Late Inning Rally Stuns IU
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A pitcher's dual was the story for the first five innings, but a five-run sixth spelled doom for the Indiana softball team, as the Hoosiers fell to Purdue, 5-0, on Saturday afternoon at the Boilermaker Varsity Softball Complex.
Indiana's (13-40, 2-17 Big Ten) Mariangee Bogado and Purdue's (33-22-1, 9-10) Brooke Baker kept both teams scoreless through five, but the home team struck for five runs in the bottom of the sixth.
Baker (15-14) went the distance for the victory. She scattered three hits, while walking two against seven strikeouts.
Heading into the sixth, IU got the Boilermaker leadoff hitter to ground out. Katie Absher then worked out a walk to start the Purdue rally. It appeared IU would get out of the inning, as Andrea Hillsey hit a routine grounder to third. Indiana third basemen Rachel Terry picked up the ball and threw to second to start the double play, but the sophomore's throw sailed high and into center field. Four of the next five Boilermakers then plated hits, as Purdue went on to take a 5-0 advantage.
The Hoosiers had their opportunities to score in the contest, but the Cream and Crimson were never able to come up with a key hit.
Freshman Janetta Deaven led off the fifth inning with a double to right center, but she would wind up being stranded at third base.
In the sixth, a one-out single by sophomore Kim Richards and a walk by junior Lauren Hines put Hoosiers on first and second. Redshirt sophomore Tory Yamaguchi then drilled a shot to right field that was caught for the second out. A strikeout followed to end the rally and keep the game at a scoreless tie.
Richards and Hohs finished 1-for-3 in the game, while Deaven was 1-for-2 with a walk.
Indiana and Purdue will conclude the two-game series tomorrow in Bloomington. Game time is set for 1 p.m., at the IU Softball Complex. After the game, IU will honor their two seniors, Ashley Griffiths and Katie Witham.
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