IU Gets Win, Earns Series Split
May 1, 2004
Bloomington, Ind.On a rain-soaked afternoon that included a forty-minute rain delay in the top of the sixth, the Indiana softball team defeated Penn State, 2-1, to earn a series split, on Saturday at the IU Softball Field. The Hoosiers improve to 30-29 overall and 5-11 in Big Ten action. Penn State falls to 23-20 overall and 6-10 in the Big Ten.
I thought we came out on fire today and swung the bats well, said Indiana head coach Sara Hayes Nottger. We got a great pitching performance from Megan Roark and Mariangee Bogado looked great in relief. The team looked solid on defense. We had some tough plays because Penn State can really hit the ball and they have a lot of speed. The rain delay could have been a challenge for us but it didn't turn out to be a factor in the game for us.
Indiana got a stellar pitching performance from Megan Roark who picked up her tenth win of the season. The Pleasant Hill Calif., native pitched 5.1 innings with six strikeouts, while giving up just one run. Mariangee Bogado pitched 1.2 innings of relief and notched her third save of the season.
First baseman Karly McCormack led the Hoosiers at the plate, going 2-for-3 on the day. Second baseman Ashley Griffiths was 1-for-2 with a walk, a run scored and an RBI.
The Hoosiers got both of their runs in the top of the third. Third baseman Rachel Terry started the inning with a double to right field. Heather Hohs came in to pinch-run and then scored when Griffiths doubled to center. Left fielder Abby Stark then advanced Griffiths to third on a sacrifice bunt, bringing Bogado to the plate. Bogado smacked a single to left, scoring Grifffiths and giving Indiana the lead, 2-0.
Penn State answered back with a run in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single by right fielder Meghan Wolfer.
After a rain delay in the top of the sixth that lasted almost forty minutes, Bogado dispatched the Nittany Lions 1-2-3 in the bottom of the seventh to notch the win for Indiana.
The Cream and Crimson return to action Sunday afternoon when they host Ohio State in a twin bill starting at 12:00 p.m. In between the two games, the Hoosiers will hold a home run derby featuring the Indiana football team verses the wrestling team.