Hoosiers Topped by No. 9 Oklahoma
California Trip Notes
LONG BEACH, Calif. - A five-run sixth inning propelled ninth-ranked Oklahoma to a 7-4 decision over the Indiana softball team on Tuesday afternoon at the Long Beach Community College Softball Field. The loss drops the Hoosiers to 6-18 on the season while the Sooners improved to 28-4.
"It was a good game, but we just came up a bit short," said head coach Stacey Phillips. "We hit the ball today off three good pitchers and that was great to see."
Oklahoma stole a run in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead. With runners on the corners and no outs, OU attempted a double steal as Norrelle Dickson swiped home while Kristen Vesely took second. IU threw down to second, but even though IU had a chance to tag Vesely out, Hoosiers' second baseman Kari Bettenbrock elected to throw home to cut down the run.
IU came back, though, ending a five-game and 39-inning scoreless streak with a run in the fourth to tie the game at 1-1. Sophomore Tory Yamaguchi led off the inning with a long double to left field. Freshman Julia Hamilton would pinch-run for her and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by junior Lauren Hines. With two outs, sophomore Rachel Terry ended the offensive drought with an RBI single.
Oklahoma answered in the bottom of the frame with a Jamie Fox solo home run to take a 2-1 advantage.
Indiana then exploded with three runs in the fifth inning to take a 4-2 lead. Sophomore Kim Richards started the rally with a lead off double. After the next two Hoosiers were retired, Hines worked out a walk, putting runners on second and third. Freshman Anna Olson then took a 2-2 pitch and smacked her first collegiate home run, a three-run shot over the right-center field fence.
"I was just trying to hit the ball hard somewhere," said Olson. "We needed a big hit and I was just trying to get that for my teammates."
The ninth-ranked Sooners responded with six hits and five runs in the sixth inning to take 7-4 lead, a score that they would eventually win by.
Junior Megan Roark (4-11) started and took the loss for IU. Roark went five innings allowing five runs on seven hits. She also struck out four and did not walk a batter.
Jadyn Smith got the win for Oklahoma. The right-hander came out of the pen to pitch 2/3 of an inning. She did not give up a hit and struck out one.
Olson led the way with a 1-for-4 performance, including a home run and three RBI. Richards, Terry and Yamaguchi all had two hits while Hines and Bettenbrock added a hit apiece. Freshman Janetta Deaven reached base in all three of her at-bats via a hit by pitch.
Indiana will conclude its west coast road trip tomorrow, March 16, with a 1:30 p.m. (PST) contest at Cal-State Northridge.
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