Bogado Holds Evansville Hitless
EVANSVILLE, Ind. - Junior Mariangee Bogado tossed her first collegiate no-hitter and the Hoosiers hit three home runs, as the Indiana softball team blanked Evansville, 3-0, on Tuesday night at Cooper Stadium. The right-hander allowed just four walks while striking out a season-high eight batters in recording IU's third no-hitter on the season, and, overall, the Cream and Crimsons' 20th no-hitter in program history.
"That is the Mariangee that we all know," said head coach Stacey Phillips. "She has had a rough time overcoming her early season injury, but she really had good movement on her ball tonight."
The Mariara, Venezuela, native struck out one in the first and sixth, as well as the side in the third. In the seventh, after a leadoff walk, Bogado got Brooke Luker to fly out to left. She then fanned the last two batters to end the game and etch her name in Hoosier history.
"I just wanted to get a win for the team and for myself," said Bogado. "My curveball was really going and I just felt real comfortable out there."
Indiana's defense, including Bogado, played a great game, turning two double plays in the contest and throwing out a runner attempting to steal. In the fifth with one out and a runner on first, Sarah Stuart lined a shot up the middle that was grabbed by Bogado, who threw to first, doubling up Juliet Nickelson on the play.
"My defense played great behind me tonight," said Bogado. "They made every play."
The Hoosiers jumped out in front with a run in the first inning. Redshirt sophomore Tory Yamaguchi deposited a 1-1 pitch over the left-field wall for her ninth home run of the year.
IU added two more tallies in the fourth. Freshman Rachel Carlson led off the inning with an infield single. After Yamaguchi sacrificed her to second, junior Lauren Hines smacked an opposite field two-run jack to left, giving the Hoosiers a 3-0 lead.
Indiana broke the game open with two runs in the sixth. Hines started the rally by reaching on an error. Sophomore Rachel Terry then drilled a two-run home run to left-center for a 5-0 Hoosier advantage.
"It was great to get a win heading into this weekend," said Phillips. "We lost some tough games last weekend, so to come in here positive and get some early runs was a great sign for a coach to see."
It was the third time this season a Hoosier hurler held a team hitless. Junior Megan Roark notched a no-hitter against Southern University on Feb 8. Roark then threw a perfect game against IPFW on Mar. 20.
The Cream and Crimson returns to Big Ten action this weekend, with a Friday-Saturday (April 29-30) series at Ohio State. Friday's game time is scheduled for 6 p.m., while Saturday's action gets underway at 1 p.m. The Hoosiers will then head to Penn State on Sunday (May 1) for a doubleheader beginning at noon.
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