Indiana Tops Missouri State 6-0 in Final Game at Crowne Plaza Classic
Feb. 18, 2007
HOUSTON, Texas - Monica Wright and Jennifer Moore combined on a one-hitter and Emily Bergeson delivered a bases-clearing double in the first inning to lead Indiana to a 6-0 win over Missouri State on Sunday, Feb. 18, the final day of the Crowne Plaza Classic on the campus of the University of Houston.
The Hoosiers (2-3) batted around in the bottom of the first inning, pounding out three hits and taking advantage of a Missouri State error to plate five runs. Julia Hamilton got things going with a bunt single and one out later, advanced to second when Jennilee Huddleston walked. A Tory Yamaguchi walk loaded the bases, and senior Rachel Terry singled through the left side to plate Hamilton with the Hoosiers' first run.
Huddleston scored when MSU's catcher dropped the throw home on a fielder's choice, leaving the bases loaded. Bergeson then stepped in and drilled an 0-2 pitch to the gap in left center, scoring Yamaguchi, Terry and Kim Richards. Missouri State starter Lauren McGinley then got a strikeout and a groundout as the Bears (5-3) avoided further damage.
Indiana added another run in the bottom of the second, with Hamilton again getting things started. The Lincolnshire, Ill., junior singled to center to lead off the frame, prompting a pitching change. Melissa Porche's wild pitch moved Hamilton to second, and one out later, Huddleston singled to left center to drive Hamilton in.
Wright (1-2), meanwhile, was cruising, allowing just a hit and three walks in six innings of work, striking out six. The sophomore from Morrison, Ill., carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning before McGinley's dribbler down the third base line refused to roll foul for the Bears' lone safety.
Moore worked a perfect seventh inning to cap the win.
Hamilton finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored, while Bergeson was 1-for-3 with three RBI. Huddleston (1-for-2, walk, run, RBI) and Terry (1-for-3, run, RBI) also had hits for the Hoosiers.
McGinley (0-1) absorbed the loss, allowing six runs (five earned) on four hits and two walks in 1 inning of work. Porche provided 4 innings of solid relief, allowing just a single hit and striking out seven, while Megan Ramsey pitched a perfect sixth for the Bears.
Indiana's defense came up with a pair of stellar plays to keep Missouri State at bay. In the top of the sixth inning, the Bears' Jessie Smith sent a long drive to center, but Richards tracked it all the way and reached up over the fence to rob Smith of a home run. Hamilton also came up with a fine defensive play in left, snagging a long fly off the bat of Lacie Ballard in the top of the seventh.
"We came out that game the way we want to come out every game," Indiana head coach Stacey Phillips said. "We were really aggressive after strikes and reacting on the pitches that are thrown and hitting them where they were pitched, as well. Monica had a great game pitching, and our defense played very, very well. Our outfield played better this game than I've seen them play so far, so it was big to have them play behind the pitcher a bit more. For a good amount of that game, we put together all three aspects of the game and we saw what happened. The key now is to continue to do that throughout the entire contest and remain consistent with it."
Indiana returns to action on March 3 at the Kay Brechtelsbauer Southern Classic in Carbondale, Ill. The Hoosiers will face Western Illinois and Ohio University on March 3, then Ball State and tournament host Southern Illinois on March 4.
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