Yamaguchi Leads Hoosiers to 2-1 Win Over UIC at IU Classic
March 23, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Junior Tory Yamaguchi hit her team-leading eighth home run of the season as the Hoosiers avenged an earlier loss to Illinois-Chicago by topping the Flames 2-1 at the IU Classic on Friday, March 23.
Yamaguchi gave Indiana (14-11) all the offense it would need in the bottom of the first inning. With senior Rachel Terry on first, Yamaguchi smashed UIC starter Chelsea Fuemmeler's 2-2 offering off the foul pole in left for her 29th career home run, giving her sole possession of second place in Indiana's all-time list. The Woodland Hills, Calif., native had been tied with Michelle Venturella (1992-95) for second.
The Hoosiers couldn't capitalize on a runner in scoring position in the third, stranding Terry, who smacked a one-out double to the gap in right center. Junior Jennilee Huddleston followed with a base hit up the middle to move Terry to third, but Huddleston was caught stealing and Yamaguchi fouled out to right to end the inning.
The Flames (8-16) got a run back in the top of the fourth, as designated player Sarah Clynes scored on Brooke Frydendall's single up the middle. Clynes led off the frame with a single to right, and went to second on a sacrifice bunt from Liz Jacoby. A Nicole Robinson infield single moved Clynes to third before Frydendall came up with the big hit to score her. A fielder's choice erased Robinson at third, and Becky Moran followed with a walk to load the bases, but IU sophomore Monica Wright got a lineout to second to end the inning with minimal damage.
UIC would have just one more scoring opportunity in the game, making the finish a dramatic one by putting runners on first and second in the seventh inning. Lauren Brennan singled through the left side to lead off the inning, and one out later, Mallory Studzinski singled to right to put the tying runner in scoring position. Wright was up to the task, however, inducing a pair of groundouts to end the game.
Wright improved to 10-7 on the season, allowing just one run on seven hits and a walk in 7 innings of work. Fuemmeler fell to 1-9 after allowing two runs on seven hits in 6 innings.
Junior Julia Hamilton finished 2-for-3 at the dish for the Hoosiers, while Terry, Huddleston, Yamaguchi, Richards and sophomore Stephanie Pellerito accounted for IU's other five hits. Robinson was 2-for-3 to lead the Flames at the plate.
IU narrowly avoided the rain in the area, as the skies opened just minutes after the final out was recorded.
The Hoosier win served as a measure of revenge against Illinois-Chicago, which topped Indiana 2-0 at the adidas Invitational in Clearwater, Fla., on March 9.
Indiana's next contest, against Eastern Michigan in the third game of the IU Classic, is slated for a 2 p.m. start.
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