Madison, Wis.-- The Indiana softball team won its first Big Ten Conference game of the season and snapped a five-game losing streak with a 3-2 extra-inning win over Wisconsin on Friday evening at Goodman Field in Madison. The Hoosiers improve to 24-23 overall and 1-6 in Big Ten play. The Badgers move to 20-23 overall and 3-6 in the Big Ten.
"The team played really well tonight," said Indiana head coach Sara Hayes Nottger. "We swung the bats well and Megan and Mariangee both did a great job from the circle. We are very excited about this win. We need to carry this momentum into tomorrow's game. If our offense is rolling, our defense will play well and we will win."
Megan Roark got the start for the Hoosiers, pitching four innings with three strikeouts. Mariangee Bogado got the win for Indiana after pitching five innings of relief with eight strikeouts. Bogado also led the Hoosiers at the plate, going 2-for-4 with two RBI. Right fielder Val White was 1-for-4, including the game-winning RBI in the top of the ninth inning.
"We are so happy to finally get a win in the Big Ten," said Bogado. "All of my pitches were working for me and I was glad I could contribute with my hitting. Hopefully we will carry this win into our other conference games."
The Hoosiers got off to a quick lead in the first inning. Second baseman Ashley Griffiths smacked a double to left followed by a single to left by catcher Tory Yamaguchi. Yamaguchi then advanced to second on a Badger error and Abby Page came in to pinch run. Bogado came to the plate and hit a blooper to center field, scoring Griffiths and Page, which gave the Hoosiers the lead, 2-0.
Wisconsin answered back with a run in the bottom of the first on a RBI single by catcher Boo Gillette to score Samantha Polito who had tripled to start the inning.
Errors were a problem for Indiana as the Badgers tied the game 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth after scoring one run on one hit and two Hoosier errors. Designated player Anastasia Miller reached on an error and then scored on a single by right fielder Natalie Phillips.
Wisconsin rallied in the bottom of the seventh when left fielder Diana Consolmagno doubled to left center and then Miller drew a walk to put Badger runners on first and second with two outs. Bogado struck out second baseman Tara Hamilton for the third out to force the game into extra innings.
With two outs in the top of the ninth for Indiana, designated player Lauren Hines drilled a double to center field. With Kim Richards pinch-running, White slapped a single to center, scoring Richards and giving the Hoosiers the lead, 3-2.
Bogado struck out two in the bottom of the ninth to notch the win for Indiana.
The Cream and Crimson will face the Badgers again tomorrow afternoon for a single game starting at 12:00 p.m. at Goodman Field in Madison. The road trip concludes on Sunday with a doubleheader against Minnesota starting at 12:00 p.m.