UMass Rallies in Seventh to Take 8-5 Win Over Hoosiers
March 8, 2007
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Massachusetts scored five runs in the top of the seventh inning, four of which came on a grand slam, as the Minutewomen rallied to top Indiana 8-5 at the USF adidas Invitational on Thursday, March 8.
Trailing 5-3 entering the seventh, UMass (5-5-1) scored five runs in the frame before even recording an out. With the bases loaded, Lauren Proctor drew a walk to score Candice Molinari. Stacy Cullington then stepped in and drilled a 2-2 pitch over the fence in center to complete the rally.
Indiana (3-6) put forth a valiant effort in the bottom half of the frame, loading the bases with two outs, but couldn't push a run across. Down to their last out, the Hoosiers got the rally going when senior Rachel Terry reached on a single. The game should have ended on the next play, but a UMass error allowed senior Kim Richards to reach, putting runners at first and second. Sophomore Emily Bergeson drew a walk to load the bases, bringing up classmate Stephanie Pellerito, who hit a game-winning grand slam in Indiana's 6-2 win over Ball State on March 4. Pellerito was unable to duplicate her feat, however, grounding into a fielder's choice to end the game.
With the score tied at 3 entering the bottom of the fifth inning, the Hoosiers plated a pair of runs to pull ahead. Freshman Jennifer Glueckert started the inning off with a sharp single to left center, then stole second. After a UMass error allowed Glueckert to advance and junior Tory Yamaguchi to reach, senior Heather Hohs came on to pinch run for Yamaguchi and stole second. Terry then singled to the pitcher to score Glueckert, moving Hohs to third and going to second on the play. Bergeson followed with a first-pitch single to left to score Hohs.
Pellerito got the scoring started for Indiana in the bottom of the third inning, fouling off several Bailey Sanders offerings before sending a solo shot over the fence in left center. The home run was Pellerito's second in as many at bats, dating back to March 4.
The Hoosiers weren't done, adding two more runs in the frame. Junior Janetta Deaven kept things going with a walk, then moved to second on classmate Julia Hamilton's sacrifice bunt. Glueckert followed with an infield single to move Deaven to third, then stole second. Junior Jennilee Huddleston then worked the count full before roping a single to right to score Deaven and Glueckert.
UMass was no time responding, putting up three runs of its own in the top of the fourth. Samantha Salato singled to lead off the inning, then Michae Holness came on to pinch run. Proctor's ground-rule double kept Holness at third, but Cullington singled on the next pitch to score the Minutewomen's first run. Proctor then scored on an Amanda Acampora sac fly, and Cullington scored on Carly Normandin's groundout to first to tie the score.
Glueckert finished the contest 3-fior-4 with two runs scored, while Terry was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Cullington was 3-for-3 with two runs and five RBIs to lead the Minutewomen.
Reliever Brandice Balschmiter (3-3) picked up the win, allowing just one hit and one walk in 2 1/3 innings of work. Monica Wright (2-4) absorbed the loss for the Hoosiers, allowing eight runs on 11 hits and five walks in 7 innings.
Indiana resumes play at the adidas Invitational on Friday, March 9, when it will take on Illinois-Chicago at 11 a.m. and Northern Illinois at 4 p.m.
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