Hoosiers Roll to Ninth Straight Win, Topping Princeton 10-1 in Six
March 17, 2007
TAMPA, Fla. - For the second time in as many games, Indiana hit a walk-off home run to put the mercy rule into effect. Junior Jennilee Huddleston had the honors on Saturday, March 17, smashing a three-run shot to left center to put the exclamation point on the Hoosiers' 10-1 win over Princeton at the Speedline Invitational at the Greco Complex.
With Indiana (12-9) leading 7-1 entering the bottom of the sixth, junior Julia Hamilton poked a one-out single to right center for the Hoosiers' first hit off reliever Kristen Schaus, who entered in the bottom of the fourth. Freshman Jennifer Glueckert followed with an infield single to short and Huddleston then sent the first pitch she saw over the fence in left center for the walk-off win.
The finish was eerily reminiscent of Friday's contest against Buffalo, which Indiana won 10-1 when freshman Stephanie Turner hit a two-run blast in the fifth to put the run rule into effect.
Against the Tigers (5-6) on Saturday, IU jumped on Princeton starter Calli Jo Varner for three runs in the bottom half of the first. Hamilton and Huddleston reached via a walk and an error, respectively, and senior Rachel Terry walked to load the bases with two outs. Sophomore Emily Bergeson then singled past the outstretched glove of Princeton third baseman Kathryn Welch to bring in Hamilton and reload the bases. Junior Janetta Deaven followed with a walk to push the Hoosiers' advantage to 2-0, and sophomore Julie DiNallo earned a four-pitch walk to knock in Terry with IU's third run of the frame.
Indiana tacked on four more runs in the third inning, with redshirt junior Tory Yamaguchi leading off the frame with a solo shot to left center, her sixth home run of the season. The blast moved Yamaguchi into sole possession of third place in Indiana history in career home runs with 27, as she passed Meg Montgomery, who hit 26 from 1994-97.
The Hoosiers were far from done, as Terry was hit by a pitch before Varner got a pair of outs. DiNallo then turned in a textbook at bat to keep the inning alive, fouling off eight pitches before earning a walk to put runners at first and second. Senior Kim Richards then drilled a 1-0 pitch over the fence in dead center for her third home run of the season to give Indiana a 7-0 lead.
Princeton spoiled IU starter Monica Wright's shutout in the top of the sixth inning, as Brianna Moreno reached on a bunt single and was safe at second on Colleen Abbott's sacrifice attempt in the next at bat. Wright got a strikeout and a flyout as the Hoosiers were poised to escape without damage, but Welch singled to left to score Moreno. Wright then got a groundout to end the inning.
Wright (8-6) won her sixth straight decision by allowing just one earned run on two walks and four hits in 6 innings of work. Princeton's run was the first charged to Wright in 27 1/3 innings, dating back to a 5-4 win over Michigan State on March 11, a span of seven games.
Varner took the loss for the Tigers, falling to 2-2 after allowing seven runs, four earned, on four hits and five walks in 3 innings.
Hamilton was 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored for the Hoosiers, while Huddleston (1-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs), Yamaguchi (1-for-2, run, RBI) and Richards (1-for-3, run, 3 RBIs) all went deep for IU. Yamaguchi and Richards hit home runs in the same game for the second time in the last four games.
Moreno was 2-for-2 with a run scored to pace the Tigers at the plate.
The victory ran Indiana's win streak to nine games, its longest such streak since taking 16 straight games from April 23-May 13, 1994.
The Hoosiers return to action with a contest against Boston University at noon.
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