Chicago, Ill. - The Indiana softball team picked up two wins when they swept Illinois-Chicago in a twin bill Wednesday evening. The Hoosiers defeated the Flames, 4-2 in ten innings in game one and 8-4 in game two. Indiana moves to 21-16 on the season. With its two wins tonight, the IU softball team now has more wins than any team since 1997.
Mariangee Bogado, who pitched all ten innings while striking out 12 and giving up just four hits, led the Hoosiers in game one. Megan Roark got the win in game two, pitching a complete game with five strikeouts.
Shortstop Kim Richards led the Hoosiers at the plate, going 3-for-8 with an inside the park homerun and three RBI.
The first game was a pitcher's dual until the bottom of the fourth when UIC's Alycia Creese slapped an RBI single to center, putting the Flames up, 1-0. They tacked on another run in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI double by Amanda Rivera.
After an uneventful six innings, the Hoosiers made it an exciting seventh when left fielder Abby Stark hit her first homerun of the season to right field. After third baseman Rachel Terry drew a walk to get on base, Roark came in to pinch-run. Shortstop Kim Richards then hit a blooper to center, scoring Roark, tying the game at 2-2 and forcing it into extra innings.
In the top of the tenth inning, the Hoosiers scored two runs when designated player Lauren Hines smacked the game-winning hit to short, allowing Richards and first baseman Karly McCormack to score and give the Hoosiers the lead, 4-2. That was all IU would need to secure the win in game one.
The Flames got on the board first in game two when Cameron Astizaran doubled and then scored on a wild pitch.
Indiana answered back in dramatic fashion in the top of the third. Second baseman Ashley Griffiths singled to start the inning. Richards then slapped an inside the park homerun down the left field line to give the Hoosiers the lead, 2-1.
IU tacked on two more runs in the top of the fifth. Stark walked to start the inning followed by a single down the left field line by Roark. With Heather Hohs pinch-running, Griffiths then reached on a fielder's choice while Hohs and Roark both scored on an error by Illinois-Chicago.
Indiana's final runs came in the top of the seventh when the Hoosiers scored three runs on four hits to increase their lead, 8-2.
UIC had a small rally in the bottom of the seventh when they plated two more runs to make the score, 8-4, but it was not enough to get the win.
Next up, the Hoosiers open Big Ten Conference play against No. 11 Michigan on Friday, April 2 at 3:00 p.m.