Roark Tosses Perfect Game, IU Splits IU Classic

    Go Hoosiers! Junior Megan Roark added a perfect game to her collegiate career, setting down all 18 IPFW batters in Sunday's contest at the IU Classic.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Junior Megan Roark added a perfect game to her collegiate career, setting down all 18 IPFW batters in Sunday's contest at the IU Classic.
    Go Hoosiers!
    IU Classic Notes
    Box Score Game One
    Box Score Game Two
    Box Score IPFW vs. Loyola-Chicago

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Behind junior Megan Roark's first collegiate perfect game, the Indiana softball team blanked IPFW, 8-0, in the first game of the IU Classic held on Sunday morning at the IU Softball Field Complex. Indiana was downed in the second game by Loyola-Chicago, 6-1. The Ramblers also defeated IPFW, 7-6, on the day.

    "She was a pitcher who just seemed in complete control," said head coach Stacey Phillips. "It was cold out there, but she was able to put that behind her and throw a great game."

    Roark's perfect game was the fourth in school history. The last time the feat was accomplished was on April 27, 1990 as Christy Brown tossed a five-inning perfect game against Michigan State in an IU 9-0 victory. Earlier this year, Roark (6-12) notched her first collegiate no-hitter against Southern University.

    The right-hander seemed in complete control right from the start striking out the side in the first inning. She struck out at least one batter in every inning and finished the contest with 10 total punchouts.

    "It is kind of strange considering that I did not feel real good warming up," said Roark. "I didn't have great command of my pitches at all before the start of the game."

    Sophomore Tory Yamaguchi got the Hoosiers on the board in the bottom of the first. The catcher drilled her sixth home run of the season giving IU a 1-0 lead.

    Indiana added two more in the fourth. With two outs, sophomore Christy Wahl hit an RBI infield single, scoring freshman Julia Hamilton. With runners on first and second, sophomore Kim Richards ripped a single to center field. It appeared as if the Hoosiers would have the bases loaded, but an error by IPFW center-fielder Amanda Ditton scored another run and Indiana had a 3-0 advantage.

    The Cream and Crimson broke the game open with a four-run fifth. RBI singles by freshman Anna Olson and Janetta Deaven put IU in front, 5-0. The Hoosiers then had runners on second and third with two outs when Wahl hit a routine fly to left field that appeared to end the inning, but left-fielder Laura Randolph dropped the ball allowing another two runs to score for a 7-0 Indiana lead.

    The Hoosiers ended the contest with a run in the sixth. Senior Ashley Griffiths was hit by the pitch to lead off the inning. Yamaguchi then smacked a double to left field putting runners on second and third. Junior Lauren Hines put the run rule in effect with an RBI single to center.

    Every Hoosier starter had a hit in the game led by Hines who was 3-for-4 with an RBI. Griffiths was 2-for-3 with two runs scored, while Yamaguchi was 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI.

    Indiana was unable to carry that momentum into the second game as Loyola-Chicago scored four runs on six hits in the first inning.

    IU's only run came in the third inning, thanks to an error by LUC third baseman Beth Florina which allowed sophomore Heather Hohs to score.

    The Ramblers plated two more in the fifth and took the game 6-1.

    Indiana returns to action on Tuesday, March 22, as the Hoosiers welcome Ball State into the IU Softball Complex. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.




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