Bergeson Blasts Three Home Runs In 15-14 Loss To Illinois
April 26, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana Junior shortstop Emily Bergeson launched three home runs to tie the Indiana single-game record, including a three-run shot in the eighth inning the brought the Hoosiers to within a run but the University of Illinois Fighting Illini held on for the 15-14 win at the IU Softball Field.
Bergeson became just the second player in Indiana history to hit three home runs in a game, joining Monica Armendarez who did it on April 24, 1996 against Michigan State. Bergeson finshed the game with six RBI, the second most in a game behind the seven Armendarez had in her three home run game. Her eight home runs this season give her 12 in her career, moving her into a tie for 10th on the career home run list at Indiana.
Illinois (28-27, 7-9 Big Ten) scored in the top of the first inning on an RBI single by Shanna Diller but Indiana (14-33, 4-12 Big Ten) made its first comeback of the game in the bottom of the inning with a two-run home run from Bergeson followed by a three-run shot by Brittany Devitt three batters later to give Indiana a 5-1 lead.
Neither team would be able to get on the board again until the bottom of the fifth inning when Bergeson launched her second home run of the day, a solo shot to right field, giving Indiana a 6-1 lead.
The Illini came up in the top of the sixth inning and got two runs back on a home run by Hollie Pinchback to make 6-3 in favor of the Hoosiers. The Illinois bats then got red-hot in the top of the seventh, scoring eight runs on five hits to take, what appeared to be, an insurmountable lead of 11-6.
But a second comeback of the day came to fruition for Indiana in the last of the seventh inning. The top of the lineup got things going with leadoff batter Jennilee Huddleston drawing a walk. Pinch hitter Alyssa Maiese struck out for the first out of the inning and Bergeson drew a walk for Friday's hero, freshman designated player Sara Olson. With Olson at the plate, both runners advanced one base on a wild pitch, which would prove to be important. Olson blooped a single into right field that Bergeson read immediately off the bat and was right on Huddleston's heels at third base as both runner's scored to make it an 11-8 lead for Illinois.
Tory Yamaguchi hit a frozen rope to center that moved pinch runner Kristin King to third base and Yamaguchi took second on the throw. Anna Olson stepped in next as a pinch hitter and, after driving in a pair of runs on Friday with a single down the right field line, proceeded to crush the offering from Claire DeVreese (20-18) over the right center field fence to even the score at 11-11. It was her first home run of the season and gave her five RBI on the last two balls she put in play.
The Illini once again responded in the eighth with four more runs, highlighted by Angelena Mexicano's three-run homer, her 21st home run of the season. As anyone could guess, the Hoosiers were not going to go quietly in their half of the eighth with the top of the order leading off once again.
Huddleston and Julia Hamilton started the rally with back-to-back singles ahead of Bergeson's third bomb of the day and team-leading eighth of the year, another opposite field shot to right field to bring the Hoosiers to within a run at 15-14. The Illini then brought starting pitcher Ashley Wright in to try to stop a third comeback by Indiana, and she did just that by retiring the next three batters in order to pick up the save.
Indiana starting pitcher Monica Wright threw the first 6.1 innings before getting in trouble in the seventh. She then re-entered in the eighth and got the final three outs after Jennifer Moore (1-6) gave up a solo home run to start the eighth and take the loss. DeVreese picked up the win and Wright earned the save for Illinois.
The Hoosiers will continue their weekend homestand with a doubleheader against Iowa on Sunday starting at Noon.
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