Yamaguchi Ties Career Home Run Mark in Loss To Ohio State
April 11, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Redshirt Senior Tory Yamaguchi tied the Indiana career home run record with her 38th career blast, a solo shot in the second inning, but it was not enough as the Ohio State Buckeyes came out with a 3-2 win at the IU Softball Field on Friday.
Junior pitcher Monica Wright (8-11) pitched well enough to get the win but made one mistake to Ohio State's top hitter, Sam Marder, in the top of the sixth inning and Marder capitalized with a two-run go-ahead home run. Wright's final line showed three runs allowed on nine hits with six walks and four strikeouts. She was also able to work out jams in the third, fourth and fifth innings, stranding the bases loaded twice in that stretch.
Kim Reeder (13-9) got the win in the circle for Ohio State by allowing two runs on four hits with 12 strikeouts.
Wright got into a jam in the top of the second and escaped by allowing just one run on an RBI single. Yamaguchi then led off the bottom of the inning with her 38th career home run, and fifth of the year, on a shot to right field with the wind blowing out in that direction. She now sits at the top of the list with Monica Armendarez, who also hit 38 home runs. The solo home run also gave her 100 RBI in her career, becoming the fourth Hoosier to pass the century mark in their career.
Indiana got to Reeder again in the bottom of the third when Jennifer Glueckert worked the count full before depositing a base hit into left field. She moved up to second on a sacrifice bunt by Julia Hamilton and came all the way around to score on a double to right center by Julie DiNallo, giving Indiana a 2-1 lead.
The Buckeyes loaded the bases in the third but Wright got Rachael Shepherd to groundout to Jennilee Huddleston at third base to end the threat. In the fourth, Wright caught Liz Caputo looking at strike three to strand a pair of runners on base. And in the fifth, Ohio State loaded the bases with one out but was unable to score after a fly out to left field was not deep enough to bring home a run and Brittany Goodchild hit a line drive at Huddleston again to end the inning.
Ohio State had its first two batters of the six retired in order before Dee Dee Hillman blooped one over Huddleston's head at third base that shortstop Emily Bergeson made a diving attempt to catch but it was ruled that the ball hit the ground first so the inning continued. Marder, the leading hitter for Ohio State at .475 coming into the game, sent the first pitch see saw over the right field fence to give the Buckeyes the 3-2 lead.
Indiana and Ohio State will reconvene on Saturday at the IU Softball field at 1 p.m. in the final game of the weekend series.
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