Terriers Rally to Down Indiana, 4-1
March 17, 2007
TAMPA, Fla. - Boston University took advantage of some shaky Indiana defense in the third inning and tacked on two more runs in the fifth as the Terriers stopped the Hoosiers' nine-game winning streak with a 4-1 win in the final game of pool play at the Speedline Invitational at the Greco Complex on Saturday, March 17.
The win gave BU (13-6) one of the top seeds coming out of pool play, with the loss relegating Indiana to a No. 2 seed. Both teams were 2-1 in pool action, but the Terriers won the tiebreaker by taking the head-to-head match-up.
The Hoosiers (12-10) struck first in the contest, plating a run in the top of the second inning. Sophomore Emily Bergeson continued to swing a hot stick with a leadoff double to the gap in right center, and two outs later, senior Kim Richards duplicated the feat to score Bergeson with what would prove to be IU's only run.
BU answered in the bottom of the third with a pair of runs, neither of which was earned. Shayne Lotito reached on an IU fielding error to lead off the frame, and moved to second on a Brandi Shields sacrifice. Chiya Louie then ripped a double to left center to score Lotito with the Terriers' first run. Indiana starter Jennifer Moore got a grounder to second for the second out, but Rachel Herbert reached on another IU fielding error, which allowed Louie to score. After Melissa Dubay singled up the middle, the Hoosiers brought in sophomore Monica Wright, who struck out Nora Militz on three pitches to end the frame.
Wright worked a perfect fourth to keep BU at bay, but ran into trouble in the fifth. With pinch-runner Molly Gallagher on first with one out, Christy Leath lifted a long drive that cleared the fence in straightaway center to push the Terriers' advantage to 4-1. Wright recovered to get a pair of grounders to third to end the inning, but the damage was done.
The Hoosiers wasted several good scoring opportunities in the contest, stranding 11 runners for the game, including seven in scoring position. Indiana advanced runners to third in the first, third, fourth and fifth innings and came up empty each time.
Indiana had a chance to get on the board in the top of the first, as freshman Jennifer Glueckert reached on an error with one out, and junior Tory Yamaguchi legged out an infield single to put runners on the corners with two outs. Boston U. starter Megan Currier then got a flyout to left to end the Hoosiers' scoring threat.
In the third inning, junior Jennilee Huddleston doubled down the left field line and Yamaguchi singled to right to put runners at the corners with just one out. A groundout moved Yamaguchi to second, but the Hoosiers were unable to convert, flying out to right to end the inning.
The fourth inning also looked promising for Indiana, but IU again failed to crack the scoreboard. Sophomore Julie DiNallo singled up the middle with one out, and Richards followed with a walk to put runners at first and second. A fielder's choice left the Hoosiers with runners at the corners, but Currier got a groundout to work out of the jam.
The Terriers wriggled off the hook once again in the fifth, as Huddleston doubled, Bergeson walked and junior Janetta Deaven was hit by a pitch to load the bases with two outs. With pinch-hitter Kari Bettenbrock at the plate with the bags full, Currier uncorked an errant pitch that went to the backstop. Huddleston started for home, but got hung up on the basepaths when the ball quickly ricocheted back Herbert, the BU catcher. Herbert fired down to third baseman Brooke Hudson, who threw home to Currier to nail Huddleston at the plate for the third out.
Moore (4-4) was saddled with the tough-luck loss, as she allowed just a pair of unearned runs on three hits and a walk in 2 2/3 innings of work. Currier improved to 4-0 on the season, allowing just one run on nine hits and two walks in 7 innings of work.
Yamaguchi was 3-for-4 to pace the Hoosiers' nine-hit attack, while Huddleston (2-for-3) and Richards (2-for-2, RBI) collected a pair of hits each. Five different Terriers accounted for BU's five hits.
The loss snapped Indiana's win streak at nine games, dating back to bracket play of the USF adidas Invitational on March 10.
Indiana now enters bracket play at the Speedline Invitational, where it will face Chattanooga at 9 a.m. on Sunday, March 18. Should the Hoosiers win that contest, they would advance to take on the winner of Wisconsin and Kent State at 11 a.m.
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