Hoosiers Fall to Houston at Crowne Plaza Classic
Feb. 17, 2007
HOUSTON - Indiana loaded the bases with no one out in the seventh inning, but could come up with just one run to fall to Houston 5-3 on Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Cougars' Crowne Plaza Classic. Freshman Jennifer Glueckert went 2-for-4 with a run scored in the losing effort.
Down 5-2 entering the top of the seventh inning, the Hoosiers (1-3) got a rally going. Sophomore Emily Bergeson got things started with an infield single to short, and junior Janetta Deaven followed with a walk. Junior Kari Bettenbrock then came on to pinch hit, and sent the second pitch she saw to left center to load the bases with no one out.
Faced with a potential big inning, Houston reliever Carla Kennimer (1-0) then coaxed a pair of fielder's choices to erase two Hoosier runners at the plate. Down to its final out, Indiana refused to go quietly, as junior Jennilee Huddleston earned a full-count walk to force in Heather Hohs, who re-entered the game for Bettenbrock. With IU still needing a pair of runs to send the game to the bottom of the seventh, Tory Yamaguchi came up just short in her bid to leg out an infield single, ending the game.
The Hoosiers held an early lead in the contest, scoring a pair of two-out runs in the top of the third inning. After Cougar starter Candi Kloecker struck out the first two batters of the frame, she hit Indiana leadoff hitter Julia Hamilton. Glueckert followed with a single to left, and Huddleston rapped a double to left center to score Hamilton and knock Kloecker from the game. Yamaguchi greeted Kennimer rudely, sending the first pitch she saw back up the middle to score Glueckert. Kennimer got a strike out to end the frame without further damage.
Indiana starter Jennifer Moore (1-1) gave up two walks and a single in the first, but recovered to get a strikeout and a lineout as Houston (5-3) left the bases loaded. The Cougars would threaten again in the bottom of the second with a pair of hits, but Moore again worked out of the jam, striking out Katie Bush to end the threat.
Houston finally broke through in the fourth inning, taking advantage of three hits and a Hoosier error to plate four runs. Laura Durham doubled to lead off the frame and scored on Lara Lang's foulout to right. Jessica Valis followed with a single up the middle to score Amanda Grote before the Cougars added a pair of unearned runs on an Indiana throwing error.
Houston tacked on an insurance run in the fifth, when Grote roped an RBI double to center to score Christa Raley.
In addition to Glueckert's pair of hits, Huddleston, Yamaguchi, Bergeson, Bettenbrock, Deaven and Sarah Padove each had single hits for the Hoosiers. Valis, Bush and Durham had two hits each for the Cougars.
Moore took the loss, yielding four runs (two earned) on six hits and four walks in 3 1/3 innings of work. Kennimer earned the win for Houston by allowing just one earned run on five hits and two walks in 4 1/3 innings of relief.
"We came in real hungry," Indiana head coach Stacey Phillips said. "That was our game. On top of making those same mental mistakes that we've made the first few games, we made physical errors, as well, which was new to us this game. We just have to bounce back. We need to find the sense of urgency of making plays. Softball is a pressure game, and if you can't handle it, then you're in trouble. We weren't able to handle it in that game. Once our team figures out how to handle that pressure, we're going to win those games, hands down."
Indiana closes its stay at the Crowne Plaza Classic on Sunday, Feb. 18, when it will face Missouri State at 9 a.m. Central time.
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