Hoosiers Split Another
Western Kentucky Invitational Notes
Indiana vs. Austin Peay Box Score
Indiana vs. Tennessee-Martin Box Score
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - The Indiana softball team split a doubleheader for the second consecutive day as the Hoosiers downed Austin Peay, 8-3, before falling to Tennessee-Martin, 2-1, in the second day of the Western Kentucky Invitational. IU now stands at 6-11 on the season.
Indiana started the day with the win against Austin Peay. The Hoosiers took command early with a four-run second inning. Helped by two Lady Governor errors, IU loaded the bases with no outs when junior Lauren Hines connected on her second collegiate grand slam.
IU added another run in the fourth. Freshman Jennilee Huddleston led off the inning with a single to right field. She would advance to second on a passed ball and to third on a groundout. Sophomore Rachel Terry then gave IU a 5-0 lead with an RBI single to right.
After Austin Peay scored a run in the bottom of the fourth, IU came right back with two in the fifth. Once again the Hoosiers used the long ball as Yamaguchi hit her second two-run home run of the weekend giving Indiana a 7-1 advantage.
IU tallied its eighth run of the game in the seventh inning. With two outs, freshman Janetta Deaven doubled to the gap in center field. Huddleston followed with a double of her own as Deaven scored on the play.
Senior Katie Witham (2-3) got the win for Indiana. The right-hander pitched seven strong innings allowing just one unearned run on four hits.
Hines ended the game at 2-for-4 with a grand slam, four RBI and a run scored, while Huddleston was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Yamaguchi and Deaven both had a hit apiece and two runs scored. Yamaguchi also added a home run and two RBI.
Against Tennessee-Martin, the game was scoreless until the fifth when the Skyhawks hit two solo home runs to take a 2-0 lead. The Cream and Crimson nearly tied the game in the bottom of the frame. Terry walked to lead off the inning and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by freshman Julia Hamilton. Senior Ashley Griffiths was then able to work out a walk and the Hoosiers had two runners on with just one out. Freshman Rachel Carlson then hit into a fielder's choice as Terry was retired on the play, but IU still had runners on first and second. Sophomore Kim Richards got the Hoosiers on the board with an RBI single to left field. Griffiths scored on the play, and when Tennessee-Martin left fielder Christy Whalen misplayed the ball, Carlson hustled around the basepaths and attempted to score, but a good throw by Whalen got her at the plate preventing IU from tying the game.
IU had two opportunities to tie the game, but the Hoosiers left a runner on second in both the sixth and seventh inning.
Junior Megan Roark (4-5) threw her seventh complete game of the season in the loss. Roark allowed just two runs on five hits. The right-hander also struck out eight and did not walk a batter.
Gina Templeton hurled the complete game victory for Tennessee-Martin. She gave up just one run on five hits.
Yamaguchi was 2-for-3 with a run scored, while Richards was also 2-for-3 in the contest. Hines had the only other IU hit in the game.
Indiana returns to action tomorrow in the final day of play in the Western Kentucky Invitational. Bracket play will decide the champion of the annual WKU tournament. Just like the Tiger Classic the Hoosiers competed in two weeks ago, each team will be assigned a seed based on their record on the weekend. Indiana finished at 2-2, but with two games left to be played at the WKU Invitational, the playoffs are not set yet. Please check back later with iuhoosiers.com for a complete schedule of Sunday's games.
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