East Lansing, Mich.-- The Indiana softball team fell to Michigan State, 6-4 in ten innings in game one, but came back to win game two, 8-3, in a twin bill on Sunday afternoon at Old College Field in East Lansing, Mich. The Hoosiers move to 28-27 overall and 4-10 in Big Ten action. Michigan State drops to 26-21 and 6-10 in the Big Ten.
IU collected 18 hits and scored 12 runs on the day. First baseman Karly McCormack was 2-for-7 with four RBI while left fielder Abby Stark was 3-for-9 with an RBI and a run scored. Designated player Lauren Hines was 1-for-6 with two RBI and a run scored. In game one, Heather Stillians was 1-for-2 including her first homerun of the season.
In the circle, Mariangee Bogado got the start in both games, pitching 9.1 innings with six strikeouts on the day. Megan Roark pitched 7.1 innings of relief with five strikeouts. Roark moves to 9-9 after taking the loss in game one while Bogado moves to 15-14 with the win in game two.
In game one, Michigan State took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the third on a three-run homerun by pitcher Jessica Beech.
The Hoosiers answered back in the top of the fifth with four runs on three hits and one Spartan error. After one out, third baseman Rachel Terry singled to left. With Abby Page pinch-running, second baseman Ashley Griffiths reached on an error, allowing Page to score. Right fielder Val White then came to the plate and slapped a single to center to put runners on first and third. White then advanced to second and Griffiths scored on a Spartan error. Coming off the bench to pinch-hit, Stillians came to the plate and hit a two-run shot to deep center field to give Indiana the lead, 4-3.
The Spartans tied the game at 4-4 in the bottom of the inning on a solo homerun by center fielder Angel Merren.
The game stayed tied until the bottom of the tenth when MSU's third baseman Brittany Green hit a two-run homerun to left, securing a 6-4 victory for the Spartans.
In game two, Indiana jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first. After Bogado reached on a fielder's choice, catcher Tory Yamaguchi singled to right, putting Hoosiers on first and second. Hines came to the plate and was hit by a pitch to load the bases. McCormack then drilled a bases-clearing double to deep center field, giving Indiana the lead.
The Hoosiers broke the game open in the bottom of the third, scoring five runs on four hits and two MSU errors. The inning was highlighted by a two-run single by Hines and an RBI double by McCormack.
Michigan State scored one run in the top of the sixth. Designated player Dayna Feenstra singled to start the inning and then scored on a wild pitch, but it was not enough and the Hoosiers notched the win, 8-3.
With the win against Michigan State, the Hoosiers have now won more games than any Indiana softball team since 1997.
Next up, Indiana travels to Lexington, Ky., to take on the University of Kentucky in a doubleheader on Wednesday, April 28 starting at 4:00 p.m.