Evanston, Ill.-The Indiana softball team fell to Northwestern, 11-1 in five innings, Friday afternoon at Sharon J. Drysdale Field in Evanston, Ill. The Hoosiers fall to 26-26 overall and 2-9 in Big Ten play. Northwestern moves to 25-13 overall and 8-5 in the Big Ten.
"Northwestern came out on fire from the beginning and we could not stifle it," said Indiana head coach Sara Hayes Nottger. "It's a challenge to continue to compete when you are down by six runs after the first inning. We are going to try and be a completely different team tomorrow. We are going to come out aggressively, hit the ball and play solid defense."
Leading the Hoosiers at the plate was third baseman Rachel Terry who was 1-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored. The Palatine, Ill., native hit her first collegiate homerun run in the top of the third.
Northwestern took a quick 6-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, scoring six runs on six hits and one Hoosier error. The Wildcats picked up five more runs in the bottom of the second, including a two-run home run by third baseman Kristen Amegin.
Indiana answered back in the top of the third on Terry's home run. The Hoosiers managed just two other hits off Northwestern hurler and winning pitcher, Eileen Canney.
Indiana and Northwestern meet again Saturday afternoon. First pitch is set for 12:00 p.m. The Hoosiers conclude the weekend in East Lansing, Mich., when they take on Michigan State in a twin bill starting at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.