Hoosiers Explode for Five Runs in Sixth to Win Bronze Bracket
March 11, 2007
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Junior Tory Yamaguchi went 4-for-4 and Indiana erupted for five runs with two out in the sixth inning to top Fordham 7-2 on Sunday, March 11, to win the championship game of the Bronze Bracket at the USF adidas Invitational.
Indiana (6-9) took advantage of an odd series of events to plate the go-ahead runs in the top half of the sixth inning. With Yamaguchi on second via a ground-rule double, sophomore Emily Bergeson grounded out to short on a 3-1 pitch to apparently end the inning. But Fordham reliever Rachael Wiggins was called for an illegal pitch on the play, turning the groundout into a walk and sending Yamaguchi to third to prolong the inning. The Hoosiers quickly capitalized, as junior Janetta Deaven smashed the first pitch she saw to the gap in right center for a two-run double. Sophomore Julie DiNallo then reached on Wiggins' fielding error, giving IU new life once again, and Deaven then scored on a wild pitch. Senior Kim Richards kept the improbable rally going, smacking a two-run home run over the fence in left center to knock Wiggins from the game.
Starter Sara Kinney returned to the circle for the Rams (9-9) and promptly surrendered a triple to center off the bat of junior Julia Hamilton, but Kinney recovered to get a flyout to center to end the inning.
The Hoosiers drew first blood in the contest, striking for a pair of runs in the top of the fourth. Yamaguchi was again the catalyst, as she stroked a one-out double to left center to get things going. After freshman Kristin King came on to pinch-run for Yamaguchi, senior Rachel Terry singled to center to put runners at the corners with just one out. Bergeson then laid down an excellent sacrifice bunt, and the Rams were unable to get King at the plate.
After a Kinney wild pitch advanced Terry and Bergeson, IU would add another run on Deaven's sacrifice fly to center, making the score 2-0 in favor of the Hoosiers.
Fordham got on the board in the bottom of the fifth, finally getting to Indiana starter Jennifer Moore, who had cruised to that point. Melissa Andrews got the Rams' offense on track with a one-out single to center, and Krystle Henry followed with a double off the glove of Indiana third baseman Jennilee Huddleston to put runners and second and third with no one out. Moore was called for a balk to score Andrews, and one out later, Allison Twarowski doubled to score Henry with the tying run.
The Hoosiers then went to the bull pen, bringing in their ace, sophomore Monica Wright. Wright needed just two pitches to stop the bleeding, inducing a groundout to second to end the inning.
Fresh off surrendering the lead, Indiana responded with its big sixth inning, getting five runs on four hits and an error to put the game out of reach. Wright shut the door on the Rams in the sixth, retiring the side in order, before surviving a pair of seventh-inning walks to nail down the win.
Wright improved to 4-6 on the season with 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief in which she surrendered just two walks and no hits. Moore did not figure into the decision, as she gave up two runs on six hits and a walk in 4 2/3 innings pitched.
Wiggins fell to 0-1 on the season after allowing five runs, two earned, on three hits and a walk in just 2/3 of an inning pitched. Kinney earned a no-decision, allowing two runs on seven hits and a walk in 6 1/3 innings pitched.
Richards finished 2-for-3 with a run and two RBIs, while Deaven was 1-for-3 with a run and three RBIs for the Hoosiers. Twarowski finished 3-for-4 with an RBI to pace the Rams' offense.
With the win, Indiana overcame an 0-5 record in Pool D play to post a 3-0 record in bracket play and win the Bronze Bracket. IU pounded out 16 hits in an 11-3 win over Wagner in five innings on Saturday before topping Big Ten rival Michigan State 5-4 in eight innings on Sunday morning.
The Hoosiers remain in the Tampa area for the University of South Florida Tournament on March 13-14. Indiana will take on George Mason and Quinnipiac at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., respectively, on Tuesday, March 13.
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