Indiana Drops Two To Wisconsin|
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Redshirt sophomore Tory Yamaguchi was 5-for-8 on the day with a home run and two RBI, but that was not enough as the Indiana softball team was downed by Wisconsin, 10-7 and 5-0, on Sunday afternoon at the IU Softball Field.
In game one, IU (12-35, 2-12 Big Ten) fell behind early as the Badgers (20-20, 6-8) tallied a run in the first. However, Indiana came right back in the bottom of the inning to take a 2-1 lead. After a one-out single by sophomore Kim Richards, Yamaguchi took an 0-1 riseball over the right-field wall for a two-run jack. The home run was career hit No. 100 for the Woodland Hills Calif., native as well as her 18th career homer.
The Hoosiers added a third run in the fourth. Terry led off the inning with a base knock to right. Freshman Julia Hamilton would then enter the game to pinch-run for her. A sacrifice bunt by freshman Anna Olson followed by a wild pitch moved Hamilton all the way to third. She would later score on an RBI double by freshman Janetta Deaven.
The Cream and Crimson extended its lead with a three-run fifth. The rally started with two outs in the inning when Yamaguchi drilled a double to right field. After junior Lauren Hines worked out a walk, Terry plated an RBI single through the left side, scoring Yamaguchi. On the throw home, Hines moved to third and Terry sprinted into second. The aggressive base running paid off for Indiana as Olson then lined a two-run single down the left-field line, putting IU out in front 6-1.
The lead would not last long, though, as Wisconsin sent 13 batters to the plate in the top of the sixth. The Badgers ended the frame with a 10-6 lead, scoring eight times on seven hits.
The Cream and Crimson got one of those runs back in their bottom half of the inning on a solo home run by senior Ashley Griffiths.
Wisconsin got that run back in the seventh and went on to post a 10-7 victory.
Yamaguchi ended that game 2-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored and two RBI. Terry was 4-for-4 with a run and an RBI, while Olson was 1-for-3 with two runs batted in.
The Hoosiers were unable to continue their offensive performance in game two. Despite plating seven hits, walking four times and having a batter reach on an error, IU could not get a run across the plate and fell 5-0.
The Badgers tallied a run in the second, third and fifth, before taking a commanding 5-0 advantage with two in the sixth.
Yamaguchi was 3-for-4 in the contest, while freshman Rachel Carlson was 2-for-4.
Junior Megan Roark recorded her 200 strikeout of the season in the game. She became just the fourth IU hurler to reach the 200 K plateau in a season. Amy Unterbrink did it three times with 370 in 1986, 298 in 1984 and 245 in 1985. Gina Ugo accomplished the feat in 1996 with 272, while current Hoosier Mariangee Bogado recorded 207 punchouts in 2004.
Indiana will be back in action on Tuesday, April 26, as the Hoosiers make a trip to in-state rival Evansville to face the Purple Aces. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.