Bloomington, Ind.The Indiana softball team fell to Western Kentucky, 5-3, and Notre Dame, 4-0, on day one of the Hoosier Invitational in Bloomington. The Hoosiers dropped to 17-16 on the season.
On the mound, Megan Roark took the loss in game one after pitching five innings with two strikeouts while giving up 11 hits and one earned run. Mariangee Bogado got the loss in the second game, pitching 6.2 innings with ten strikeouts and giving up just one earned run.
Offensively, the Hoosiers were led by left fielder Abby Stark who was 3-for-5 on the afternoon. Bogado was 2-for-6 with an RBI while shortstop Kim Richards was 2-for-7 with a run scored.
In game one verses Western Kentucky, Indiana took the lead, 2-0, in the bottom of the third when Bogado hit an RBI single to center, scoring Richards who had singled to start off the inning. Pinch-runner Christy Wahl then scored when Bogado was tagged out on a play at second.
The Hilltoppers came back with full force in the top of the fifth when they scored five runs on five hits and one Hoosier error, taking the lead in the game, 5-2.
The Hoosiers mounted a comeback in the bottom of the inning when first baseman Karly McCormack scored on an RBI single by designated player Lauren Hines but it was not enough to catch Western Kentucky.
Indiana then took on softball powerhouse and top 30 team, Notre Dame in game two and was plagued by errors and a lack of offense.
The Fighting Irish got on the board first in the second inning on a homerun by Meagan Ruthrauff. In the top of the seventh, Notre Dame scored three more runs on just one hit and two Hoosier errors.
In other tournament action today, Notre Dame defeated Saint Louis, 4-3, in the first game of the day and Western Kentucky downed Saint Louis, 4-0, in the final game of day one at the Hoosier Invite.
The Cream and Crimson return to the field tomorrow morning when they take on Saint Louis at 11:45 a.m. They will also face the Bills in the consolation game at 2:00 p.m. Western Kentucky will take on Notre Dame tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m. and the two teams will meet again in the championship game slated for 4:15 p.m.