Utah State Rallies Late To Down Indiana, 6-5
Feb. 16, 2008
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Indiana offense finally broke through in its second game of the day on Saturday at the Campbell-Cartier Tournament on the campus of San Diego State University, but the Utah State Aggies rallied over the final three innings to pick up the 6-5 win.
Indiana (0-4) went down in order in the first two innings, but freshman outfielder Brittany Devitt finally got IU on the board for the first time this season with a deep drive well over the left field fence for her first collegiate home run to match Utah State's run from the first inning.
Later in the inning, things finally started to look like they may be turning in Indiana's favor. Senior third baseman Jennilee Huddleston dropped in a hit down the left field line that spun away from the right fielder into foul territory. The Aggie second baseman was forced to track it down, but by the time she did, Huddleston was already at second base and headed for third. The throw came into the shortstop, but was a little wild, allowing Huddleston to easily make it to third and then advance home to give IU its first lead at 2-1.
The Hoosiers extended their lead in the fifth, with a little help from the Utah State defense. Devitt started the inning with a walk and Emily Crohn was safe at first on a fielding error by the Utah State first baseman. A sacrifice by Jennifer Glueckert moved the runners to second an third for Huddleston, who came through with a sharp single to left to score one run.
Julia Hamilton advanced Huddleston to second and Sarah Padove walked to load the bases for senior Tory Yamaguchi. Yamaguchi had been struggling at the plate so far this year, but laced a two-run single to left and IU led 5-1 through four and half innings.
While all of this was going on, Jen Moore was keeping the Aggie bats at bay, allowing just one run on two hits through the first 4.1 innings.
Utah State (2-6) struck in the bottom half of the fifth on a two-run homer and an unearned run to knot the score at 5-5 with two innings remaining. Alyssa Maiese came on in relief for Indiana and kept USU off the scoreboard in the sixth, but ran into some trouble in the seventh.
After IU went down quietly in the top of the seventh, Utah State put the first two runners on, which prompted Indiana head coach Stacey Phillips to bring Moore back in. And Indiana error loaded the bases with no outs, but Utah State got a walk-off single to left to come away with the 6-5 win.
Maiese (0-3) took the loss in relief for Indiana, surrendering two runs on two hits but issuing five walks. Moore did not figure in the decision after allowing four runs on four hits to go along with five strikeouts and four walks.
Lindsey Benson (2-5)) got the win for Utah State, giving up five runs, but only one was earned, as Utah State committed five errors in the game.
Huddleston finished the game with two hits and two runs scored in her first game of the season as the leadoff hitter.
Indiana play its final game at the Campbell-Cartier Tournament on Sunday when they take on the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at 9 a.m. Pacific Time.
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