Hoosiers Fall to Northern Illinois Despite Longball by Yamaguchi
March 9, 2007
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Redshirt junior Tory Yamaguchi hit her fourth home run of the season, but Indiana could not complete its rally against Northern Illinois, falling to the Huskies, 5-2, at the USF adidas Invitational on Friday, March 9.
With the Hoosiers (3-8) down 5-0 in the sixth inning, sophomore Emily Bergeson drew a one-out walk. Yamaguchi then stepped in and tomahawked a 1-1 pitch over the fence in left to draw IU within three runs.
Indiana brought the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the seventh, but came up empty. Senior Kim Richards led off the frame with a sharp single down the left field line, and one out later, sophomore Sarah Padove sent a shot off of diving NIU second baseman Bailey Ouellette for an unconventional double to put runners and second and third.
The Hoosiers couldn't push a run across, however, as Northern Illinois reliever Kate Greenough got a groundout and a strikeout to end the contest and earn the save.
The Huskies (6-7) took advantage of some shaky Hoosier defense in the first inning to plate four runs, two of which were unearned. Krista McPherson led off the contest with a single to left and moved to second on Randi Kreiter's infield single one out later. Ellen Stoddard then reached on an IU fielding error, allowing McPherson to score from second. Michelle Nendza followed with a single up the middle to score Kreiter, and Stoddard and Nendza scored on another fielding error to cap the scoring.
Indiana starter Monica Wright (2-5) and the Hoosier defense settled in after that, allowing just three base runners over the next three innings. NIU finally broke through for another run in the top of the fifth, however, as Ouellette singled up the middle to score pinch-runner Katie Colby.
The Hoosiers left the bases loaded in the bottom of the first inning on a Julie DiNallo single and walks by Jennilee Huddleston and Rachel Terry, but NIU starter Taryn Hagemann got out of the jam with a strikeout to end the inning.
Hagemann allowed two runs on three hits and four walks in 6 innings of work, while Greenough earned the save with an inning of scoreless relief.
Wright took the hard-luck loss, allowing five runs, three earned, on seven hits and two walks in 7 innings.
DiNallo, Yamaguchi, Richards, Padove and Anna Olson had hits for the Hoosiers, while Kreiter paced the Huskies with a 2-for-4 effort at the plate.
Indiana resumes play at the adidas Invitational against Tennessee Tech at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 10. Bracket play will start in the afternoon. Both of Indiana's games can be followed online via Gametracker at IUHOOSIERS.com.
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