IU Edged In Season Finale
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Despite solo home runs by senior Ashley Griffiths and redshirt sophomore Tory Yamaguchi, a seventh-inning run by Purdue gave the Boilermakers a 3-2 victory over Indiana on Sunday afternoon at the IU Softball Complex.
"It was exactly what you expected out of this rivalry game," said head coach Stacey Phillips. "Both yesterday and today, we came out ready to play, but we just couldn't make that key play to win the game."
With the score tied at 2-2 heading into the seventh inning, Staci Falzon led off the frame with a walk. She then moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. With two outs, Becky Stone was able to make contact on a 0-1 pitch, sending a seeing-eye single up the middle just past a diving attempt by Griffiths to give the Boilermakers a 3-2 lead.
Indiana had its chance to tie the score in the bottom of the inning. Freshman Janetta Deaven led off the Hoosiers' seventh with a single up the middle. She would later move to second on a ground out. With two outs, Sophomore Heather Hohs lined a hard single into left. The ball was hit so hard and forced Deaven to stop at third. With runners on the corners, Griffiths hit a hard chopper to third that was snagged by Shelli Messer, who threw to first to end the game.
"We had runners on, but we didn't get the job done," said Phillips. "We never game up, which shows the great character that this team has."
Purdue took an early lead with two runs in the first. After scoring the two runs, the Boilermakers loaded the bases with one out. IU senior starter Katie Witham avoided further damager getting the next two batters to ground out, ending the PU rally.
In the bottom of the third, Griffiths blasted a solo shot on a 3-2 count to get the Hoosiers within one, 2-1.
Yamaguchi knotted the score at 2-2 with a leadoff home run in the fourth inning. The tater was the 11th on the season for Yamaguchi and the 21st of her career, moving her into a sixth-place tie with current assistant coach Story Hanson on the IU career list.
Bogado (2-10) took the loss in the contest. She pitched six innings in relief giving up just one run on four hits. The right-hander also walked three and struck out six.
Melissa Burns (7-2) picked up the win in relief. She threw 2 2/3 innings yielding just two hits, while walking one and fanning four. Brooke Baker earned her third save of the year in recording the final out of the contest. Diana LaRiva started for Purdue, throwing the first four innings. The Boilermaker hurler gave up two runs on three hits. She also walked one and struck out six.
After the game IU honored its two seniors, Griffiths and Witham.
Griffiths amassed 108 career hits, collecting No. 100 earlier this season in a game against Michigan State. She has also posted 24 career doubles, eight home runs, 45 RBI and 38 walks. As much as she contributed with her bat, Griffiths was just as steady in the field, ending her career with a .961 fielding percentage. She was among the top five on the team in fielding percentage all four years at Indiana
Witham led the Hoosiers in appearances, starts, innings pitched, complete games and ERA in her freshman year. In her sophomore year, she was in the circle for another 33 appearances, including 25 starts, totaling 121 1/3 innings pitched. She has gone on to compile 90 appearances, seventh all-time at Indiana, and 56 starts, ninth in Hoosiers history, as well as 291.0 career innings pitched.
IU's season comes to an end with a 13-41 record and a 2-18 mark in league play. The Big Ten mark includes six losses by one run and two more by two runs.
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