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TUCSON, Ariz. – Indiana Softball (9-8) swept their way to a pair of wins in day two of the Wildcat Invitational earning back-to-back shutout victories. The Hoosiers defeated Boise State (13-9) 5-0, and South Dakota (11-13) in run-rule fashion by a final score of 9-0. IU has won three straight ballgames.
Game One: Indiana 5, Boise State 0
- Grayson Radcliffe made an amazing grab over her head to catch a line drive in the bottom of the first inning. Emily Goodin then registered back-to-back strikeouts to get the Hoosiers out of the frame.
- Indiana got three across in the top of the second. As Desiree Dufek attempted to steal second, Tete Hart was able to steal home. Grayson Radcliffe followed it up with hard hit double to center field bringing home pinch runner Columbia Holeman. Radcliffe later stole home has Gabbi Jenkins was caught in a long put out at second base.
- The Hoosiers brought another home in the top of the third as Bella Norton drew a walk. Caraline Woodall came into pinch run and then stole second base. Annika Beaz then singled up the middle allowing Woodall to reach home on the throw.
- IU extended the lead in the top of the fifth inning starting with a double from Gabbi Jenkins. Hannah Davis brought her home with a single to the right side. Indiana held the Broncos to a shutout to earn the 5-0 victory.
- Starting game one, senior Emily Goodin recorded her seventh victory of 2020. She has pitched 10 complete games in a row dating back to Feb. 8 against Clemson, including now three shut outs. She has 84 strikeouts and an ERA of 1.76. As a team IU has now only allowed on run over their last three games.
- Grayson Radcliffe Had another solid day at the plate and at shortstop for IU. She hit a pair of doubles including one for an RBI in the first game, and had five put-outs on the day. The junior is batting .333.
- The top of the order had four of the eight hits against Boise State, which was Grayson Radcliffe, Gabbi Jenkins and Hannah Davis. Highlighted by Gabbi Jenkins who went 2-4 with a double and a run.
Game Two: Indiana 9, South Dakota 0 (5)
- Indiana kept the runs coming to start their second game of the day against South Dakota. Gabbi Jenkins singled and then stole second early in the first inning. Bella Norton scored her with a single to shortstop giving IU a one-run lead.
- IU broke things open in the top of the third inning, putting up a six spot. Annika Baez homered against the Coyotes for the second day in a row bringing home Gabbi Jenkins and Hannah Davis extending the Hoosier lead to 4-0. Katie Lacefield then hit a home run to right field to score Columbia Holeman giving Indiana a 7-0 lead.
- In the top of the fifth inning the Hoosiers got two more across as Taylor Lambert doubled to center field. Chloe Steinhaus came in to pinch run before Brittany Ford scored her with a single. Abi Stahlhut added to the lead later in the frame with a SAC fly to center allowing Desiree Dufek to score making it 9-0. Taylor Askland came in to relieve Josie Wood in the bottom of the fifth inning getting the three outs to end the ballgame.
- Indiana continues to lead the way in stealing with four against BSU, and six against USD. Gabbi Jenkins recorded two alone in the win against South Dakota.
- Annika Baez continues to have a big weekend in her home state going 3-6 on the day hitting her fourth home run of the season against South Dakota. Her four RBI's on the day have her now leading the team at 12 going in the final day of the weekend.
- Katie Lacefield hit her first home run of the 2020 season in the victory of South Dakota. She now has eight long balls on her career with IU.
- Josie Wood earned her second victory in a row in a starting effort pitching both wins this weekend against South Dakota. She moves to 2-0 on the year with 11 strikeouts.
- Brtittany Ford went 1-1 with her first RBI of the season in the win over USD.
HEAD COACH SHONDA STANTON
"Exciting full day of softball. We talked yesterday about having enough evidence to convict us that we love the game of softball, and we're going to put it all out on the field. I felt we did that today. We've won the weekend now on back-to-back weekends, and if do that in Big Ten play you're going to end up with 14 to 15 wins which will put you in the top third of the conference. I'm proud of our efforts, we're going to enjoy the rest of the day, and come out to face Arizona tomorrow."
Indiana Softball concludes play in the Wildcat Invitational on Sunday (March 8) morning against the hosting No. 4/5 Arizona Wildcats.