Tory Yamaguchi finished one of the best careers in IU softball history in 2008 and is now serving her second season as a volunteer assistant coach with the Hoosiers. This will be her eighth season with the Indiana softball program as her playing career was interrupted on two occasions by season-ending injuries. This season she will work with the pitchers and catchers throughout the season.
Yamaguchi brought her senior season to a close with a bang, as she broke the career home run record at Indiana with her 39th home run on April 27 against Iowa, a game-winning three-run blast to keep the Hoosiers in the hunt for the Big Ten Tournament. The next weekend, the final weekend of the season, the Hoosiers played host to Purdue in the final home game of her career and she crushed her 40th career home run to go out in style.
But the native of Woodland Hills, Calif., was more than just a power hitter during her career in Bloomington. She was either first or second on the team in batting average each of her first three season with the Hoosiers and was also the leading home run hitter for each of those teams as well.
After redshirting her first year at IU due to injury, she came in and hit .340 with 10 home runs (a IU freshman record) and 22 RBI while only committing two errors behind the plate in her first full season. She collected 64 hits on the year, one of the top ten single-season totals in IU history and received Second Team All-Big Ten laurels for her efforts.
As a redshirt sophomore in 2005, she started all 52 games and hit .296 with 11 home runs and 26 RBI. And she was marvelous in the field yet again, as she committed just two more errors.
Her career was again put on hold in 2006 as she was able to receive another medical redshirt after falling ill and becoming unable to play at all during the season. But she did not stay down long, as she came roaring back onto the scene with a career high 12 home runs and 32 RBI during her redshirt junior year. The 12 round-trippers ties her for third on the single-season home run list while her .597 slugging percentage was also one of the top ten for a single season in IU history.
Before arriving at Indiana, Yamaguchi was a standout performer at Chaminade College Prep. She was named the team's best defensive performer and First Team All-Mission League following her senior campaign. She was also a member of the 16th Annual Daily News All-Star West team and First Team Los Angeles Times All-Region Team for her performance during her final year at Chaminade.
Yamaguchi was also very successful off the field as well, as she was named Academic All-Big Ten three times. She graduated following the 2007 season with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology will complete her Master's Degree in Kinesiology - Applies Sport Science this spring at Indiana.
PLAYING CAREER INFO
SENIOR YEAR (2008)
Became the all-time home run leader at Indiana on May 3, 2008 with a solo home run against Purdue in her final home game ... one of three players to appear in all 51 games, with 49 coming in a starting role ... hit .226 with seven home runs and 26 RBI in addition to five doubles ... also scored 14 runs and was second on the team by drawing 19 walks ... hit career home run no. 39 on April 27, 2008 at home against Iowa, a three-run shot in the fifth inning to give Indiana a 3-2 win over the Hawkeyes and moving her into sole posession of the career home run record at Indiana ... also has 105 runs batted in for her career to put her fourth in that category ... she also became just the fourth player in IU history with 100 or more RBI in their career ... had a two-run single against Utah State (2/16) ... hit her first home run of the season against Tulsa (2/17) ... had an RBI single against Fairfield (3/9) ... laid down a perfect squeeze bunt against UMass (3/15) to tie the game at 1-1 ... logged her second double of the season in the game against Louisville (3/21) ... hit her second home run of the season, a grand slam, against Evansville (3/26) to give the Hoosiers a 7-4 win ... drilled her third home run of the year against Penn State (3/30), a solo shot that gave her 91 RBI in her career to move her into 7th place in the IU record books ... drove in five runs in the second game of a doubleheader at Kentucky (4/1) with her fourth home run of the season being the big blow ... the five RBI were just the 11th time in IU history a player has been responsible for that many runs driven in in a game ... drove in two runs against Indiana State (4/9) with her fourth double of the season ... drilled her fifth home run of the season, and 38th of her career, in the second inning against Ohio State, a solo shot to right field ... came up with a key two-run double in the seventh inning in game two at Michigan State (4/20) to give the Hoosiers a 9-7 win ... had two hits and scored two runs against Illinois (4/26) ... blasted the game-winning three-run home run in the fifth inning against Iowa (4/27) to break the career home run record.
