Hoosiers Pound Out 12 Hits to Rally Past Long Island, 6-1
March 14, 2007
TAMPA, Fla. - Senior Kim Richards and junior Tory Yamaguchi both hit home runs and Indiana scored six unanswered runs to rally past Long Island 6-1 on Wednesday, March 14, at the University of South Florida Spring Break Tournament.
After falling behind 1-0 in the third inning, Indiana (9-9) scored single runs in the third and fourth and broke the game open with four in the bottom of the fifth.
Long Island (7-13) struck first in the contest, with Randi Gillespie and Vanessa Mejia rapping out back-to-back one-out doubles in the top of the third to give the Blackbirds the early lead. Sophomore Monica Wright then came on for the Hoosiers, and induced a groundout and a popup as Indiana avoided further damage.
The Hoosiers quickly knotted things at one, countering with a run in their half of the third. After sophomore Sarah Padove singled up the middle to lead things off, pinch-runner Kelli Ritchison advanced to second on a passed ball. After Richards laid down a bunt to sacrifice her over, LIU second baseman Brynn Lewis couldn't hold onto the throw to first, allowing Ritchison to score.
Indiana took the lead in the bottom half of the next inning, as Yamaguchi went deep on an opposite-field blast to right. The home run was her fifth of the season, and moved her into a tie for third all-time in IU history with Meg Montgomery, who hit 26 home runs from 1994-97.
With its offense finally firing on all cylinders, Indiana would bat around in the bottom of the fifth to put the game out of reach. Richards led off with her second home run the season to make it 3-0, and junior Julia Hamilton and senior Heather Hohs notched back-to-back singles to put runners at the corners with no one out. The Blackbirds then went to the pen, bringing in Jenny Giles, but junior Jennilee Huddleston reached on an error to load the bases and Yamaguchi singled sharply to left to bring in Hamilton. After a popup and a strikeout threatened to end the rally, sophomore Emily Bergeson doubled down the right field line to score Hohs and Huddleston. Giles then got a grounder to bring the inning to a close.
LIU picked up a couple of hits in the top of the seventh, but could not dent the scoreboard. Raylene Asman got things started with a one-out infield single, then after a foulout, pinch-hitter Holly Erwin laid down a perfectly placed bunt single and Asman advanced to third on an IU error to make things interesting. Wright quickly quelled any thought of a Blackbird comeback, getting Gillespie to ground out to second to end the game.
Wright (6-6) picked up the win with 4 2/3 innings of scoreless relief, as she allowed just three hits. IU starter Jennifer Moore allowed one run on four hits and a walk in 2 1/3 innings.
Blaire Porter (3-8) took the loss for Long Island, allowing five runs, three earned, on eight hits and a walk in 4 innings pitched.
Hamilton (2-for-4, run, 2 SB), Yamaguchi (2-for-3, run, 2 RBIs), Bergeson (2-for-3, 2B, 2 RBIs), Richards (2-for-2, 2B, HR, run, RBI) and Rachel Terry (2-for-3) each had multiple hits to pace the Hoosier offense.
Gillespie (2-for-3, run) and Asman (2-for-3) led LIU.
Indiana returns to action against tournament host USF at 4 p.m. in what is essentially the tournament's championship game. While the Bulls have a 6 p.m. contest slated against George Mason, Indiana and USF both enter their contest undefeated in the tournament thus far, assuring the winner of the contest the tournament title.
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