Kentucky Rallies for Split, Takes Game Two of Doubleheader
April 25, 2007
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kentucky scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to rally from a two-run deficit, topping Indiana, 5-4, in game two of a doubleheader at the UK Softball Complex on Wednesday, April 25.
Trailing 4-2 entering the bottom of the fifth, Kentucky (20-25) finally got to Indiana starter Christy Wahl, who had a one-hitter in the works heading into the frame. The Wildcats got an infield hit and three walks off of Wahl, the last of which knocked her from the game. Junior Jennifer Moore relieved her with the bases loaded and two out, but Alli Eckman drilled a double to right center to bring in Katie Campbell and Molly Johnson with the tying and go-ahead runs, respectively.
The Hoosiers (21-28) drew first blood in the contest, scoring a pair of runs in the top of the second on junior Janetta Deaven's second home run of the season. After falling behind 0-2 with one out, senior Rachel Terry worked a walk, bringing Deaven to the plate. The Harrisburg, Pa., native, down 1-2 in her count, sent a long drive over the fence in left to put Indiana on top, 2-0.
Kentucky pulled within one run in the bottom half of the frame, as Brooke Marnitz blasted her 21st home run of the season, bringing in Audrey Meyer, who reached on a walk. Marnitz, the NCAA leader in home runs per contest, took her shot out to dead center for the Wildcats' first hit of the game.
The Hoosiers would get one of those runs back in the top of the fourth, with Deaven again involved. With one out, Deaven earned a walk, then went to second on freshman Kristin King's sacrifice bunt. Senior Heather Hohs then dropped a single into the gap in left center, scoring Deaven to make the score 4-2.
Indiana's offense was undone in the game by a pair of double plays. With pinch-runner Kelli Ritchison on second in the top of the third, Tory Yamaguchi sent a low line drive toward second that Gina Florence snared on the fly. Florence then tossed over to Marnitz to double off Ritchison.
Kentucky turned another twin killing in the fifth. After a Richards walk and another Padove double knocked UK starter Lindsay Brogdon from the game, Yamaguchi drew a walk off reliever Jennifer Young to load the bases with just one out. Young would get out of trouble the easy way, however, inducing the 1-2-3 double play off the bat of Terry to end the inning.
The Hoosiers had one last chance to draw even, but with Hohs on first with two down in the sixth, Ashley Fertic tracked down Jennilee Huddleston's long drive on the warning track in center to end the inning.
Padove was 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles in the contest to lead the Hoosiers, who pounded out eight hits. The Wildcats were held to just three hits for the game, but all three were costly. Marnitz, Johnson and Eckman accounted for UK's trio of safeties.
Wahl took the loss, falling to 2-3 on the season after allowing five runs on just two hits but eight walks in 4 2/3 innings. Young picked up the win, improving to 7-7 with 2 2/3 innings of one-hit relief.
The Hoosiers return to action on Friday, April 27, when it will face Penn State at 6 p.m. in University Park, Pa.
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