IU Stays Perfect on the Season, Improves to 14-0
MACON, Ga. – No. 19 Indiana Softball remains perfect on the season as the Hoosiers defeated Loyola Chicago on Sunday, 3-1, to move to 14-0 on the year and add on to the best start in program history.
- Indiana took a 1-0 lead in the opening frame as sophomore Grayson Radcliffe singled through the right to plate junior Katie Lacefield, who had knocked a two-out double to left.
- After two quiet innings from both bats, Loyola Chicago tied the game at 1-1 in the fourth as Shannon McGee scored on an IU throwing error. The Ramblers moved a runner to third with two outs on a sacrifice bunt and foul out, but senior pitcher Tara Trainer stranded her there to limit the damage.
- The Hoosiers answered in the bottom of the fourth as sophomore Annika Baez laid down an RBI sacrifice bunt to score sophomore Makayla Ferrari, in running for Lacefield who was hit by a pitch to lead things off.
- IU again turned to small ball in the fifth as sophomore Camryn Woodall laid down a one-out sacrifice bunt to plate Gabbi Jenkins, who led off the inning with a double to left.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Senior Tara Trainer earned her fourth win of the weekend and improved her record to 9-0 overall, tossing her fifth complete game of the season. Trainer fanned eight batters and allowed just one run and one walk. For the weekend, Trainer collected 37 strikeouts with a 0.28 ERA in 25 innings pitched.
- Sunday’s contest marked the first of the weekend without an IU home run. The Hoosiers collected 10 total homers in the first four games of the tournament.
- The 14-game win streak is the best for an Indiana squad since the 2011 team put together a 15-game streak.
HEAD COACH SHONDA STANTON
“Tara was on. We didn’t have the offensive production that we’d like but we clutched up when we needed it – whether it was a two-out RBI or the small ball to plate two runs. Pretty excited about what our ballclub is doing and how we’re using our personnel.
To do the things we’re doing is pretty impressive. I’ve coached a lot of ballclubs in 23 years and to start 14-0, that’s a tough thing to do no matter who you’re playing or when you’re playing. It’s pretty exciting and hats off to Team 46. I give all the credit in the world to these players.”
The Hoosiers travel to Baton Rouge, La. next weekend for the Purple and Gold Challenge, hosted by LSU. IU will face off against Stephen F. Austin and current-No. 9 ranked LSU on Friday before facing USC Upstate and Illinois State Saturday. The weekend will conclude with a Sunday rematch against Illinois State.