Hoosiers Fall to Western Illinois 6-2 at Kay Brechtelsbauer Southern Classic
March 3, 2007
CARBONDALE, Ill. - Indiana allowed four unearned runs in the top of the seventh inning, falling to Western Illinois 6-2 on Saturday, March 3, at the Kay Brechtelsbauer Southern Classic on the campus of Southern Illinois University.
With the scored tied at 2 entering the top of the seventh, Western Illinois (3-2) used three hits and an IU error to break the game open. After allowing a pair of singles and a walk to load the bases, Indiana starter Monica Wright (1-3) got a grounder to short, but catcher Tory Yamaguchi couldn't hold on to Emily Bergeson's throw home, allowing Amy Douglas and Jennifer Garcia to score. One out later, Julie Depolo singled up the middle to score Nicole Green and Erin Schlotfeldt to put WIU up by four.
The Hoosiers (2-4) got their first two runners on in the bottom half of the frame, as Kim Richards reached on an error and Bergeson walked. After WIU starter Kamren Ferguson (2-1) got a strikeout for the first out, the Westerwinds were just able to nip Richards at third on a Heather Hohs bunt. Julia Hamilton then stepped in and sent a ball up the middle, but Douglas was able to knock it down and flip it over to Lauren Furgala for the final out of the contest.
Indiana got on the board first, when Julia Hamilton scored on a Westerwind fielding error in the bottom of the first. Hamilton earned a four-pitch walk to lead off the game, and moved around to third on a pair of groundouts. With two outs, Yamaguchi hit a grounder to the left side that Western Illinois third baseman Depolo bobbled, allowing Hamilton to score.
With the bases loaded and just one out in the top of the first, Hamliton made an outstanding play to keep the Westerwinds from drawing first blood, making a shoestring catch on Schlotfeldt's short fly to left. After Hamilton made the grab, she came up firing to third to double off Douglas, who failed to tag up on the play, to end the inning.
Western Illinois went on top with a two-run fourth inning. Depolo and Britt Mason hit consecutive two-out doubles to get WIU on the board, and Mason came in on Furgala's infield single to second.
Indiana would tie the game in the bottom of the fifth without the benefit of a hit. After Bergeson earned a one-out walk, she stole second and scored when Douglas misplayed Heather Hohs' grounder. Hamilton followed with a hit off of Ferguson's glove, breaking up her no-hitter.
Wright had a four-pitch inning to her credit in the contest, retiring Douglas and Garcia on the first pitches they saw in the top of the third before Green popped out on an 0-1 pitch.
Wright absorbed the loss after allowing six runs - two earned - on eight hits and seven walks, while Ferguson picked up the win by allowing two unearned runs on just one hit and three walks.
Hamilton (1-for-3, run) had Indiana's only hit on the day. Depolo (2-for-4, run, 2 RBIs) and Mason (2-for-2, run, RBI) paced the Westerwinds at the plate.
Indiana returns to action on Sunday, March 4, when it will face Ball State at 2 p.m. Central time and tournament host Southern Illinois at 4.
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