BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Senior Ashley Griffiths and junior Lauren Hines hit home runs and junior Megan Roark tied her career-high with 13 strikeouts, as the Indiana softball team blanked Ball State, 6-0, on a cold and rainy Tuesday afternoon at the IU Softball Field.
“The weather wasn’t the best, but we came out ready to play today,” said head coach Stacey Phillips. “We didn’t let the weather bother us and we just got our bats going early.”
IU (9-21) jumped out in front plating three runs in the first inning. Sophomore Kim Richards worked out a lead off walk to start the rally. After Griffiths sacrificed her to second, redshirt sophomore Tory Yamaguchi singled to put runners on second and third. Hines then took a 1-0 pitch and crushed a three-run home run to center field.
“I was in a slump to start the season, but now I just feel like I am seeing the ball a lot better,” said Hines. “I think it’s a lot better to have a slump at the start rather then when the Big Ten season rolls around.”
Indiana padded its lead with two runs in the second. Sophomore Heather Hohs tripled to start the inning. With one out, Griffiths launched her first home run of the season, a two-run blast to left field giving the Hoosiers a 5-0 lead. The Cream and Crimson added another run in the sixth on an RBI single by freshman Anna Olson.
That was plenty for Roark who recorded her 13th complete game of the season. The right-hander struck out at least one batter in every inning and ended the game by punching out the side in the seventh. She had a no-hitter going into the sixth when, with two outs, Alyssa Huffman laid down a bunt and beat it out for an infield single. Amanda Pick followed with a double to left field, giving Ball State (6-16) its only threat of the game, with runners on second and third. Roark, though, settled down and got Kelli Jeziorski to groundout to end the inning.
Hines was 2-for-3 with a home run, three RBI and a run scored. Olson was 2-for-2 with an RBI while Griffiths was 1-for-3 with a home run, a run scored and two RBI.
The Hoosiers will board a bus and travel to Terre Haute, Ind., for a contest against Indiana State tomorrow, March 23, with first pitch slated for 3 p.m. at Price Field. That game was originally scheduled to be a doubleheader, but now ISU will make the trip to Bloomington for a game in April on a date that is still to be determined.