Hoosiers Fall to SDSU, LMU
California Trip Notes
Box Score vs. San Diego State
Box Score vs. Loyola Marymount
LONG BEACH, Calif. - The Indiana softball team saw its losing streak reach a season-high six games as the Hoosiers were downed by San Diego State, 2-0, and Loyola Marymont, 8-0, in the second day of play at the Long Beach Invitational on Saturday afternoon at Mayfair Park.
In the first contest of the day against San Diego State (17-10), the game was scoreless until the fourth inning when the Aztecs took a 1-0 lead. Chrissie Markham took a 2-2 riseball from Hoosiers' starter Megan Roark and hit an RBI double to right field. SDSU plated its second run in the fifth on an RBI groundout by Kristen Carranza.
Indiana (6-16) did threaten to score in the third and fourth. Sophomore Kim Richards ripped a two-out double to left field in the third, but IU could not get her home. In the fourth, the Hoosiers had runners on first and second with two outs, but a strikeout would end that rally.
Roark (4-9) was the pitcher of record for Indiana. The junior went the first five innings giving up two runs on four hits. She also struck out two and walked one.
"Just like yesterday, we had a great pitching performance and could not get any runs on the board," said head coach Stacey Phillips. "We need to string some hits together and score."
Celena Velasquez (9-1) earned the win for the Aztecs with the complete game shutout. The right-hander struck 11 Hoosiers on the day against just one walk. She also scattered five hits in the contest.
In the second game of the doubleheader, Loyola Marymount (9-6) took an early 2-0 lead with two runs in the first. An RBI triple by Danielle Kaminaka and a sacrifice fly by Caylin Horish did the damage for the Lions.
LMU added another two runs in the fourth and four in the sixth to take the game.
Senior Katie Witham (2-5) took the loss for IU. The right-hander started the game and lasted just one inning, giving up two runs on two hits. Roark hurled five innings in relief work allowing six runs on seven hits. The right-hander also notched nine strikeouts and walked just one batter.
Kayle Meeks (4-0) earned the win for Loyola Marymount. She threw the shutout scattering just two hits. The hurler struck out four on the day and did not permit a walk.
Indiana will end the Long Beach Invitational tomorrow as the Hoosiers play their second game against host Long Beach State. First pitch is set for 11:15 a.m. (PST).
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