San Diego, Calif.-- The Indiana Hoosiers defeated Buffalo, 2-1, and fell to San Diego State, 7-3, on the first day of action at the San Diego Classic. Indiana moves to 12-12 on the season.
According to Indiana head coach Sara Hayes Nottger, the two games provided a learning experience for her young team.
"In the first game, we showed our character," she said. "Their pitcher did a good job keeping us off balance at the plate, but we showed our understanding of how to win the game in the late innings. Our game against San Diego State was an ugly game. We are going to let this one go and be ready to roll tomorrow. We are going to come out tomorrow with some fire and play hard."
With the win over Buffalo, Indiana extended its season-best winning streak to five games, the best by a Hoosier team since IU won seven straight from March 22-April 2, 1997. Sophomore Megan Roark gave a solid performance on the mound and got her second win of the season, pitching a complete game with seven strikeouts. Leading the Hoosiers at the plate was senior Heather Stillians who had the game-winning hit in the bottom of the seventh. Junior Ashley Griffiths also had a good day at the plate, going 2-for-4.
The Hoosiers got on the board in the first when Griffiths singled to left center. Tory Yamaguchi reached on a fielder's choice while Griffiths was out at second. Karly McCormack came to the plate and slapped a single up the middle. The next two Hoosiers, Mariangee Bogado and Lauren Hines, were both hit by pitches, forcing Yamaguchi home and giving Indiana a 1-0 lead.
Indiana held the Bulls scoreless until the bottom of the fourth when Marcie Ross scored on Ann Magurs fielder's choice.
The Hoosiers answered back in the top of the seventh when Stillians hit a pinch-hit double to center to score Abby Page and give Indiana the decisive 2-1 victory. That was all the Hoosiers would need to secure the win.
In game two, Indiana had a rocky first two innings, committing four errors that led to four SDSU runs. They tacked on a fifth run on an RBI double by Erin Mahoney.
The Hoosiers got a run in the top of the fourth when Yamaguchi slapped a single to left field. With Page pinch-running, McCormack reached on an error and Bogado reached on a fielder's choice. The error also scored Page and put the Hoosiers on the board, 5-1.
Indiana put up a fight in the top of the seventh and scored two more runs. Hines and Stillians started the inning off with singles. Heather Hohs then reached base on an error, scoring Hines and advancing Stillians to third. Griffiths slapped a base hit down the left field line that scored Stillians.
Indiana continues at the San Diego Classic tomorrow when they take on BYU at 2:00 p.m. EST and UC-Riverside at 4:00 p.m. EST.