Hoosiers Split with Ohio State
May 2, 2004
Bloomington, Ind.The Indiana softball team fell to Ohio State, 4-3 in game one, but came back, with a season-high 14 hits, to take game two, 4-1 in a twin bill on Saturday afternoon at the IU Softball Field in Bloomington. The Hoosiers improves to 31-30 overall and 6-12 in Big Ten action. Ohio State moves to 32-21 overall and 8-9 in the Big Ten.
I thought we swung the bats better in the early innings of the second game, said Indiana head coach Sara Hayes Nottger. We came out aggressively and had some opportunities to score early. We also had great pitching from Megan Roark. Kristi DeVries of Ohio Sate is one of the best pitchers in the country and she held us off balance well in the first game. Overall, we came up with a win against a team that has a strong offense, a great pitching staff and has just done a great job all year long. It was huge win for our program.
Indianas offense exploded against the Buckeyes, collecting 18 hits and seven runs on the day. In the first game, center fielder Kim Richards was 1-for-3 including a homerun, while second baseman Ashley Griffiths was 1-for-2 with a walk. Third baseman Rachel Terry paced the Hoosiers in game two, going 3-for-3 with three RBI, while Griffiths was 2-for-3 with a run scored. First baseman Karly McCormack was 1-for-4 with an RBI and right fielder Val White was 1-for-3 with a run scored.
I thought our whole team was going up there and taking good cuts today, said Terry. That gave me confidence to swing the bat well too. The players before me were doing a good job getting on base and I was glad I could contribute by hitting the ball and scoring some runs.
Megan Roark took the loss in game one, pitching 3.1 innings, while giving up just three hits. Heather Stillians picked up her sixth win of the season in game two and Mariangee Bogado notched her team-leading fourth save of the year.
In game one, Ohio State got on the board first in the bottom of the fourth inning, scoring three runs on two hits. They tacked on another run in the fifth when left fielder Megan Schwab scored on a Hoosier error, giving Ohio State the lead, 4-0.
In the bottom of the inning, the Hoosiers answered back on a solo homerun by Richards, her third bomb of the season.
Indiana rallied in the bottom of the sixth, scoring two runs on two hits and one Ohio State error. Heather Hohs, pinch-running for left fielder Abby Stark, scored when designated player Lauren Hines reached on a fielders choice. Stillians then crossed the plate on a groundout to second by McCormack.
Down 4-3, the Hoosiers attempted a two-out rally in the bottom of the seventh when Griffiths singled to left, but it was not enough to overtake the Buckeyes.
In game two, it was Indianas turn to score first. In the top of the fourth, Terry knocked in White, who had singled earlier in the inning.
The Buckeyes tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the fifth on a homerun by catcher Natalie Hales.
The Hoosiers took the lead for good in the top of the sixth, scoring three runs on four hits. McCormack doubled down the left field line to score Page, who was pinch-running for Hines. With Christy Wahl pinch-running for McCormack, Griffiths singled to put runners on first and third. Terry then slapped a single to right, scoring Wahl and Griffiths, securing the 4-1 victory for Indiana.
The Cream and Crimson continue with Big Ten Conference play when they take on Purdue in a home-and home series May 8-9. The Hoosiers and the Boilermakers play a single game in Bloomington on Saturday, May 8 starting at 12:00 p.m. The two teams then meet up again on Sunday in West Lafayette for a single game starting at 1:00 p.m.