Hooisers Fall to Illinois in First Game of Twinbill, 11-1
April 1, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana pounded out eight hits, but could not take advantage of the winds howling out of the IU Softball Field, falling to Illinois in the first game of a doubleheader on Sunday, April 1, 11-1 in five innings.
The Hoosiers (17-16, 0-3 Big Ten) were held at bay until the bottom of the fifth, when pinch-hitter Stephanie Turner roped a one-out double to left center to score senior Kim Richards, who led off the inning with a single up the middle.
Illinois (23-13, 2-1 Big Ten) capitalized on the windy day to bash six home runs in the contest, with 10 of its runs coming via the longball.
The Illini got the scoring started in the second inning with a pair of home runs. Designated player Sydney Lisy led off the inning with a solo shot to right, and Shanna Diller cranked a three-run shot to left center to score Molly Lawhead and Sarah Bryers to put IU in an early 4-0 hole.
Bryers got in on the home run act in the third inning, drilling a three-run shot of her own to bring in Lawhead and Lisy.
After Indiana turned a nifty 4-6-3 double play for the first two outs in the fourth inning, Illinois catcher Lana Armstrong hit a solo shot to make the score 8-0 in the Illini's favor. Kisten Martin and Lisy hit back-to-back solo home runs to lead off the top of the fifth inning, and Bryers later came in on a wild pitch to put Illinois up 11-0.
Now facing the mercy rule going into effect, the Hoosiers tried to put together a rally, with Richards and Turner combining to get IU on the board, but it was not enough as Illinois held on for the win.
Not to be overlooked in the loss was the play of junior Jennilee Huddleston and sophomore Sarah Padove. Huddleston drilled a pair of doubles in the contest, while Padove, who recently returned to the lineup after missing two weeks with a broken nose, was 2-for-2 with a double.
Armstrong, Bryers, Lisy and Martin had two hits each for the Illini.
Vicki Brown picked up the win, improving to 14-5 by allowing just one run on eight hits in 5 innings. Indiana's Monica Wright took the loss, falling to 11-9 by allowing eight runs on nine hits and three walks in 3 innings.
The Hoosiers and Illini will complete the doubleheader with game two starting at approximately 2 p.m.
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