Hoosiers fall to Southern Illinois, 6-2
Feb. 16, 2007
HOUSTON - Junior Tory Yamaguchi blasted her second home run in as many games, but Indiana fell to Southern Illinois, 6-2, in its second game at the Crowne Plaza Classic on the campus of the University of Houston on Friday, Feb. 16th.
With the Hoosiers (1-1) down 4-0 entering the fourth inning, junior Jennilee Huddleston singled to right for Indiana's first hit of the contest. Yamaguchi followed with a monster home run, depositing Cassidy Scoggins' 1-1 offering over the wall in center to put IU on the board. Senior Rachel Terry then laced a double to center, but Scoggins recovered to get a groundout to escape a big inning.
The Salukis (5-1) did most of their damage in the second inning, rapping out four hits to score four runs. Designated player Allie Hanson led off the inning with a sharp single through the right side, then pinch runner Katie Schmidt stole second. One out later, Krystal Stein was hit by a pitch, putting runners on first and second with one out. Tiffanie Dismore doubled to center to score Schmidt, and Alicia Garza followed with a single of her own to score Stein and Dismore. Lauren Haas followed with a single up the middle, and one out later, Katie Wilson earned walk to load the bases. Becky Wegman then drew a bases-loaded walk to plate Southern Illinois' fourth run of the day before IU starter Monica Wright (0-1) struck out Hanson to end the inning.
Southern Illinois tacked on single runs in the fifth and sixth innings to round out the scoring.
Indiana's best chance to cut the deficit came in the sixth inning when Huddleston and Yamaguchi pounded out back-to-back, two-out hits, but Scoggins (2-1) got a groundout to end the frame with no harm done.
Huddleston and Yamaguchi carried the offensive load for the Hoosiers, both going 2-for-3 with a run scored. Yamaguchi also had two RBI. Terry (1-for-3) accounted for Indiana's only other hit on the afternoon.
Garza (3-for-3, 3 RBI, 2 R) and Haas (2-for-4) combined for five of SIU's nine hits.
Wright, a sophomore transfer from Northern Iowa, took the loss in her first start for the Hoosiers, surrendering six earned runs on nine hits and six walks in 6 innings, while also striking out six. Scoggins picked up her second win of the season by allowing just two earned on five hits in 7 innings.
"We played really good defense," Indiana head coach Stacey Phillips said. "We tended to play a little bit of safe defense. We didn't go a little bit above and beyond to go and get some outs when we really needed them. Southern Illinois is a very, very good team, and they've been NCAA Regional qualifiers for a number of years. They're coached very well. I expected that game to be a tough one, but there's still a lot things that we could have done to put ourselves in position to win. With the pitching, I think that we got a little bit of those first-day jitters out. We can only go up from where we are. Despite the walks, I thought they pitched pretty well, and they'll hit their spots again."
Indiana will return to the field for a pair of games on Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Crowne Plaza Classic, where it will face No. 5 LSU and host Houston at 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Central, respectively.
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