Eastern Michigan Edges Hoosiers 3-2 in Bracket Play of IU Classic
March 24, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Senior Heather Hohs went 3-for-3 and junior Tory Yamaguchi missed her second home run of the day by mere inches, but Indiana fell to Eastern Michigan 3-2 in the first bracket game of the IU Classic on Saturday, March 24.
The Eagles (6-14) drew first blood in the contest, as Jenny Scherer led off the top of the second inning with a solo home run over the fence in left.
Indiana (16-12) countered with a run in its half of the inning, as Hohs singled through the left side with two outs. After Hohs stole second, junior Julia Hamilton followed with a single through the right side to put runners on the corners. Indiana then worked the double steal to perfection, as Hamilton swiped second and Hohs stole home to even the score.
The Hoosiers went ahead in the bottom of the third, with juniors Jennilee Huddleston and Yamaguchi leading off the inning with consecutive singles. A Kim Richards sacrifice bunt moved both runners over, and sophomore Emily Bergeson drew a walk to load the bases. Junior Janetta Deaven then brought Huddleston in with a fielder's choice to put IU on top, 2-1.
Huddleston's single in to lead off the frame extended her season-best hitting streak to 10 games.
Eastern Michigan regained the lead in the top of the fifth inning. Stephanie Sabo reached on an infield single to start the inning, and was sacrificed to second by Ashley Strauss. Lindsay Schmid then singled to right center to score Sabo with the tying run.
After IU starter Jennifer Moore struck out Scherer, Heather Han doubled to dead center to knock in Schmid with the eventual winning run.
Indiana stranded nine runners in the game, including five in scoring position. The Hoosiers left the bases loaded in the bottom of the first, missing a three-run lead by a matter of inches. With Hamilton and Huddleston on via walks, Yamaguchi drilled a shot to right. Schmid, the Eagles' right fielder, tracked the ball all the way to the wall, but Yamaguchi's drive hit the yellow piping along the top of the outfield fence and bounced back into the field of play. With Hamilton and Huddleston unable to advance until seeing if the ball was caught, Yamaguchi stood on first with what was surely one of the hardest-hit singles of her career. The Woodland Hills, Calif., missed her 10th home run of the season, and second of the day, as she went deep against Buffalo in the game prior, by literally inches.
In addition to Hohs' three hits, Yamaguchi was 2-for-4 in the contest. Hamilton, Huddleston and senior Rachel Terry accounted for the Hoosiers' other three hits. Han was 2-for-3 to pace the Eagles.
Moore (4-5) absorbed the loss despite a solid outing in which she allowed just three runs on eight hits and two walks. Reliever Aimee Woodrum (3-4) picked up the win for Eastern Michigan after allowing just three hits in 4 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.
With the loss, Indiana falls to the third-place game at the IU Classic. The Hoosiers will face either Illinois-Chicago or Buffalo, depending on the result of the game between those two clubs at 10 a.m. Sunday. Regardless of the outcome of that contest, Buffalo will play at noon due to travel concerns, meaning the Hoosiers could play at either noon or 2 p.m.
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