Badgers Take First Game of Doubleheader, 5-3, Despite Terry Home Run
April 16, 2007
MADISON, Wis. - Senior Rachel Terry hit her fifth home run of the season, but Indiana could not overcome an early Wisconsin outburst, falling to the host Badgers in game one of a Big Ten doubleheader, 5-3 at Goodman Diamond on Monday, April 16.
Trailing 5-0 in the fifth inning, the Hoosiers (19-22, 1-8 Big Ten) finally capitalized on one of its several scoring opportunities with Terry's three-run shot. Junior Jennilee Huddleston reached on an error with one out, and after a strikeout, sophomore Sarah Padove singled through the left side. Terry then drilled a 2-0 pitch out of the park just left of the 218 sign in left center to draw IU within two at 5-3.
IU threatened to add more, as senior Kim Richards singled sharply to left and freshman Stephanie Turner reached on another Badger error to put runners at first and second. Wisconsin starter Eden Brock then got a big strikeout to end the inning.
Playing without injured starters Julia Hamilton and Tory Yamaguchi, the Hoosiers got off to a rough start, allowing four earned runs in the bottom of the first inning. Wisconsin's Joey Daniels led off the game with a four-pitch walk, and Samantha Polito followed with a bunt single. Katie Hnatyk followed with a walk to load the bases, and Athena Vasquez drew a walk of her own to force in the first run. Designated player Ricci Robben lifted a sacrifice fly to center to score Polito, and Alexis Garcia singled sharply off a diving Huddleston's glove at third to bring in Hnatyk. Theresa Boruta capped the scoring by scorching a double down the left field line to knock home Vasquez. IU finally stopped the bleeding by getting a pair of groundouts to end the inning.
Wisconsin (22-13, 4-5) added another run in the third inning, when Vasquez doubled to lead off and came in on a Hoosier throwing error.
Indiana stranded eight runners in the game, leaving at least one runner on in each inning but the fourth and the seventh. IU had a promising first inning, as Huddleston led off the game with a single up the middle, and Padove added a one-out base knock through the left side. The Hoosiers would not score, however, as Brock struck out the next two batters to quiet the rally.
IU had a pair of hits in the third inning, but freshman Jennifer Glueckert was thrown out at home by Valyncia Raphael on Richards' single to left to end the frame.
The Hoosiers out-hit Wisconsin in the game, rapping out seven hits to the Badgers' six. Padove and Richards both went 2-for-4 in the game, while Terry was 1-for-4 with a run and three RBIs. Garcia went 2-for-3 with an RBI to pace the Wisconsin offense.
Brock improved to 12-7 on the season, allowing just three unearned runs on seven hits and two walks in 7 innings of work. The victory was her first against the Hoosiers in four career decisions.
Indiana starter Monica Wright fell to 12-14, as she surrendered five runs, four earned, on six hits and four walks in 6 innings.
IU and Wisconsin will complete the doubleheader with game two starting at approximately 2:30 p.m. Central time.
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