Terry Goes Deep, Hoosiers Fall 7-3 to Michigan State
April 21, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana senior Rachel Terry hit her career-high sixth home run of the season, but the Hoosiers fell 7-3 to Michigan State on Saturday, April 21, as the Spartans completed the series sweep.
With Indiana (20-25, 1-11 Big Ten) trailing 4-1 entering the fourth inning, Terry led off the frame with a towering shot over the wall in left. The Hoosiers weren't done, as junior Tory Yamaguchi scorched a single to center and sophomore Stephanie Pellerito followed with a single to left to put runners at first and second with no one out. Yamaguchi and Pellerito were erased at third on the next two plays, but with sophomore Emily Bergeson on second and freshman Jennifer Glueckert on first, junior Julia Hamilton singled sharply off Michigan State first baseman Dayna Feenstra's glove to bring in Bergeson.
Now nursing a 4-3 lead, Michigan State (24-21, 2-6 Big Ten) gave itself some breathing room with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth on Traci Nicosia's two-run home run over the fence in left center. Kara Weigle's RBI single in the sixth provided the final margin.
The Spartans drew first blood in the contest, striking for four runs in the bottom of the first inning. After Nicosia's RBI single to right center put MSU on the board, Caitlin Mahoney continued her torrid hitting of late with a three-run home run down the left field line. Mahoney went 3-for-3 with a double and two home runs against IU in Friday's 10-0 Michigan State win.
The Hoosiers got a run back in the top of the third inning, with Glueckert getting hit by a pitch to start the inning. A Hamilton sacrifice moved her to second, and a Sarah Padove groundout moved her to third. Glueckert would then come in on a wild pitch for Indiana's first run of the day.
The Hoosiers had a runner in scoring position with one out in the first, but could not convert it into a run. Padove drilled a double down the left field line, then pinch-runner Kelli Ritchison went to third on a groundout. IU was unable to score, however, as Michigan State starter Lesley Noel coaxed a popup to escape the early jam.
Yamaguchi just missed her 13th home run of the season, smoking a line-drive double off the wall in left center with one out in the top of the second inning. The ball was just inches from clearing the fence, but struck just under the yellow piping that lines the top, keeping Yamaguchi in the yard.
IU's only other significant scoring chance came in the top of the sixth, when senior Kim Richards drew a leadoff walk and junior Jennilee Huddleston singled up the middle to put runners on first and second with no one out. After MSU shortstop Meghan Darhower made a fine snag on Terry's hard-hit line drive, Richards was erased at third on a fielder's choice. Reliever Megan Hair got a strikeout to end the inning as the Hoosiers were unable to cut into the Spartans' lead.
Hair picked up the win with 4 innings of effective relief, allowing one run on four hits and a walk. Junior Jennifer Moore took the loss for Indiana, allowing four runs on four hits and two walks in 2 innings of work.
Yamaguchi was 2-for-3 to pace the Hoosiers' eight-hit attack, while Nikki Nicosia, Traci Nicosia, Weigle, Mahoney and Mercado had two hits each to lead Michigan State's 11-hit effort.
Indiana returns to action on Sunday, April 22, with a doubleheader against No. 8/9 Michigan at noon.
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