Bloomington, Ind. After holding Iowa scoreless until the bottom of the sixth, the Indiana softball team lost a 1-0 heartbreaker on Saturday afternoon at the IU Softball Field. The Hoosiers drop to 23-21 overall and 0-4 in Big Ten play, while Iowa moves to 25-15 overall and 6-0 in the Big Ten.
Despite the loss, Indiana head coach Sara Hayes Nottger was pleased with her teams performance.
I think today was one of the best games we have played all year, said Nottger. Our approach today was similar to how we played against Nebraska, Arizona, Florida and the other great teams we have played all year. We swung the bats well, it just came down to a couple of plays. The one girl that reached second base for Iowa, scored. Lisa Birocci (2003 Big Ten Pitcher of the Year) did a great job of shutting us down in the fifth and sixth innings. We had our chances, and I think the more times we put ourselves in these situations, the sooner we will learn to be successful.
Mariangee Bogado pitched her 13th complete game of the season for Indiana, while allowing just three hits and striking out five.
Bogado held Iowa scoreless until the bottom of the sixth when right fielder Mindy Heidgerken, who singled to start the inning, scored on a base hit by left fielder Amanda Hentges, putting the Hawkeyes on the board, 1-0.
Despite out-hitting Iowa 4-3, Indiana was unable to capitalize and score. Their best opportunity came in the fifth when designated player Lauren Hines doubled to start the inning. With Lisa Birocci into the game in relief, leftfielder Abby Stark singled to right. Birocci was then able to shut the next three batters down to end the inning.
The Hoosiers close out the home stand on Sunday afternoon when they take on Illinois in a twin bill starting at 12:00 p.m.