Late Hoosier Rally Falls Short
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Redshirt sophomore Tory Yamaguchi went 2-for-3 and ignited a late Hoosier rally, but the Indiana softball team could not push across the tying runs as the Cream and Crimson fell to No. 16/17 Northwestern, 4-2, on Saturday afternoon. With the loss, IU now stands at 12-19, 2-6 in the Big Ten while NU moved to 28-9, 10-0 in the conference.
"I am very proud that this team never game up," said head coach Stacey Phillips. "We made a few adjustments at the end of the game and we gave ourselves a chance to win."
Trailing 4-1 heading into the seventh, Yamaguchi led off the inning with a double down the left-field line. With freshman Julia Hamilton pinch running for Yamaguchi, junior Lauren Hines stroked an RBI single to center, cutting the Wildcats' lead to 4-2, while bringing the tying run to the plate.
The Hoosiers would later bring the go ahead run to bat, as sophomore Rachel Terry worked a one-out walk, putting runners on first and second. IU, though, was unable to get the key hit off Northwestern hurler Courtnay Foster as she struck out the last two batters to end the rally.
"We came up a bit short," said coach Phillips. "We are improving with every game and every inning, but to beat a team like these, you have to take advantage of everything."
Just like in Friday's game, Northwestern jumped out in front with two runs in the first.
Indiana did not get its first hit until the fourth when Yamaguchi drilled a solo home run to left, getting Indiana back within one, 2-1.
Northwestern then added two runs in the fifth on a Garland Cooper two-run long ball to take a 4-1 advantage.
Junior Megan Roark (9-15) took the loss despite a solid performance on the mound. Roark notched her 16th complete game of the year diving up four runs, three earned, on seven hits. The Pleasant Hills, Calif., native struck out seven and walked two on the day.
Foster (13-4) was the winner for NU. The right-hander went the distance allowing two runs on three hits. She also struck out 17 and walked two.
Indiana is back in action tomorrow, April 17, as the Hoosiers host No 1/1 Michigan in a doubleheader. Game time is set for noon.
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