Hoosiers Beat Centenary 3-0 for first win of 2007
Feb. 16, 2007
HOUSTON - Juniors Jennilee Huddleston and Tory Yamaguchi led off the fourth inning with back-to-back home runs and Jennifer Moore took a no-hitter into the sixth inning in her Hoosier debut as Indiana (1-0) opened its season with a 3-0 win over Centenary (0-6) at the Crowne Plaza Classic on the campus of the University of Houston on Friday, Feb. 16th.
Huddleston and Yamaguchi both sent rockets over the left field fence to break open a scoreless game, staking Moore to all the offense she would need. The junior from Jackson, Tenn., did not allow a Centenary hit until the Ladies' Allison Shepherd stroked a single up the middle past a diving Sarah Padove to lead off the sixth inning.
Moore (1-0), a transfer from Volunteer State Community College, retired the next two batters before allowing a walk to finish her day. She allowed just one hit and struck out four in the contest, but walked seven in 5 2/3 innings of work.
Monica Wright, a sophomore transfer from Northern Iowa, closed out the sixth and worked the seventh for her first save of the season, allowing just one hit in 1 1/3 innings pitched.
Junior Julia Hamilton started the season off the right way for the Hoosiers, singling to left to lead off the first inning. Although Hamilton would end up stealing second, Indiana would be unable to bring her home.
The Ladies threatened in the bottom half of the first, as Emerald Doria, Allison Shepperd and Jennifer Mango all coaxed walks to load the bases. Moore would escape the jam, however, striking out Lauren Flowers to end the threat.
Moore would settle in after that, allowing just a lone walk in the next three innings, but ran into trouble again in the fifth. Another pair of walks put runners on first and second with just one out, but Moore again came up with a big play when she needed it, getting Haley Bassett to ground into a double play to third to end the inning with no damage done.
Indiana answered by putting another run on the board in the top of the fifth to add some insurance. Huddleston led off the inning with a walk off loser Ryan Thatcher (0-3), then moved to second on new pitcher Kelsey Greeson's balk. Yamaguchi then sacrificed Huddleston to third, and senior Rachel Terry singled off Doria's glove at short to drive in the run.
"I think the players came out and were really pretty relaxed," head coach Stacey Phillips said. "They were a lot more relaxed than I thought they'd be, with it being the first game of the season and first time on dirt in a long time. I thought they controlled themselves very well and controlled the game pretty well. We walked too many batters, but overall I was very pleased with the way the whole team played. For the pitchers, with the walks, we'll be able to sharpen that up. They were really moving the ball well and they'll hit their spots better as time goes on. We don't want them pitching their best in the first game, we want them pitching their best in the last game."
Terry finished the game 2-for-3 with an RBI, while senior Kim Richards was 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles. Huddleston was 1-for-2 with an RBI and a pair of runs scored, while Yamaguchi finished 1-for-2 with a run and an RBI. Hamilton (1-for-3) and sophomore Emily Bergeson (1-for-2) also had hits in the contest.
Shepperd (1-for-1, 2 BB) and Lindsey Virdell (1-for-3) had Centenary's only hits.
Indiana will have just a few moments to rest, as it returns to action when it will face Southern Illinois for a contest slated to begin at 11 a.m. Central time.
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