Wahl Tosses Five-Hit Shutout as Hoosiers Top Buffalo 4-0
March 24, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Senior Christy Wahl threw a five-hit shutout and junior Tory Yamaguchi's three-run home run broke open a scoreless game in the bottom of the fifth inning as Indiana downed Buffalo 4-0 in its final game of pool play the IU Classic at the IU Softball Field on Saturday, March 24.
The Hoosiers (16-11) batted around in the fifth, starting with senior Rachel Terry's third single of the contest. After Terry was lifted for pinch-runner Kelli Ritchison, junior Jennilee Huddleston followed with a single to right center. Yamaguchi kept the rally going with a shot over the fence in right center for her ninth longball of the season.
Indiana wasn't done, as one out later, senior Kim Richards singled up the middle. Junior Janetta Deaven was then hit by a pitch, and sophomore Stephanie Pellerito singled to right center to score Richards from second and knock Buffalo starter Margo Schramm from the game. A wild pitch from reliever Dana Carter advanced both runners, but Carter got a popup and a strike out to end the frame.
Wahl was brilliant for much of the game, shaking off an ominous first inning in which the first five Buffalo batters reached base. After issuing consecutive walks to start the game, Wahl got a fielder's choice to erase Marcy Hansen at third. The Tucker, Ga., native then induced another fielder's choice to get Colleen Greene at third before walking Sharon Barr to load the bases. Wahl got out of trouble with the first of her career-high eight strikeouts, catching Carter looking to end the frame.
Wahl cruised for much of the game after that, retiring the side in order in the second, fourth and sixth innings, including striking out the side in the fourth. Buffalo (2-23) managed one last gasp in the seventh inning, as Liz Hauke singled to lead off the inning and Hansen and Greene singled with two outs to load the bases. Wahl nailed down her first career shutout by getting a flyout to center to end the contest.
The Hoosiers threatened to score in every inning but the third and fourth, and stranded 11 runners for the game. Indiana left the bases loaded in both the first and second innings and stranded two each in the fifth and sixth.
With junior Julia Hamilton on third in the bottom of the first, Buffalo elected to intentionally walk Yamaguchi. The strategy appeared to backfire as sophomore Emily Bergeson followed with a walk to load the bases, but Schramm coaxed a flyout to right to escape damage and leave the bags full.
In the second inning, freshman Jennifer Glueckert and Hamilton reached via a fielder's choice and a walk, respectively, and Terry drilled a sharply hit single to left to load the bases again. Schramm again wriggled off the hook, getting the red-hot Huddleston to ground out to short to end the frame.
The Hoosiers were led at the plate by Terry's 3-for-4 effort, while Pellerito was 2-for-2 with a walk and an RBI. Hansen was 2-for-3 to pace the Bulls.
Wahl allowed no runs on five hits and four walks - only one which came after the first inning - in picking up her first win of the season. Schramm (0-8) took the loss, allowing four runs on eight hits and five walks in 4 1/3.
The Hoosiers, who clinched the top seed in pool play with Buffalo's loss to Eastern Michigan earlier in the day, will face third-seeded EMU at 4 p.m.
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