JUNIOR YEAR (2007)
Played in 53 games, starting 52 ... was behind the plate for 35 of those starts, while 17 came at designated player ... hit .295 on the season, good for second on the team ... led the squad with 12 home runs and 32 RBIs, both career highs ... also ripped nine doubles, finishing the season with a slugging percentage of .597 to lead the team ... scored 17 runs and drew eight walks, two of which were intentional ... had a pair of sacrifice flies ... went 4-for-7 (.571) with the bases loaded ... was successful in her only stolen base attempt of the season ... was solid in the field, committing just two errors on the year in 162 chances, good for a .988 fielding percentage ... was also in on three double plays ... gunned down 10 would-be base stealers, including three against Purdue on May 6 ... had nine multi-hit games on the year and led the squad with 11 multi-RBI efforts ... hit two home runs on opening day, going yard against Centenary and Southern Illinois on Feb. 16 ... went 4-for-4 with two doubles and a run against Fordham on March 11 ... also had two doubles in a 2-for-3 day against Buffalo (3/16) ... was 3-for-4 against Boston University on March 17 ... had a three-run home run that proved the game-winner in a 4-0 win over Buffalo on March 24 ... hit a two-run home run to power IU to a 2-0 win over Evansville on April 18 ... had a two-run shot against Indiana State on April 10 ... was 1-for-2 with a walk and a sac fly against No. 19 Georgia Tech on March 8 ... went a combined 2-for-3 with a walk in a doubleheader against No. 9 Michigan ... knocked in a pair of runs in a 2-for-3 effort against eventual Big Ten champion Ohio State in the first game of a doubleheader on April 29 ... was 10-for-19 (.526) in a six-game hit streak from March 14-18 ... climbed up to No. 2 on Indiana's career home runs list, finishing the season with 33 to her credit ... her 12 home runs on the year tied her for third on IU's single-season list ... earned Academic All-Big Ten honors.
REDSHIRT JUNIOR YEAR (2006)
Redshirted due to illness.
SOPHOMORE YEAR (2005)
Earned All-Big Ten Second Team distinction ... a solid catcher for the Hoosiers, appearing in 52 games with as many starts ... led the team in batting average (.296), slugging percentage (.579), on-base percentage (.345), hits (45), RBIs (26), home runs (11) and total bases (88) ... second on the team in at bats (152), runs scored (21), putouts (283) and doubles (8) ... posted one of the Hoosiers' two triples on the season, tallying the feat against Michigan State on 4/2 ... posted a 1-for-3, two RBIs, one walk, six putouts and one assist outing in the losing effort against the Spartans ... finished tied for seventh in the Big Ten with her 11 dingers ... third on the team with a Big Ten batting average of .274 ... was a perfect 2-for-2 against Marshall on 2/6, tallying three putouts and two assists ... went 3-for-4 against Buffalo on 3/4, while registering a season-high 13 putouts in the 4-0 win ... against then-No.9 Oklahoma on 3/15, went 2-for-4 at the plate, while registering six putouts against the Sooners ... an Academic All-Big Ten performer in the classroom.
FRESHMAN YEAR (2004)
Led the Hoosiers in several offensive categories, including batting (.340), home runs (10), RBIs (22), hits (64), total bases (102), on-base percentage (.377) and slugging percentage (.543) ... her 10 dingers set a new IU freshman record ... also led the team in multi-hit games with 17 ... played in all 63 games with 61 starts ... was 2-for-3 with a home run, three RBI and a run scored against Northern Iowa on 3/5 ... posted a 2-for-3 performance with a home run, two RBI and three runs scored against St. Louis on 3/28 ... ended the year on a seven-game hitting streak, hitting .409 (9-or-22) with three home runs, three RBI, and four runs scored ... named Academic All-Big Ten.
REDSHIRT FRESHMAN YEAR (2003)
Redshirted due to injury.
Four-year letterwinner ... named the team's best defensive player as a senior ... first-team All-Mission League as a senior ... earned second-team All-Mission honors as a sophomore and junior ... named to the 16th-annual Daily News All-Star West team her senior season ... first-team Los Angeles Times Regional team.
Born Tory Jordan Emi Yamaguchi on Dec. 21, 1984 in Los Angeles, Calif. ... majoring in psychology ... parents are Dean and Susan Yamaguchi ... has one brother, D.J., and one sister, Eden.