Indiana Takes Third in IU Classic with 10-2 Win over Buffalo
March 25, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana banged out 14 hits and exploded for five runs in the sixth inning, topping Buffalo 10-2 in the third-place game at the IU Classic on Sunday, March 25.
The Hoosiers (17-12) jumped on Buffalo starter Dana Carter early, scoring a pair of runs in the first inning. Junior Julia Hamilton led off the frame with a single to center, then promptly stole second. A Rachel Terry grounder moved her to third, and junior Jennilee Huddleston doubled to the gap in right center to score Hamilton with the game's first run. A grounder moved Huddleston to third before senior Kim Richards knocked in Huddleston with an infield single.
Indiana tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the third with a two-out rally. Richards got things going with a single through the left side, and sophomore Emily Bergeson knocked her in with a double to left center. Junior Kari Bettenbrock, making just her third start of the season, came through with a double to right center to bring in Richards, making the score 4-0.
Buffalo (2-25) got a run back in the top of the fifth, as Sharon Barr got the Bulls going by drawing a one-out walk. Carter walked one out later, putting runners on first and second with two outs. Sam Gaetano then followed with a single to left center to get Buffalo on the board.
Junior Tory Yamaguchi restored Indiana's four-run advantage in the fifth, smashing a home run to dead center to make the score 5-1 in the Hoosiers' favor. The homer was Yamaguchi's 10th of the season, leaving her just one shy of her career high, set in 2005.
Buffalo cut its deficit to four again in the sixth, as Gaetano again made the Hoosiers pay for a walk. Jackie Burke earned the free pass with one out, and after a groundout moved her to second, Gaetano singled to left to bring her home.
IU blew the game open in the bottom half of the frame, plating five runs to put the mercy rule into effect. Indiana's first four batters reached base in the inning, as Hamilton and pinch-hitter Stephanie Turner drew consecutive walks to start things, and Huddleston and freshman Emily Crohn posted RBI singles to push IU's lead to 7-2. Crohn's hit was the first of her collegiate career.
A grounder moved Huddleston and Crohn over, and pinch-hitter Anna Olson dropped a bloop single into shallow right to score Huddleston. Bettenbrock picked up her second RBI of the day with a single to right center, and sophomore Julie DiNallo ended the contest with a single to left center that plated Bergeson, who re-entered for Olson.
All told, 10 Indiana batters combined for 14 hits. Huddleston, Richards, Bergeson and Bettenbrock each had two. Gaetano went 3-for-3 with a pair of RBIs to lead the Bulls.
Senior Christy Wahl (2-0) picked up her second win in as many days against Buffalo, as she worked 1 2/3 innings of relief, allowing one run on one hit and three walks. IU starter Monica Wright went 3 1/3 innings, allowing three hits and two walks, while reliever Jennifer Moore threw 1 inning, allowing one run on one hit and one walk.
Carter (0-6) took the loss for the Bulls, as she allowed five runs on 10 hits and a walk in 3 1/3 innings of work. Margo Schramm surrendered five runs on four hits and four walks in 2 innings.
Indiana returns to action on Wednesday, March 28, when it will face Ball State in Muncie, Ind., for a single game at 3 p.m.
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