Wright Tosses Second Straight Shutout to Lead Hoosiers to USF Tournament Title
March 14, 2007
TAMPA, Fla. - Sophomore Monica Wright twirled her second complete game shutout in as many starts and junior Jennilee Huddleston gave her all the offense she would need with an RBI double as Indiana topped South Florida 1-0 at the USF Spring Break Tournament on Wednesday, March 14, to claim the tournament title.
The Hoosiers (10-9) went 4-0 at the tournament, topping George Mason, Quinnipiac, Long Island and the host Bulls, who were ranked in the top 25 for two weeks earlier in the season. The win was Indiana's seventh in a row, good for IU's longest streak since the 1997 season.
Wright allowed just seven hits and two walks in the contest for her second straight 1-0 win in a game in which she starts. She also earned a win in relief against Long Island earlier Wednesday and picked up a save on Tuesday, making her 3-0 with a save and a 0.00 ERA in four appearances at the USF Tournament.
With no score heading into the bottom of the third inning against USF (20-13), junior Julia Hamilton led off with a single to left. One out later, Huddleston smoked a double to left that one-hopped the wall, allowing Hamilton to score with the game's only run.
Wright was masterful on the day, but had to work out of a couple of jams. The Morrison, Ill., native forced USF to leave the bases loaded in the top of the first inning, getting a lineout to third to end the inning after allowing a walk and a pair of hits.
The Bulls stranded a pair in both the fifth and seventh innings. In the fifth, Britta Giddens earned a one-out walk and Tara Toscano followed with a single to put runners on first and second. After a groundout advanced both runners, Wright got JoJo Medina to ground out to second to end the inning.
USF threatened again in the seventh, with Giddens and Toscano stringing together consecutive two-out hits to make things interesting. Wright was again up to the task, however, retiring Kit Dunbar on a grounder to first to end the contest.
Indiana's only other significant scoring chance came in the second inning, when sophomore Emily Bergeson singled down the left field line with just one out. Junior Janetta Deaven followed with a single up the middle to put runners at first and second, but USF starter Cristi Ecks got a foulout and a popup to end the inning.
Ecks (6-4) took the loss, allowing one run on five hits and a walk in 6 innings pitched.
Five different Hoosiers accounted for Indiana's five hits, while Giddens, Toscano and Dunbar had two hits each to pace the Bulls's seven-hit attack.
Indiana moved over .500 on the season for the first time, and is 7-5 on its Spring Break trip after starting 0-5. The Hoosiers return to action at USF's Speedline Invitational on March 16-18. IU faces Buffalo and Princeton on Friday, March 16, at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., respectively.
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