Hoosiers Fall to No. 19/20 Georgia Tech, 16-8, to Open adidas Invitational
March 8, 2007
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Julia Hamilton and Sarah Padove each notched a pair of hits and Emily Bergeson hit her first home run of the season, but Indiana fell to No. 19/20 Georgia Tech 16-8 in six innings on Thursday, March 8, in the opening round of the USF adidas Invitational.
Indiana (3-5) picked up its eight runs in just two innings, scoring four each in the second and fourth.
The Yellow Jackets (21-3) came charging out of the gates, banging out three hits to score three runs in the top of the first inning. Brittany Barnes had the big blow, as she roped a two-run double to right center to score Caitlyn Lever and Whitney Haller.
IU was unable to counter in the bottom half of the inning, but came close to getting on the board when Padove was robbed of a home run at the wall in left.
Georgia Tech added four more runs in the top of the second, rapping out another three hits. Lever came up with the big hit this time, singling off Padove's glove to score a pair. Savannah Brown added an RBI single and Kristina Hull drew a bases-loaded walk to cap the scoring.
The Hoosiers countered with a four-spot of their own in the bottom half of the frame. Tory Yamaguchi got things going with a leadoff double down the line in left, and Rachel Terry followed with a single to left center. After Stephanie Turner walked to load the bases, Kim Richards singled through the left side to score Yamaguchi with the Hoosiers' first run. Terry then came home on a fielder's choice, and Turner scored on a Georgia Tech error that allowed Bergeson to move to second. Hamilton would then deliver a single to left center to score Bergeson and match the Yellow Jackets' second-inning production.
Now leading 7-4, Georgia took advantage of three walks, two hit batters and just one hit to plate five runs in the top of the third inning. Barnes knocked in two more with a single in the fourth, pushing the Yellow Jackets' advantage to 14-4.
Not content to be mercy-ruled, Indiana again battled back. Bergeson led off the bottom of the fourth with her first round-tripper of the season, a long shot that the cleared the fence in left. The Hoosiers would then load the bases with no one out for the second time on the day, as Heather Hohs, Hamilton and Padove strung together consecutive singles to knock Georgia Tech starter Whitney Humphreys from the game.
Hohs scored on Jennilee Huddleston's fielder's choice, and Yellow Jacket shortstop Aileen Morales went to third to try to force Hamilton. Morales' throw was off the mark, however, leaving the bases loaded with no one out. Yamaguchi stepped in and lifted a sacrifice fly to right to score Hamilton, and one out later, Padove came home on a wild pitch to make the score 14-8 in the Jackets' favor.
Both sides went down in order in the fifth, but Georgia Tech plated another pair of runs in the sixth on Brown's two-run single up the middle. IU was unable to answer in the bottom half, putting the run rule into effect.
Eight different players notched hits for the Hoosiers, with Hamilton and Padove both going 2-for-4.
Lever paced Georgia Tech at the plate, going 3-for-3 with three RBIs and four runs.
Tiffany Johnson (7-2) picked up the win in the circle, allowing just two hits in 3 innings of relief. Indiana starter Jennifer Moore (1-2) absorbed the loss, allowing nine runs on six hits and six walks in 2 2/3.
The Hoosiers return to action on March 4 at 4 p.m., when they will face Massachusetts.
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