Minneapolis, Minn.- Shortstop Meghan Connors notched her first collegiate hit with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to score designated player Lauren Hines and lift the Indiana softball team to a 1-0 victory over Minnesota in game two of a twin bill on Sunday afternoon at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium in Minneapolis. Indiana fell to the Gophers, 6-4, in game one of the doubleheader. The Hoosiers improved to 25-25 overall and 2-8 in Big Ten play. The Gophers move to 27-16 overall and 7-5 in the Big Ten.
At the plate, first baseman Karly McCormack was 1-for-3, including a two-run homerun while left fielder Abby Stark was 2-for-5 with two RBI. Connors was 1-for-4 with an RBI.
Megan Roark got the start in game one, pitching 3.1 innings with two strikeouts. Heather Stillians pitched 2.2 innings of relief with two strikeouts. In the first game, the Hoosier pitching staff held the Gophers to just four hits and five of Minnesota's six runs were unearned.
Mariangee Bogado got the win in game two, pitching a complete-game shutout with nine strikeouts, while giving up just five hits.
In game one, Roark was able to hold Minnesota scoreless until a disastrous fourth inning for the Hoosiers. The Gophers scored six runs on two hits and six Indiana errors to take the lead, 6-0.
The Hoosiers answered back with two runs in the top of the fifth. After left fielder Abby Stark doubled to start the inning, McCormack belted her fourth homerun of the season to deep centerfield.
Indiana tacked on two more runs in the sixth. Second baseman Ashley Griffiths started the inning off with a walk followed by a double to left center by shortstop Mariangee Bogado. Stark then smacked a single to center, scoring Griffiths and Bogado.
The Hoosiers out-hit the Gophers 7-4 but were unable to recover from Minnesota's six-run fourth inning and fell, 6-4 in the first game.
Game two was a pitcher's dual until the bottom of the seventh. With one out, Hines walked and advanced to second on a groundout to first by Stark. Third baseman Rachel Terry then drew a walk and Hines stole third to put runner on the corners. Connors came to the plate and hit a blooper to third, scoring Hines and giving the Hoosiers the 1-0 win.
Next up, Indiana hosts Louisville for a single game on Wednesday, April 21 at 6:00 p.m. The Hoosiers are back on the road next weekend when they face Northwestern in single games on Friday, April 23 at 4:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 24 at 12:00 p.m. The weekend concludes on Sunday, April 25 when Indiana faces Michigan State in a doubleheader starting at 12:00 p.m.