Terry Bashes Two Home Runs to Lead Indiana to Split with Illini
April 1, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Senior Rachel Terry hit a pair of home runs, including a go-ahead, two-run shot in the top of the seventh inning, to lead Indiana to a 6-5 win and a doubleheader split with Illinois on Sunday, April 1.
With the Hoosiers (18-16, 1-3 Big Ten) trailing 5-4 entering the top of the seventh, freshman Stephanie Turner earned a leadoff walk to bring Terry to the plate. The Palatine, Ill., native delivered, sending Illinois reliever Claire DeVreese's 2-2 offering out over the fence in right center to give IU its first lead of the day.
The Illini (23-14, 2-2 Big Ten) would not go quietly, loading the bases in the bottom of the inning to make things interesting. Designated player Sydney Lisy, who homered twice in an 11-1 game one win for Illinois, drew a walk to lead off the frame. One out later, she moved to second on a wild pitch, then went to third on a Sarah Bryers single to left.
IU reliever Jennifer Moore got a big strikeout for the second out of the inning, bringing Angelina Mexicano - who had hit a pair of round-trippers of her own in the game already - to the plate. Mexicano drew a walk to load the bases, and third baseman Shanna Diller worked the count full and fouled off a 3-2 pitch before drilling a shot to right center that seemed destined to drop in and score the tying run.
Indiana right fielder Jennifer Glueckert had other plans, however, as the freshman laid out to make a spectacular diving catch to rob Diller and preserve the Hoosier win.
Illinois jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the contest, picking up a single run in the first inning on Kisten Martin's RBI single up the middle. The Illini tacked on three more runs in the second, when Mexicano drilled her first home run of the day out to left to score Bryers and Hope Howell, who reached via a walk and an infield single, respectively.
The Hoosiers shaved their deficit to two runs by scoring a pair with two out in the fourth. Sophomore Emily Bergeson started the rally be drawing a four-pitch walk, and junior Janetta Deaven reached on an error to prolong the inning. Indiana quickly capitalized on the opportunity, as senior Kim Richards sent a single back up the middle to score Bergeson with the Hoosiers' first run of the game. After pinch-hitter Kari Bettenbrock followed with a walk to load the bases, pinch-runner Kristin King came in on a wild pitch to make the score 4-2.
Indiana drew even in the fifth with two more runs. After sophomore Sarah Padove drew a leadoff walk, a groundout and a wild pitch moved pinch-runner Kelli Ritchison to third. Turner then stepped in a sent a flare to left on which Makenzie Smith made an excellent catch, but Ritchison tagged on the play and was able to score easily with IU's first run of the frame. Just three pitches later, Terry sent a drive out over the wall in center to knot the game at 4.
Mexicano briefly put the Illini back on top in the bottom half of the inning, sending a solo shot out to left center for her second home run of the afternoon. The lead was to be short-lived, as the Hoosiers would rally for the win in the seventh.
Moore improved to 5-6 on the season with 4 2/3 innings of solid relief in which she allowed just one run on two hits and four walks. She also struck out six Illinois batters to set a new season high. DeVreese took the loss, allowing two runs on two hits and two walks in 2 1/3 inning of work to fall to 1-2.
Neither IU starter Monica Wright nor Illinois starter Ashley Wright earned a decision.
Mexicano was 2-for-4 with a pair of home runs and four RBIs to pace the Illini's seven-hit attack, while Terry was the star at the plate for the Hoosiers, going 3-for-4 with a double, two home runs and three RBIs.
With her second home run of the day, Terry became just the sixth player in IU history with multiple home runs in the same game. Richards and junior Jennilee Huddleston are also on that list, as Richards had two against Tulsa last season and Huddleston had a pair against Chattanooga on March 18 of this season.
The win salvaged a split with Illinois, which won the first game of the doubleheader 11-1 in five innings.
Indiana returns to action on Wednesday, April 4, when it will face Louisville for a doubleheader in Louisville, starting at 5 p.m.
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