Indiana Edged in Nine Innings
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A game-winning solo home run by Louisville's Courtney Moore in the bottom of the ninth was all the scoring that the game provided as the Indiana softball team was edged by Louisville, 1-0, on Wednesday afternoon at Ulmer Stadium. With the loss, IU drops to 10-25, while the Cardinals moved to 23-12.
Moore, who came into the game hitting at .398, took a 1-0 offering from junior Mariangee Bogado (0-4) to end the contest. Catherine Bishop (13-5) was the winner for U of L.
Indiana junior hurler Megan Roark and Louisville's Aja Sherman hooked up in an old fashioned pitchers dual to start the game. Roark tossed seven scoreless innings scattering five hits, while walking none and striking out five. The seven-inning outing was the second longest of her career, behind only a 7 2/3 effort against Indiana State last year at the Southern Illinois Classic. Sherman went eight scoreless innings allowing just two hits and three walks with 15 punchouts. Both pitchers, though, would end up with a no decision.
The Hoosiers thwarted two other Louisville scoring threats in the game. In the fourth, Leslie Garland led off the frame for the Cardinals with an infield single. She then stole second and was in scoring position with no outs. Roark, though, got of the jam retiring the next three batters she faced.
In the seventh, Courtney Moore started a Cardinals rally with a leadoff single. However, she was thrown out attempting to steal as IU freshman catcher Janetta Deaven threw a bullet down to second to record the out. With two outs, Louisville mounted another rally putting runners on first and second. A passed ball moved the Cardinals to second and third, but Roark got tough and was able to get Christine Bartle to fly out to left to end the frame.
Indiana, though, let two scoring opportunities of their own slip away. With one out in the fourth, sophomore Tory Yamaguchi singled off the left-field fence. Junior Lauren Hines followed with a walk, putting runners on first and second. IU could not get a run across as a ground out and a strikeout ended the threat.
In the top of the seventh, Hines led off with a walk. Freshman Julia Hamilton came in to run for her and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by freshman Anna Olson. After sophomore Rachel Terry grounded out, Deaven was hit by the pitch, giving IU runners on first and second, but freshman pinch-hitter Kari Bettenbrock was unable to come up with the go ahead hit.
Yamaguchi ended the day at 1-for-2 with two walks, while Hohs was 1-for-3, including reaching base on a Louisville error.
Indiana returns to conference play this weekend as the Hoosiers travel to Illinois for a two-game Friday-Saturday series (April 8-9) against the Fighting Illini. Friday's contest will start at 6 p.m., while Saturday's game gets underway at noon. IU will then head to No. 19 Iowa for a noon doubleheader on Sunday, April 10.
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