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IU splits first two games of tournament

The Hoosiers split their two games on Friday to start off the Wilson/DeMarini Classic.

Indiana started off in an early 0-3 deficit in their first game against the Utah Valley Wolverines, but junior Michelle Huber's double in the third inning got things going for the Hoosiers.

Later that inning, a groundout from senior Brianna Meyer scored Shannon Cawley, who went on to score three runs this game. The tying run came from the bat of Kelsey Dotson, which knotted the game up, 3-3.

After the Hoosiers took the lead the next inning off an unearned run from Cawley, the Wolverines truck for four runs in the top of the fifth inning, taking the lead, 7-4.

After a Uden walk, an Utah Valley error; Uden scored on a Huber RBI single up the middle, cutting the Wolverine lead, 7-5.

After another walk, this time by sophomore Kayla Mattewson, Meyer hit a single to right center, scoring Cawley and pinch runner Alyssa Rosati, tying the game at 7-7.

Mattewson later scored an unearned run for the Hoosiers on a throwing error from Utah Valley, thus giving the lead back to the Hoosiers, 8-7.

The comeback was officially completed the next inning as senior Miranda Tamayo picked up her first win of the season (1-3) after coming in for Emily Kirk who had given up four runs on seven hits in 3 1/3 innings pitched. Tamayo finished giving up no runs on one hit in 2 1/3 innings pitched.

This win improved Indiana to 2-4 on the season, with a chance to improve more later that night when Indiana would face off against the University of Texas-El Paso.

In the second inning, the Miners jumped off to 3-0 lead in an inning that included five singles and a two run home run.

The Hoosiers failed to show any type of comeback in this one until the sixth inning. With bases loaded and two outs, freshman Mena Fulton struck out to end the threat.

The only run for the Hoosiers came in the seventh inning when Uden scored an unearned run.

Emily Kirk picked up her first loss of her career, giving up three runs on five hits in 1 1/3 innings pitched.

Tamayo pitched again in this one and had back-to-back strong appearances, giving up just one run on five hits in 4 2/3 of relief.

The Hoosiers spit games take their record to 2-5 now, and will have the chance to improve on Saturday as they take the field against Cal State Northridge and New Mexico.

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