Bloomington, Ind.The Indiana softball team defeated Bowling Green, 6-4 in game one and 4-2 in game two during a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon at the IU Softball Field. The Hoosiers move to 23-18 overall while the Falcons fall to 13-19.
Megan Roark got the start and the win in both games for the Hoosiers after pitching a total of 13.1 innings, while striking out 12 and giving up just two runs. Roark improved her season record to 8-6.
At the plate, first baseman Karly McCormack was 4-for-6 with three RBI and one run scored. Right fielder Val White was 2-for-6 with two RBI while second baseman Ashley Griffiths was 2-for-6 with an RBI and one run scored.
The Cream and Crimson scored first in game one. In the bottom of the first, McCormack slapped a two-RBI single to deep center, scoring two and pushing the Hoosiers out to a quick 2-0 lead. Indiana tacked on another run in the second inning when Griffiths hit a two-out RBI double down the left field line.
Outfielder Mariangee Bogado then hit her third homerun of the season in the third inning, giving the Hoosiers a 4-0 lead.
The Falcons came back in full force in the top of the fifth. Bowling Green scored four runs on three hits and two Hoosier errors to tie the game at 4-4.
The Hoosiers scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the inning. McCormack smacked another RBI single to right that scored shortstop Kim Richards, who had singled earlier in the inning. Indiana tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI double by White.
Indiana got on the board first again in game two. Running for McCormack, Abby Page stole third and then scored on a base hit to center by catcher Rachel Terry. Terry then scored on a Bowling Green error, giving the Hoosiers a 2-0 lead.
Two more runs came in the bottom of the sixth for the Hoosiers. After a single to reach base to start the inning, McCormack scored on a groundout to second by pinch-hitter Heather Stillians. Third baseman Abby Stark then scored on an RBI double to White to put the Hoosiers ahead, 4-0, going into the seventh.
The Falcons mounted a comeback in the top of the seventh when they had back-to-back two-out singles followed by a two-run double by Lindsay Heimrich that scored two, but it was not enough to overtake the Hoosiers.
The victory in game two marked head coach Sara Hayes Nottgers 100th career victory. Prior to taking over the Indiana program in 2003, Nottger was head coach at Northern Iowa where she led the Panthers to a 58-59 record in two years. Last year, Nottger guided the Hoosiers to 19 wins and so far this year, Indiana has notched 23, bringing her total to 100.
Indiana travels to Ball State for a non-conference game on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. The Hoosiers return home to face Big Ten Conference foes Iowa and Illinois. The Hawkeyes travel to Bloomington for games on Friday, April 9 at 3:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 10 at 12:00 p.m. The Fighting Illini come in for a doubleheader on Sunday, April 11 starting at 12:00 p.m.