Hoosiers Fall To No. 1/1 Michigan
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Playing their third straight ranked opponent and sixth straight game against a top 25 team, the Indiana softball team dropped both games of a doubleheader to No. 1/1 Michigan, 9-0 and 10-2, on Sunday afternoon at the IU Softball Complex.
"There is a reason why they are number one in the country," said head coach Stacey Phillips. "They can really hit and pitch and they don't make many mistakes to take advantage of."
Jennie Ritter (21-0) tossed her first ever collegiate perfect game in the opener for Michigan (44-3, 10-1 Big Ten), striking out nine in the game. The Wolverines plated multiple runs in the second, third, fourth and fifth inning to best the Hoosiers 9-0.
In game two, Samantha Findlay was 3-for-3 with three home runs, four runs scored and five RBI as the U-M downed IU, 10-2.
Michigan led 3-0 until the third inning when Indiana (12-31, 2-8) struck for two runs. With one out and runners on first and second, redshirt sophomore Tory Yamaguchi ripped an RBI double down the right-field line, cutting the Wolverines' lead to two, 3-1. A wild pitch later in the inning put the Cream and Crimson within one, 3-2.
Michigan built its lead back up to three runs with two solo long balls in the third. The number one ranked team in the country would put the contest away with three runs in the fifth and a pair in the sixth.
Indiana hits the road for a doubleheader at No. 16/19 Missouri on Wednesday, April 20. It will be the Hoosiers fourth straight ranked opponent and, overall, the Cream and Crimsons' 12th and 13th games this season against a ranked program. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.
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