Madison, Wis.- The Indiana softball team lost to Wisconsin, 1-0 on Saturday afternoon at Goodman Field in Madison. The Hoosiers fall to 24-24 overall and 1-7 in Big Ten play. The Badgers move to 24-20 overall and 4-6 in Big Ten play.
We fought hard today, said Indiana head coach Sara Hayes Nottger. We swung the bats well, but we did not execute our short game. We had three different balls that were hit hard but just didnt fall. If they would have fallen, we would have scored and won the game. Tomorrow, against Minnesota, we need to execute our short game better and continue to hit the ball hard.
Mariangee Bogado started the game for Indiana, pitching five innings with three strikeouts. Megan Roark pitched two innings of relief, striking out three. First baseman Karly McCormack led Indiana at the plate, going 2-for-3 on the day.
Wisconsin got on the board in the top of the first inning on a RBI single by left fielder Diana Consolmagno to take the lead, 1-0.
The Hoosiers were robbed of the tying run in the bottom of the fifth on a stellar play by the Badger second baseman. With two outs in the inning, first baseman Karly McCormack singled to left which brought third baseman Rachel Terry to the plate. Terry singled to center, advancing McCormack to third. Pinch-hitter Heather Stillians smacked a line drive toward center, but the ball was caught by a leaping Tara Hamilton to end the inning.
Indiana scattered six hits throughout the game but were unable to capitalize on the scoring opportunities.
Next up, the Cream and Crimson will look for their second Big Ten Conference win when they travel to Minnesota for a doubleheader Sunday afternoon starting at 12:00 p.m.