IU Drops a Pair to Ranked Foes
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Box Score vs. Florida
Box Score vs. Long Beach
LONG BEACH, Calif. - The Indiana softball team dropped a doubleheader to open the Long Beach Invitational on Friday afternoon at Mayfair Park. The Hoosiers lost a heartbreaking 1-0 decision to No. 16 Florida, before falling to No. 25 Long Beach State 5-0.
"We played two ranked teams pretty tough today," said head coach Stacey Phillips. "We just could not get any runs across."
Against the 16-ranked Gators (18-6), junior Megan Roark (4-8) took the loss despite throwing her ninth complete game of the season. Roark allowed just one run on three hits. The right-hander also struck out seven against one walk.
Florida tallied the lone run of the contest in the sixth inning. With one out, Shelly Stevens blooped a single just over the out-stretched glove of Hoosiers' shortstop Jennilee Huddleston. Lauren Roussell followed with an RBI triple to right field. Roark settled down after that striking out the last two batters to end the Florida rally.
Indiana (6-14) had its chances to score against the Gators. In the fourth, IU had runners on first and second with just one out, but the Hoosiers were unable to come up with the key hit.
IU also had a baserunner on second in the fifth with one out, but, again, Indiana could not get the runner to cross the plate.
"We have to do a better job of getting hits when runners are on base," said Phillips. "Megan (Roark) pitched great out there and we need to back her up with some runs."
Stacey Stevens (10-4) picked up the win in relief for Florida. She pitched the final 2 2/3 innings not giving up a hit while striking out four.
In the nightcap, a four-run second by No. 25 Long Beach State (13-7), helped by two IU errors, put the Hoosiers in an early 4-0 hole.
Indiana would hold off The Beach from scoring in the third and fourth, as the 49'ers loaded the bases in both innings with one out. In the fifth, though, Long Beach State would again load the bases and, with two outs, a hit batsman would give the 49'ers a 5-0 advantage..
Senior Katie Witham (2-4) started and took the loss for Indiana. She went the first five innings allowing five runs, two earned, on 11 hits. Roark closed out the contest tossing a scoreless two innings in relief.
Sophomore Rachel Terry was 2-for-3, while junior Lauren Hines, sophomores Heather Hohs and Tory Yamaguchi, and Huddleston each tallied a hit. Freshman Anna Olson got the Hoosiers seventh hit, and her first collegiate hit, with a single in the seventh.
Indiana continues the Long Beach Invitational tomorrow as the Hoosiers play another two-team doubleheader. At 11:15 a.m. (PST), Indiana will square off against San Diego State. The Cream and Crimson will then play Loyola Marymount at 1:30p.m. (PST).
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