Indiana Wins Home Opener
Western Michigan/IU Classic Notes
Box Score Game One
Box Score Game Two
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana softball team ended its nine-game losing streak with a 2-1 win over Western Michigan in the Hoosiers home opener on Saturday afternoon at the Indiana Softball Complex. In the second game of the doubleheader, IU was downed by WMU, 4-2.
With the split, IU is now 7-20 on the season while Western Michigan is 5-12 on the year.
In game one, the Broncos got on the board first with a two-out rally, hitting back-to-back doubles in the second inning to take a 1-0 lead.
WMU held the 1-0 advantage until the sixth. With two outs sophomore Tory Yamaguchi worked the count to 2-0 before blasting a game-tying solo home run over the center-field fence.
After holding WMU scoreless in the top of the seventh, Indiana won the game in the bottom of the frame. Sophomore Rachel Terry started the rally with a one-out double to right. Senior Ashley Griffiths then singled to left field and advanced to second as WMU's defense did not make an attempt to get her out.
With runners on second and third, freshman Janetta Deaven stepped up to the plate. Despite being in a 1-for-23 slide the rookie catcher took a 1-1 pitch up the middle for the game-winning hit, as Terry scored on the play giving the Cream and Crimson a 2-1 lead.
Junior Megan Roark (5-12) picked up her fifth win of the season. The right-hander pitched her 11th complete game of the season allowing just one run on four hits. She also struck out five and did not walk a batter.
In the second game, the Hoosiers jumped out in front tallying single runs in the second and third inning. Freshman Anna Olson led off the second with a single. She was then pinch run for by classmate Julia Hamilton, who proceeded to steal second and third base. With one out, Griffiths crushed an RBI double to deep left-center field and IU had a 1-0 lead.
Sophomore Kim Richards started the IU rally in the third with a lead off double. The Cream and Crimson played small ball after that, with freshman Jennilee Huddleston laying down a sacrifice bunt moving Richards to third. Yamaguchi then surprised the Western Michigan defense with a bunt of her own, squeezing home Richards on the play and Indiana had a 2-0 advantage.
The Broncos answered with four runs in the fifth to take a 4-2 lead. After a Hoosier error kept the inning alive, Amanda Heckeman nailed a three-run home run to put the Broncos ahead for good.
Indiana threatened to tie the game in the sixth. IU had runners on second and third with one out, but a strikeout and a groundout ended the rally.
Senior Katie Witham (2-6) was the pitcher of record for IU. She tossed 4 2/3 innings giving up four runs, all unearned, on six hits.
Indiana returns to action tomorrow, Mark 20, as the Hoosiers host the IU Classic. The Cream and Crimson will face off against IPFW at 11 a.m., and Loyola-Chicago at 3:30 p.m. Inbetween those games, IPFW and Loyola-Chicago will meet at 1:15 p.m.
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