Wildcats and Hoosiers Split
April 16, 2003
"I feel that we didn't really play all that well today, but I was pleased with the resiliency we showed in the second game," said first-year head coach Sara Hayes. "We showed heart and fought back hard. As far as the second game being called to darkness, I felt that the game should had been called an inning prior."
Leading 4-2 entering the top of the sixth inning of the nightcap, Kentucky scored two runs to tie the contest, 4-4. Although the pair of runs in the top of the sixth essentially tied the game, Kentucky lost its race against lengthening shadows and the game was called because of darkness prior to Indiana's at-bat in the bottom of the inning. Because Indiana -- the home team during both games -- was not afforded its at-bat in the bottom of the inning, the game reverted to the final full inning played, which was the fifth. In doing so, the two runs that Kentucky scored in the top of the sixth were removed from the scorebook and Indiana secured the 4-2 win.
In the shortened second game, it was a four-run third inning that ended up being more than enough for sophomore pitcher Katie Witham (5-10) to earn the complete-game victory. In five innings pitched, the Scottsdale, Ariz., product allowed only four hits and two earned runs, while walking three and striking out one. She allowed a two-out home run to shortstop Rachel Friberg with two outs in the bottom of the first that gave the Wildcats a 2-0 lead, yet for the remainder of the contest, allowed only a single in the second and a double in the fourth.
Indiana recorded eight hits in game two against Kentucky hurlers Amy Kendall (7-20) and Crystalie Wolfe. Kendall pitched the first 2 2/3 innings, allowing four hits and three earned runs, before giving way to Wolfe, who allowed four hits and no earned runs over the final 2 1/3 innings.
In the nightcap, junior first baseman Valerie White recorded a two-run double in the bottom of the third that tied the game. Later that inning, she scored the go-ahead run on a single by senior catcher Stormy Hanson.
Kentucky recorded 16 hits, a season-high, in the opener and scored single runs in the first, second, third, and fifth innings before overcoming a 5-4 deficit with a four-run sixth inning. Wolfe pitched the first five innings for the Wildcats and allowed six hits and two earned runs, while walking two and striking out two. Kendall, the 2002 Indiana "Ms. Softball" from Northrop High School in Fort Wayne, pitched the final two innings and allowed four hits and three earned runs.
Junior Heather Stillians (7-12) started the first game for the Hoosiers and pitched 5 1/3 innings before giving way to freshman Megan Roark with two runners on and one out in the top of the sixth. The first hitter Roark faced, Kentucky catcher Lyndsey Angus, welcomed the IU righthander with a three-run homer that propelled the Wildcats to an 8-5 lead.
White, who was 4-for-6 on the day with a double and two RBI, led Hoosiers in the opener with three hits in four at-bats. Freshman Lauren Hines hit her third home run of the season in the bottom of the second inning, narrowing Kentucky's lead to 3-2. After Kentucky scored a lone run in the top of the fifth, the Hoosiers answered with three runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning on run-scoring singles by Stillians and junior Abby Stark. Hanson scored the second run of the inning scoring on a wild pitch.
Indiana returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Ball State for a doubleheader that begins at noon.