Hoosier Offense Roars to Life in 11-3 Win Over Wagner
March 10, 2007
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Indiana pounded out 16 hits and had six players with multiple safeties as it routed Wagner on Saturday, March 10, 11-3 in five innings at the USF adidas Invitational.
Indiana got on the board first with three runs in the top of the second inning. Junior Janetta Deaven led off the frame with single up the middle, and senior Kim Richards followed with a bunt single to third. Sophomore Emily Bergeson stroked an RBI single to score Deaven, and Hohs reached on a bunt single to load the bases with no one out for the second time in as many innings. Julia Hamilton then stepped in and roped a single up the middle, scoring Richards and Deaven.
The Hoosiers added another run in the top of the third, as Richards reached on an infield single and came home on Hohs' single up the middle to make it 4-0 in Indiana's favor.
Wagner (2-4) picked up its first runs of the contest in the bottom of the third, when Katie Stevens reached on an infield single, went to third on a Victoria Batistelli base hit, and scored on a wild pitch. Batistelli then scored on an IU fielding error as the Seahawks pulled within two at 4-2.
IU bounced back with a pair of runs of its own in the top half of the fourth inning, as Terry sent a long drive over the fence in left to score Yamaguchi. Wagner would get a run back in the bottom half of the frame, as Kate Eshelman and Stevens earned back-to-back two-out walks, and after Monica Wright relieved Indiana starter Jennifer Moore, Batistelli smashed a ground-rule double to right center to score Eshelman.
Now leading 6-3, Indiana blew the game open in the top half of the fifth inning with five runs on six hits. After Richards drew a leadoff walk, Bergeson and Hohs reached on infield singles to load the bases with no one out. Hamilton then delivered a single through the left side to score Richards and reload the bases. After a fielder's choice erased Bergeson at home, Huddleston knocked in Hohs with yet another infield single. Yamaguchi then drilled a ball down the left field line for a ground-rule double that scored Sarah Padove and Hamilton, and Terry followed by dropping a single into shallow right to score Huddleston.
When the dust had settled, the Hoosiers had plated five runs to lead 11-3. Wright retired the side in order in the bottom half of the frame to put the mercy rule into effect and end the game early.
Indiana found offensive production from virtually every spot in the lineup, as all but one starter recorded at least one hit. Huddleston (3-for-4, run, RBI) and Hohs (3-for-3, run, RBI) paced the Hoosiers with a trio of hits each, while Hamilton (2-for-4, run, 3 RBI), Terry (2-for-4, run, 3 RBI), Richards (2-for-2, 3 runs) and Bergeson (2-for-3, run, RBI) also had productive games at the plate.
Batistelli's 2-for-3 effort led Wagner.
Moore improved to 2-3 on the season, as she allowed three runs, two earned, on five hits and four walks in 3 2/3 innings of work. Wright turned in 1 1/3 innings of solid relief, allowing just one hit.
Morgan Miller (1-1) took the loss for the Seahawks, as she surrendered seven earned runs on 10 hits and a walk in 4 innings in the circle.
Indiana advanced in the Bronze Bracket, and will face Michigan State at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 10.
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