Hoosiers Fall in Season Finale
Bloomington, Ind.--The Indiana softball team capped off its 2004 season with a 2-1 loss to Purdue at the Varsity Softball Complex in West Lafayette. The Hoosiers fall to 32-31 overall and 7-13 in Big Ten action. The Boilermakers move to 32-25 and 5-14 in the Big Ten.
With the loss, Indiana sits in ninth place in the Big Ten standings, out of contention for a spot in the 2004 Big Ten Tournament.
"We were very disappointed because we out-played Purdue with great defense and great hitting all day long," said Indiana head coach Sara Hayes Nottger. "Mariangee Bogado and Megan Roark did an outstanding job on the mound today. Purdue plays with a lot of heart. They came through when they needed to. We had some chances to put the game away and we didn't take advantage of them. Had we done that, the outcome might have been a little bit different. But to Purdue's credit, they fought hard and came up with some big hits in the seventh inning."
Mariangee Bogado got the start for the Cream and Crimson, pitching 3.1 innings with two strikeouts. Megan Roark pitched 3.1 innings of relief with four strikeouts, while giving up just three hits.
At the plate, the Hoosiers were led by center fielder Kim Richards who was 2-for-3 and left fielder Abby Stark who was 2-for-4 on the day. Catcher Tory Yamaguchi was 1-for-3, including a homerun.
Indiana got on the board first in the top of the third when Yamaguchi hit her team-leading tenth homerun of the season. The Woodland Hill, Calif., native finished the year with a season-high seven game hit streak.
Roark retired nine of the eleven Boilermakers she faced and held Purdue scoreless until the bottom of the seventh. With one out, right fielder Angela Knight hit an RBI double to right center to tie the game at 1-1. After Knight was forced out at third, pinch-hitter Becky Stone hit a line drive down the right field line to score shortstop Tricia Lilley and notch the win for Purdue.
The loss closed out an impressive season for the Indiana softball team. After winning just 19 games in 2003, the Hoosiers came back in 2004 to win 32, more than any team since 1997. The Cream and Crimson also notched seven Big Ten wins in 2004, more than any team since 1998.
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