Bloomington, Ind.The Indiana softball team kept its 2004 Big Ten Tournament hopes alive on Saturday with a 7-2 win over arch-rival Purdue at the IU Softball Field in Bloomington. Indiana improves to 32-30 overall and 7-12 in Big Ten action. Purdue drops to 31-25 overall and 4-14 in the Big Ten.
Indiana now sits in a three-way tie for seventh place along with Michigan State and Penn State in the Big Ten standings. With the top eight teams advancing to the Big Ten Tournament, which begins on May 13, tomorrows game against the Boilermakers in West Lafayette is a crucial match-up for the Hoosiers.
We were a little anxious going into the game today, but we got some emotion going after the first couple of innings," said Indiana head coach Sara Hayes Nottger. Mariangee came in and did a great job shutting Purdue down. Val White also came up with a two-out hit that scored two runs. I was impressed with how much energy, confidence and drive the team had. It is nice, at this point in the season, to be playing for something. We are going to play hard tomorrow and go after a chance to compete in the tournament.
Mariangee Bogado notched her 16th win of the season, pitching 5.2 innings with five strikeouts.
At the plate, the Hoosiers were led by designated player Lauren Hines, who was 2-for-2 with a walk, a run scored and two RBI. Right fielder Val White was 1-for-3 with two RBI, while first baseman Karly McCormack was 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
Indiana got on the board first in the bottom of the first inning. Left fielder Abby Stark started the game with a walk on four pitches. Heather Hohs came in to pinch-run and was sacrificed to second by center fielder Kim Richards. Catcher Tory Yamaguchi singled to right and Hines singled to left, scoring Hohs and giving the Hoosiers the lead, 1-0.
Purdue answered back with two runs in the top of the second. Designated player DaQueta Johnson hit a solo shot to left to tie the game at 1-1. The Boilermakers scored again on and RBI single by pinch-hitter Kristen Schell.
The Cream and Crimson broke the game open in the bottom of the third, scoring four runs on four hits. Katie Witam came in to pinch-run for Richards, who reached base after being hit by a pitch., and advanced to third on a single by Yamaguchi. Hines came to the plate and smacked a double to left, scoring Witham and moving Yamaguchi to third. McCormack then came the plate and hit single to left, scoring Yamaguchi. With two outs, White drilled a single to center, scoring Hines and McCormack to give Indiana a 5-2 lead.
The Hoosier tacked on two more runs in the fourth, taking advantage of three Boilermaker miscues. Bogado allowed just one hit in the next three innings, securing the 7-2 win for Indiana.
Seniors McCormack, Stark, White and Heather Stillians were honored in a ceremony after the game.
Words cant explain how good it feels to score a lot of runs and win such an important game, said Stillians. It is a nice feeling to walk away with a win in my last game here in Bloomington.
The Hoosiers will end their regular season when they travel to West Lafayette, Ind., tomorrow to take on Purdue. First pitch is set for 1:00 p.m.