San Diego, Calif.- The Indiana softball team fell to BYU, 2-0, and defeated UC-Riverside, 5-1, on day two of the San Diego Classic in California. The Hoosiers move to 13-13 on the season.
" The first game, Mariangee did a wonderful job on the mound, but we struggled defensively, " said Indiana head coach Sara Hayes Nottger. "In game two, we played with more confidence both at the plate and in the field. We are excited for tomorrow and we are going to go out and play hard."
Indiana got stellar performances from pitchers Mariangee Bogado and Megan Roark in today's games. In game one, Bogado pitched her ninth complete game of the season in seven innings with four strikeouts, while giving up just one hit. In game two, Roark got the win after pitching five innings with one strikeout, while giving up just one run. Bogado registered the save after pitching two innings with four strikeouts.
At the plate, the Hoosiers were led by junior second baseman Ashley Griffiths, who was 3-for-6 with an RBI and a run scored.
Errors continued to plaque the Hoosiers in game one against the BYU Cougars. Indiana held BYU scoreless until the fourth inning when the Cougars scored two runs on two errors by the Indiana defense. Although the Hoosiers out-hit the Cougars, 4-1, they could not capitalize on the scoring opportunities.
In game two against UC-Riverside, Indiana got on the board in the first. Senior right fielder Val White started the inning with a walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice by Griffiths. Senior first baseman Karly McCormack slapped a double to deep left field, scoring White. Bogado then came to the plate and hit a single, scoring McCormack and putting the Hoosiers on the board, 2-0.
In the bottom of the third, the Hoosiers tacked on another run when Griffiths started the inning off with a single to right center. McCormack then had a base hit to center, which scored Griffiths and gave the Hoosiers the lead, 3-0.
The Highlanders got on the board in the top of the fifth on an RBI double by pinch-hitter Jeannie Robison.
The Hoosiers answered back in the bottom of the inning when Tory Yamaguchi had an infield hit to the shortstop which brought Wahl in to pinch-run. Bogado came to the plate and smacked a double to deep center field to score Wahl and increase the Indiana lead, 4-1.
In the bottom of the sixth, Indiana tacked on an insurance run when Roark walked to start the inning followed by a single by White. Griffiths came to the plate and smacked a single to center, scoring Roark and giving Indiana a comfortable four-run lead. That was all the Hoosiers would need to secure the win.
The IU softball team concludes its spring break trip tomorrow morning when they take on Southern Utah at 12:00 p.m. EST.