Turner Hits First Career Home Run, Deaven Also Goes Deep as IU Tops Buffalo, 10-1
March 16, 2007
TAMPA, Fla. - Freshman Stephanie Turner hit her first career home run and junior Janetta Deaven hit a three-run blast of her own as Indiana overcame a nearly 6 ½ hour rain delay to top Buffalo in its first game of the Speedline Invitational, 10-1 in five innings, on Friday, March 16.
Turner's first roundtripper was of the walk-off variety, as it put the mercy rule into effect and ended the contest. With the Hoosiers (11-9) leading 8-1 and pinch-runner Julie DiNallo on first in the bottom of the fifth, Turner crushed Margo Shramm's 1-0 offering well over the fence in left to push Indiana's lead over eight runs.
The home run capped an impressive offensive display by the Hoosiers, who banged out 15 hits - five of which went for extra bases - in winning their eighth consecutive game. Indiana has collected at least 10 hits in five of those contests in putting together its longest win streak since a 16-game binge from April 23-May 13, 1994.
The game started at 10 a.m., and Buffalo (1-18) quickly put a run on the board in the top of the first. Marcy Hansen led off the game with a single to left, and went to second on a sacrifice by Colleen Greene. Hansen moved to third on Erin Zilka's flyout to right, and Sharon Barr brought her in with another single to left to put the Bulls up 1-0.
Indiana answered immediately, with junior Julia Hamilton leading off the bottom half of the first with an infield single. After a Hamilton steal and a popout, junior Jennilee Huddleston stepped in and doubled to right center to score Hamilton with the Hoosiers' first run. Junior Tory Yamaguchi followed with a bloop double down the right field line to put runners and second and third with no one out, and Rachel Terry stepped up to the plate.
With the rain starting to fall and Terry ahead 2-0 in her at bat, the teams were pulled from the field. With rain in the area for the next couple of hours and no tarps available at the Greco Complex, the game would not restart until almost 5 p.m.
When the game did resume, Terry drew two more balls to complete her at bat and reach on a walk. Sophomore Emily Bergeson then drew a four-pitch walk to bring in Huddleston with the go-ahead run. Yamaguchi was erased at the plate on a fielder's choice and senior Kim Richards lined out to left as Buffalo starter Dana Carter (0-4) avoided further damage.
The Hoosiers would add another run in the bottom of the third before blowing the game open in the fourth. Hamilton led off the inning with a single to center, and scored when Carter threw the ball away on sophomore Sarah Padove's infield single. After Huddleston singled up the middle to score Padove, she was erased at second on a Yamaguchi fielder's choice. A groundout moved Yamaguchi to second and Bergeson's single to short put runners on the corners with two out. Deaven then smoked a ball over the fence in right center to put Indiana up 8-1.
IU threatened to add more, as Richards singled up the middle, freshman Jennifer Glueckert singled through the right side and Hamilton walked to load the bases, but Schramm got a groundout to bring the inning to a close.
Junior Jennifer Moore (4-3) turned in the first complete game of her Hoosier career, as she allowed just one run on four hits and a walk in 5 innings of solid work. Carter took the loss for the Bulls, allowing eight runs, six earned, on 14 hits and two walks in 3 2/3 innings pitched.
Huddleston was 3-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBIs to lead Indiana at the plate, while Hamilton, Yamaguchi, Bergeson and Deaven had two hits each. Barr was 2-for-2 to pace the Bulls.
Indiana will return to action on Saturday, March 17, against Princeton at 10 a.m. and Boston University at 12 p.m.
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