Bloomington, Ind.The Indiana softball team defeated the University of Louisville, 3-2 in eight innings, during a non-conference game Wednesday afternoon at the IU Softball Field in Bloomington. The Hoosiers improved to 26-25 overall while Louisville fell to 35-11 on the season.
Louisville is ranked 30th in the country right now so it was great to get a win against such a good team, said Indiana head coach Sara Hayes Nottger. We were able to get Heather Stillians and Katie Witham some time on the mound because they have not pitched much lately. They did a good job for us. We were also relaxed at the plate today and we hit the ball well.
Catcher Tory Yamaguchi led the way for the Hoosiers, going 4-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Shortstop Mariangee Bogado was 1-for-4, including the game winning hit in the bottom of the eighth inning. Left fielder Abby Stark was 1-for-3 with an RBI.
I was having fun today and I was pretty relaxed at the plate, said Yamaguchi. This was a huge win for us. Louisville is a very good team and it was great to get the win.
Indiana had a combined pitching effort from the circle. Heather Stillians picked up her fourth win of the season after pitching 4.2 innings, while striking out four. Katie Witham pitched three innings with one strikeout.
The Hoosiers took the lead in the bottom of the first. Right fielder Val White was hit by a pitch and then advanced to second on a sacrifice by second baseman Ashley Griffiths. Catcher Tory Yamaguchi then came to the plate and drilled a double to center, scoring White and giving Indiana the lead, 1-0.
The Cream and Crimson tacked on another run in the bottom of the fourth. Yamaguchi started the inning off with a single to left. With two outs, Stark singled to center which allowed Yamaguchi to score.
Louisville mounted a successful comeback in the top of the seventh. Shortstop Courtney Moore started off the inning with a double to right and advanced to third and then scored on back-to-back wild pitches. Pinch-hitter Kristi Rozelle then drew a walk which brought in right fielder Candi Hicks to run. Third baseman Audrey Rendon singled to center, moving Hicks to second. Hicks then scored on a two-base Hoosier error, tying the game at 2-2.
Cardinal pitcher Catherine Bishop shut the Hoosiers down in the bottom of the seventh to force the game into extra innings.
In the bottom of the eighth, Griffiths reached on a Louisville error and advanced to second on a base hit by Yamaguchi. Bogado came to the plate and slapped a single to left, scoring Griffiths which gave Indiana the 3-2 victory.
Next up, the Hoosiers face Big Ten Conference foe Northwestern for single games on Friday, April 23 at 3:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 24 at 12:00 p.m. Indiana closes out the weekend in East Lansing, Mich. with a doubleheader against Michigan State starting at 12:00 p.m.