BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – No. 19 Indiana Softball split opening day at Andy Mohr Field, defeating Toledo in game one, 9-6, before falling to Ohio in the final game of the day, 4-1.
Game One: No. 19 Indiana 9, Toledo 6
- Junior Bella Norton put the Hoosiers up early as she knocked a two-run single to left in the first inning. Norton brought home sophomore Taylor Lambert, who reached on a leadoff triple, and junior Gabbi Jenkins, who drew a walk to get on base.
- Toledo responded immediately as the Rockets plated three runs in the third, taking advantage of four singles to take a 3-2 lead.
- Two more Toledo runs came across in the third on a two-run single by Kylie Norwood.
- Junior Emily Goodin relieved senior Tara Trainer in the third and limited the damage.
- Indiana began to chip away at the deficit in the bottom of third as Norton brought in Jenkins on a sacrifice bunt to make it 5-3.
- One inning later, the Hoosiers continued to fight back as sophomore Maddie Westmoreland made it a one-run game on an RBI single to left, plating pinch runner Makayla Ferrari. After a fielding error loaded the bases, Jenkins drew a walk to tie the game and score pinch runner Juvia Davis. Norton put the Hoosiers on top for good as she knocked a two-out double to left, scoring freshman Tete Hart and senior Sarah Galovich.
- IU added some insurance in the fifth, first on an RBI groundout by sophomore Camryn Woodall then on a solo home run to centerfield by Westmoreland, making it 9-5 in favor of the Hoosiers.
- A sacrifice fly from Kaitlyn Bergman in the sixth got one run back from Toledo but the Rockets would get no closer as the next four went down in order.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- The five RBI from Norton are a career high for the junior, besting her previous high of four set last season against Louisville. It is the most for a Hoosier since Westmoreland had five against Penn State last season.
- Westmoreland’s home run was the second of her season.
- Goodin earned the win as she went 2.1 frames, allowing just two hits and one run while striking out five to improve to 5-0 on the year.
- Freshman Natalie Foor recorded a save as she went the final 2.0 innings without allowing a single baserunner.
Game Two: Ohio 4, No. 19 Indiana 1
- Ohio’s Morgan Geno gave the Bobcats a 1-0 first-inning lead on an RBI double to left center.
- A two-run homer by Alex Day in the second frame pushed the Ohio advantage to 3-0.
- The fourth and final Ohio run came across in the fourth on a leadoff homer from Natalie Alvarez.
- Sophomore Annika Baez knocked a solo homer of her own in the fifth to make it 4-1.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Along with Baez, Jenkins and Norton each collected a hit in the loss.
- The home run was the third of the season for Baez.
- Junior Katie Lacefield’s hitting streak came to an end at 12 games.
- Foor took the loss for Indiana as she tossed the first 2.0 innings and allowed a pair of earned runs.
- Goodin turned in a solid relief outing as she went 5.0 scoreless frames, surrendering just four hits and striking out six.
HEAD COACH SHONDA STANTON
“In game one, Norton had a really big day for us offensively as she drove in five runs. It was nice to see us respond to an early deficit. Emily Goodin was strong for us in both games and we saw some really good innings out of her. Against Ohio, we didn’t have the offense, which has been the story in the losses we have this season. Our defense struggled as well and we need to correct some of those errors we made in the field.”
Indiana returns to action on Saturday against Northwestern in a game that will not count as a conference contest. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. and admission is free.