Indiana Falls to Penn State
April 30, 2004
Bloomington, Ind.After a two-run, four-hit rally in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Indiana softball team fell to Penn State, 4-3 on Friday afternoon at the IU Softball Field. The Hoosiers drop to 29-29 overall and 4-11 in Big Ten action. Penn State improves to 23-29 overall and 6-9 in the Big Ten.
We played tight this afternoon and Penn State did a great job of keeping us off balance, said Indiana head coach Sara Hayes Nottger. . I thought our pitchers did a nice job, we just needed to cover the short game a little bit better. We allowed them too many opportunities with bunts and infield hits. Hopefully we come out tomorrow, loosen up and swing the bats.
Pitcher Mariangee Bogado fell to 15-15 on the year after pitching three innings, while giving up two runs and striking out three. Bogado contributed at the plate for Indiana, going 2-for-3 on the day.
Catcher Tory Yamaguchi and first baseman Karly McCormack both hit bombs in the bottom of the seventh, breaking the Hoosier team record for homeruns. The 2004 Indiana softball team has now hit 33 homeruns this season, the most in school history.
In the Big Ten, Indiana ranks first in extra-base hits with 87 and second in homeruns with 33.
We have had an impressive offense all season long, said Nottger. We have great power numbers. We are one of the top in the Big Ten in doubles and homeruns but the thing that is most impressive to our staff is that the team hit well against the best teams in the country.
The Nittany Lions jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the top of the first on an RBI-single by center fielder Leigh Murray to score designated player Jen Williams who had singled to start the inning. Penn State tacked on two more runs in the sixth on a two-run homerun by catcher Kate Gentile.
The Hoosiers were held scoreless until the bottom of the second. Third baseman Rachel Terry walked to start the inning, bringing in Abby Page to pinch-run. Page advanced to second on a wild pitch and third on a ground out by left fielder Abby Stark. On the next pitch to center fielder Kim Richards, Page scored on a passed ball.
Indiana scored two more runs in the bottom of the seventh. Yamaguchi started the inning with her team-leading ninth homerun of the season. McCormack followed with her fifth-homerun of the season. The Hoosiers then loaded the bases but could not get a run across, losing 4-3.
The Hoosiers and the Nittany Lions face off again on Saturday, May 1. First pitch is set for 12:00 p.m.