IU Edged by Tennessee-Martin, 4-3
Western Kentucky Invitational Notes
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - Sophomore Tory Yamaguchi hit her third home run of the weekend and her fourth this season, but that was not enough as the Indiana softball team fell to Tennessee-Martin, 4-3, in bracket play on Sunday morning at the Western Kentucky Invitational. The loss eliminates the Hoosiers from the tournament.
Trailing 1-0 heading into the third, IU (6-12) took the lead plating two runs in the top of the frame. With two outs, Yamaguchi crushed her third two-run home run of the weekend over the left-field fence.
The SkyHawks would come back with a three-run fourth. After an RBI single tied the game at 2-2, UTM hit its second home run of the contest, a two-run shot giving them a 4-2 advantage.
Indiana mounted a two-out rally in the sixth to cut the deficit to 4-3. Sophomore Rachel Terry started the rally with a single. She then scored on a long double by freshman Janetta Deaven. IU, though, would not score again as it fell by one run for the second consecutive day against Tennessee-Martin.
Junior Megan Roark (4-6) went the distance for Indiana. She allowed four runs, three earned, on six hits. The right-hander also walked two and stuck out three.
IU ended the weekend tournament with a 2-3 record. Roark was named to the all-tournament team after posting a 1-3 record with an ERA of 1.91. In 25 2/3 innings pitched, Roark allowed eight runs, seven earned, on 18 hits. She also struck out 30 batters with just four walks, while holding hitters to a .191 average.
Yamaguchi also made the all-tournament team after a hitting .500 over the weekend (8-for-16) with three home runs, eight RBI and four runs scored. Her slugging percentage for the WKU Invitational was an amazing 1.125.
Junior Lauren Hines broke out of her slump with a .438 weekend (7-for-16). She had a grand slam to go with four RBI, a run scored and a stolen base, while freshman Jennilee Huddleston was 6-for-16 (.378) with two doubles, two runs scored and an RBI.
IU returns to action this weekend as the Cream and Crimson travel to California for seven games. From March 11-13, Indiana will participate in the Long Beach Tournament, where it will meet softball powerhouses Florida, San Diego State, Loyola Marymount and two games against Long Beach State. IU will then stay on the west coast for contests against Oklahoma (March 15) and Cal-State Northridge (March 16).
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