Padove, Wright Lead IU Past George Mason at USF Spring Break Tournament
March 13, 2007
TAMPA, Fla. - Sophomore Monica Wright pitched her first complete game shutout of the season and classmate Sarah Padove celebrated her 20th birthday with an RBI single in the sixth inning to lead Indiana to a 1-0 win over George Mason on Tuesday, March 13, in the first game of the University of South Florida Spring Break Tournament.
Sophomore Emily Bergeson got things going with a leadoff double in the sixth, and after an out and a wild pitch that moved Bergeson to third, Padove roped a single to right to knock in the game's lone run.
Wright (5-6) had perhaps her best outing in a Hoosier uniform, as the transfer from Northern Iowa allowed just four hits and two walks in 7 brilliant innings. The Morrison, Ill., native faced just six batters over the minimum and allowed more than one baserunner in an inning just once. She had a pair of 1-2-3 innings to her credit and retired nine of the Patriots' final 10 batters to end the game.
The Hoosiers (7-9) threatened to score all day, but struggled to push a run across, stranding 11 runners. IU rapped out 11 hits, with junior Jennilee Huddleston going 3-for-4 and reaching base safely in all four plate appearances. Indiana had at least one baserunner reach third in all but the second inning.
IU had a chance to take an early lead in the contest, as Huddleston reached on a two-base error with two outs in the top of the first. Junior Tory Yamaguchi followed with an infield single to put runners on the corners, but George Mason pitcher Becky Anderson got a groundout to end the inning and escape the jam.
George Mason (7-7) dodged another bullet in the top of the third. Freshman Jennifer Glueckert dropped a single in behind third with one out, then went to second when Huddleston singled through left side. Glueckert was erased on a fielder's choice, but a GMU fielding error allowed Huddleston to advance to third. Anderson again wriggled off the hook, inducing a groundout to end the inning.
Glueckert and Huddleston combined to put Indiana in business again in the fifth inning, with Glueckert singling up the middle with one out and Huddleston following with a double to the corner in right. The Patriots got a big defensive stop on the next play, however, nailing Glueckert at the plate on a bunt attempt and getting a grounder to short for the third out.
The Patriots advanced runners to third in both the fourth and fifth innings, but couldn't get on the scoreboard. Anderson led off the fourth inning with a double to the gap in right center, and went to third on a sacrifice bunt. Wright recovered to get a pair of groundouts to end the threat.
The fifth inning told a similar story for George Mason, as Paige Miller earned a leadoff walk, then went to second on a sac bunt. A grounder to second moved Miller to third, but Wright induced another grounder to second for out number three.
Wright allowed just a harmless single the rest of the way, and struck out three of the final four batters of the contest.
Anderson's record fell to 3-3, as she allowed one run on 11 hits in 7 innings of work.
In addition to Huddleston's trio of hits, Glueckert (2-for-4) and Bergeson (2-for-4, run) both collected a pair.
The win was Indiana's fourth in a row after a five-game losing streak to open play in Florida.
Indiana continues play at the USF Spring Tournament against Quinnipiac on March 13 at 1:30 p.m.
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