Tucson, Ariz.-- After facing some tough competition on day two of the Hillenbrand Invitational, the Indiana Hoosiers defeated North Texas, 8-3 and fell to No. 2 Arizona, 6-0. The Cream and Crimson moved to 7-10 on the season while North Texas fell to 7-24 and Arizona moved to 23-0.
In game one, sophomore pitcher Megan Roark got a much-deserved win. She pitched 6.2 innings with seven strikeouts, one walk and no runs.
Offensively, just about every Hoosier contributed in the win. Karly McCormack went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Lauren Hines went 2-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored. Tory Yamaguchi went 2-for-4 with a run scored while Abby Stark was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.
For the second game in a row, the Hoosiers got on the board early in the second inning when McCormack slapped a shallow base hit to third base. With sophomore Abby Page running for McCormack, Hines came to the plate and slammed a double to deep center field, scoring Page and putting the Cream and Crimson on the board, 1-0.
In the fourth, McCormack started the inning with her second infield single of the game. Hines came to the plate and smacked a long two-run homerun to deep centerfield. Mariangee Bogado then reached base on an error and then scored on a base hit by Abby Stark.
Indiana came back in the fifth when with two outs, Yamaguchi hit a double to center followed by a double to left by McCormack to score Yamaguchi. Hines was walked intentionally which Bogado to the plate. Bogado hit a single to right, which scored McCormack and gave the Hoosiers a 6-0 lead.
North Texas answered back in the bottom of the fifth when Katy Maxey smacked a single to center followed by another single by Brittiny Chapman.
In the top of the sixth, the Hoosiers tacked on two more runs. Stark started the inning off with a base hit. Roark then reached base on an error and stole a base to put runners on second and third. White came to the plate and smacked a single to left, scoring Stark. Two batters later, Yamaguchi came to the plate and slapped her second double of the game, scoring Roark, and giving the Hoosiers an 8-3 lead. That was all the Hoosiers would need to secure the win.
The Hoosiers had a tough time in game two versus No. 2 Arizona. Although Indiana battled on every pitch, All-American pitcher Alicia Hollowell tossed a perfect game against the Hoosiers.
Bogado pitched her seventh complete game of the season for Indiana with two strikeouts.
The Wildcats are the Hoosiers' second ranked opponent of the season. Last year, Arizona advanced to the Women's College World Series for the 16th time and finished in third place.
Indiana is back in action tomorrow when they face No. 24 Georgia Tech in the tournament finale at 9:00 a.m. MST.