Wright, Yamaguchi Shut Down Evansville, 2-0
April 18, 2007
EVANSVILLE, Ind. - Sophomore Monica Wright pitched a six-hit shutout and junior batterymate Tory Yamaguchi gave her all the offense she would need with a two-run home run as Indiana picked up a 2-0 win over in-state rival Evansville on Wednesday, April 18, at Cooper Stadium.
Wright (13-14) worked out of a dicey situation in the seventh inning to preserve the win. After striking out the first two Evansville batters, the Purple Aces (23-15) got back-to-back hits to make things interesting. Shortstop Krista Price then stepped into the batter's box representing the winning run, but lined out to senior Heather Hohs in right field to end the contest.
IU (20-23) scored the only two runs of the contest with two out in the third. After junior Jennilee Huddleston reached on a fielder's choice, Yamaguchi sent Evansville pitcher Ashley Hobbs' 1-0 offering out to right field for her third opposite-field longball of the season. The home run was Yamaguchi's career-high 12th of the season, moving her into a tie for third on IU's single-season list.
The Hoosiers missed a golden opportunity to score earlier in the contest, as IU loaded the bases with no one out in the second inning, but failed to score. Yamaguchi led off the inning by reaching on an Evansville throwing error, and classmate Anna Olson followed with a sharp single to left. Sophomore Stephanie Pellerito sent the first pitch she saw back up the middle to load the bases, but Hobbs would work out of trouble.
The Purple Aces would get the first out via strikeout, then erased pinch-runner Kelli Ritchison at home on a fielder's choice. Hobbs then fielded a grounder for out number three as Evansville kept the game scoreless.
Evansville also had solid scoring chances in the first and sixth innings. The Aces left a pair of runners on base in the first, as Amanda Ockomon led off the frame with a sharp single through the right side and went to second on a sacrifice bunt. A Price walk put runners on first and second with just one out, but Wright got a strikeout and a groundout to escape the jam.
Wright also worked out of trouble in the sixth, as a hit batter and a fielding error put runners on first and second with just one down. The Hoosiers got a fielder's choice to nail the lead runner at third, then Yamaguchi fielded a nubber in front of the plate for the third out.
Wright allowed just six hits and a walk in the contest, striking out six. Hobbs (8-6) was nearly as good, allowing just two runs on five hits and two walks, and faced just two batters over the minimum after the third inning.
Yamaguchi finished 1-for-2 with a walk to complement her home run, while sophomore Sarah Padove was 2-for-4 on a pair of infield singles.
Indiana returns to action on Friday, April 20, when it will host IU head coach Stacey Phillips' alma mater, Michigan State, at 4 p.m.
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