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IU softball can’t find consistency in first weekend



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Then-junior catcher Bella Norton catches a strike April 10, 2019, at the top of the seventh at Andy Mohr Field. IU lost 3 of its 5 games Feb. 6-8 at the Black and Gold Tournament in Orlando, Florida. IDS file photo and Sarah Zygmuntowski

In the warm Orlando weather Thursday and Friday, IU softball failed to get anything going. But on Saturday, the Hoosiers couldn’t be stopped.

IU finished the weekend 2-3. The team dropped both games against the University of Central Florida and the game against Duke University but beat St. John’s University and Clemson University.

Against UCF, IU lost by run-rule in both of the matchups this weekend, 8-0 in six innings and 11-2 in five. 

Senior pitcher Emily Goodin gave up three runs on three hits in five innings. Redshirt senior Josie Wood and freshman Kate Rehberg combined to give up five runs in relief in the sixth inning. The team couldn’t get its bats going either, only stringing four hits together off UCF senior Alea White. 

Against Duke, Goodin fell into the same hole, allowing three runs on three hits across three and a third innings. Rehberg gave up two over two and a third innings in relief, and sophomore Taylor Askland allowed three runs without recording an out. 

Offensively, the Hoosiers couldn’t solve the Blue Devils’ junior pitcher Peyton St. George, who didn’t allow a hit throughout five innings in relief. IU fell to Duke 8-2.

Game two against UCF on Friday proved to be more of the same. Rehberg gave up five runs while only producing one out as the game’s starter. The Knights tagged Goodin and Wood for three runs each over the next four and a third innings. 

The offense returned against St. John’s. The Hoosiers put up 10 runs, capped by freshman Desiree Dufek's single to end the game on a run rule. Six different Hoosiers contributed with at least one run batted in. Goodin provided a solid start on the mound, allowing only three hits over four innings and leading the Hoosiers to a 10-2 victory in five innings. 

IU continued its strong performance from the morning in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader, as five players each contributed an RBI in a 5-4 win over Clemson. 

Goodin capped her weekend with a complete game performance, striking out nine while only allowing five hits and walking two.

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