Huddleston Goes Deep Twice as Hoosiers Pound Chattanooga, 7-1
March 18, 2007
TAMPA, Fla. - Junior Jennilee Huddleston hit a pair of home runs and classmate Tory Yamaguchi added another as Indiana advanced in bracket play at the Speedline Invitational with a 7-1 win over Chattanooga on Sunday, March 18.
With the Hoosiers (13-10) leading 1-0 in the top of the fifth, Huddleston hit her first home run of the game, a three-run shot to left center. Sophomore Julie DiNallo was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, and junior Julia Hamilton singled up the middle one out later. After UTC pitcher Brooke Loudermilk got a strikeout for the second out of the inning, Huddleston sent the first pitch she saw out of the park to push the Hoosiers' lead to 4-0.
IU had a chance to add more, as Chattanooga (17-16) committed errors on the next two batters to prolong the inning, but Loudermilk worked out of trouble, inducing a fielder's choice to end the frame.
After a Rachel Terry leadoff walk in seventh, Huddleston added her second jack of the day, this time over the fence in left to bring in pinch-runner Kelli Ritchison. Yamaguchi followed with her seventh home run of the season, taking it out in virtually the same spot as Huddleston's blast to make the score 7-0.
Indiana drew first blood, taking advantage of a Chattanooga error to plate a run in the first. Hamilton led off the game with a single to right center, and moved to second on a wild pitch. After a pair of strikeouts by Loudermilk, Yamaguchi hit a grounder to the right side that second baseman Brittney Whittier misplayed, allowing Yamaguchi to reach and Hamilton to score.
The Lady Mocs spoiled IU starter Monica Wright's shutout in the bottom of the seventh, with Tara Tembey leading off with a triple off the glove of right fielder Heather Hohs. Wright got a grounder for the first out, but Tembey was able to come in on Whittier's grounder to second. Wright then got a flyout to end the game.
Chattanooga's only other significant scoring chance came in the bottom of the second. Temby was again the catalyst, as she singled up the middle with one out, and went to second on Brittany Eason's single to left. A Whittier sacrifice bunt moved both runners over, but Wright fielded a comebacker to end the danger.
Huddleston became just the fifth player in school history to hit at least two home runs in the same game. The last was current senior Kim Richards, who hit a pair against Tulsa on March 10, 2006.
Yamaguchi's home run, her seventh of the season, moved her into a tie for second place on Indiana's career list with 28. The Woodland Hills, Calif., native is tied with Michelle Venturella, who hit 28 from 1992-95.
Huddleston finished 2-for-4 with two runs and five RBIs, while Hamilton was 2-for-4 with two runs. Temby was 2-for-3 with a run to lead the Lady Mocs.
Wright improved to 9-6 on the season, allowing just one run on four hits in 7 innings of work. Loudermilk (10-7) took the loss, allowing seven runs, six earned, on seven hits and two walks in 6 innings.
The Hoosiers advance to face Big Ten foe Wisconsin at approximately 11:20 a.m.
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