Yamaguchi, Terry Rally Hoosiers to 5-4 Win in Game One Against Kentucky
April 25, 2007
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Indiana junior Tory Yamaguchi stroked a two-run single with two outs in the top of the seventh inning, and the Hoosiers held on in the bottom half, topping Kentucky in game one of a non-conference doubleheader on Wednesday, April 25, 5-4.
With IU (21-27) down 4-3 in the seventh, the Hoosiers loaded the bases with no one out. Senior Heather Hohs reached on an error to lead off the inning, and the Wildcats (19-25) were unable to get her at second on Jennilee Huddleston's grounder to short. Another UK fielding error let Emily Bergeson reach, loading the bases without the benefit of a hit.
Kentucky starter Amber Matousek got an infield fly and a fielder's choice at the plate to get the first two outs, bringing Yamaguchi to the dish. The Woodland Hills, Calif., native was up to the task, sending the first pitch she saw back up the middle to bring in Huddleston and Bergeson with the tying and go-ahead runs, respectively. Matousek would escape further trouble as third baseman Molly Johnson snagged a hard-hit line drive off the bat of Rachel Terry for the third out.
The Wildcats would not go down without a fight, putting runners on first and second in the bottom half of the frame. Gina Florence singled to lead off the inning, and after a sacrifice moved her to second, Indiana starter Monica Wright got a strikeout for the second out. Johnson would draw a four-pitch walk to make things interesting, but Wright got Ashley Fertic swinging to wrap up the win.
The Hoosiers scored all five of their runs after the fourth inning. With the Wildcats on top 2-0 in the top of the fifth, IU finally pushed a run across on Kim Richards' bloop single to center, which scored Hohs from third.
Terry gave Indiana its first lead of the day the following inning, sending a long drive over the fence in left center for her career-high seventh home run of the season. Her blast scored pinch-runner Julie DiNallo, who came on after Sarah Padove was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning.
Fertic had an answer for Terry's heroics in the bottom half of the sixth, hitting a two-run shot of her own in nearly the same spot to put the Wildcats back on top, 4-3.
The Wildcats scored a pair of first-inning runs, getting RBI singles from Brooke Marnitz and Fertic to put the Hoosiers in an early hole.
Yamaguchi, Terry, Bergeson and Richards recorded two hits each to pace Indiana's nine-hit attack. Marnitz, Fertic and Katie Campbell had two hits apiece for the Wildcats, who rapped out 10 in the contest.
Wright improved to 14-16 on the season, allowing four runs on 10 hits and two walks in 7 innings. Matousek fell to 6-7 on the season after allowing five runs, three earned, on nine hits in 7 innings.
The Hoosiers and Wildcats will finish off the doubleheader with game two starting at approximately 6 p.m.
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