Bloomington, Ind.With 18 runs, 22 hits and 25 strikeouts on the day, the Indiana softball team swept a doubleheader from Indiana State on Wednesday afternoon. The Hoosiers defeated the Sycamores, 13-2, in game one and 5-2, in game two. The Hoosiers move to 17-14 on the season while the Sycamores drop to 17-15.
It was a great effort today. We brought the bats and had awesome pitching, said Indiana head coach Sara Hayes Nottger. We had a lot of energy today and the girls came ready to play.
The highlight of the day for the Hoosiers were the pitching performances by both Mariangee Bogado and Megan Roark. Bogado got the win in game one, pitching 4.2 innings with an impressive 12 strikeouts while giving up just one hit. Today marked the fifth one-hitter Bogado has thrown this year.
Roark followed with the win in game two, pitching her fifth complete game of the season with a career-high 13 strikeouts. In addition to stellar pitching, Roark was 1-for-4 with two walks and three runs scored.
The Hoosiers were led at the plate by designated player Lauren Hines who was 5-for-6 including a grand slam homerun, five RBI and four runs scored. The last time a Hoosier had five RBI in a game was March 4, 2000 when outfielder Brooke Monroe notched five in a game.
I have been waiting to get a decent hit. Its been a long time coming, said Hines. I was just trying to be patient at the plate and it finally just came together today.
Catcher Tory Yamaguchi was 4-for-7 with a homerun, two RBI and two runs scored. Second baseman Ashley Griffiths was 3-for-7 with an RBI and a run scored.
In game one, the Cream and Crimson exploded in the first inning with four runs on four hits. Hines grand slam homerun propelled the Hoosiers to a 4-0 lead. The last Hoosier to hit a grand slam was Staci Meek in 2000.
Indiana picked up two more runs in the second on a two-RBI single by right fielder Val White.
The Sycamores got on the board in the top of the fourth on a two-run homerun by first baseman Sarah Kothe.
With the Hoosiers holding a comfortable, 6-2 lead in the bottom of the fourth, Yamaguchi smacked a single to right field to score shortstop Kim Richards. The offensive spark started a scoring frenzy as the Hoosiers scored six more runs in the inning to lead, 13-2.
Bogado struck out the side in the bottom of the fifth to end the game.
In game two, the Sycamores took advantage of two Hoosier errors to jump to a 2-0 lead in the top of the third.
Indiana did not score until the fourth when Yamaguchi started the inning with a homerun to deep center. The Hoosiers offense then scored four more runs on three hits and two Sycamore errors, to take the lead, 5-2. That was all IU would need to secure the win.
The Hoosiers are back in action this weekend, March 27-28, when they host the Hoosier Invitational featuring Notre Dame, Saint Louis and Western Kentucky. Indianas first game is at 11:45 a.m. on Saturday against Western Kentucky.