Yamaguchi Sets Career Home Run Record To Give Hoosiers Sweep Of Iowa
April 27, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana softball team completed a two-game sweep of the Iowa Hawkeyes on Sunday with its second straight 3-2 win at the IU Softball Field. Indiana's senior catcher Tory Yamaguchi hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning to provide the Indiana offense. The blast was the 39th of her career, moving her into sole possession of first place on the all-time list at Indiana, moving past Monica Armendarez.
Indiana (16-33, 6-12 Big Ten) had trouble making solid contact against Iowa starting pitcher Amanda Zust through the first six innings, with Brittany Devitt collecting the lone hit on a single back up the middle in the fifth inning. But in the sixth, Zust retired the first two batters in order before Emily Bergeson laced a single into right field, extending her hit streak to seven games, and keeping the inning alive for Sara Olson. Olson hit a ground ball to third base that looked to be the final out, but was mishandled and put the tying run on base with Yamaguchi up next. The senior from Woodland Hills, Calif., worked the count to her favor at 3-1 before going with a pitch on the outside corner and depositing hit over the fence to give Indiana a 3-2 lead.
Junior pitcher Monica Wright (12-13) got the win as a result of Yamaguchi's blast after allowing two runs on seven hits with three walks and four strikeouts in 6.0 innings of work. Game one winner Sara Olson was brought in to start the seventh inning and preserve the one-run lead. She would have to start with the top of the Iowa order and Chelsey Carmody. Carmody sent a fly ball into shallow right center field that looked like it was going to drop in for a hit, until Indiana second baseman Julie DiNallo made an over-the-shoulder diving catch for the first out of the inning. The next two batters went down in order and the Hoosiers earned their first two-game sweep of a Big Ten opponent since the final weekend of the 2006 regular season against Purdue.
Iowa (35-17, 12-6 Big Ten) scored its first run in the third inning on an RBI single by Summer Downs and added the second run in the sixth inning on an RBI single by Katie Brown. Zust (13-5) took the loss for the Hawkeyes despite giving up just three hits and all three runs allowed being unearned.
By winning three of four this weekend in Big Ten play, the Hoosiers' pair of games with the Purdue Boilermakers becomes extremely important as Indiana looks to finish in the top eight in the conference and advance to the Big Ten Tournament.
The first game with the Boilermakers will be played at the IU Softball Field on Saturday, May 3, starting at 1:00 p.m. Game two will then move to West Lafayette, Ind. on Sunday, also starting at 1:00 p.m.
-- Freshman Sara Olson did a little bit of everything this weekend for the Hoosiers. On Friday, she hit a walk-off grand slam for her first career home run. Then today in the first game, she hit a three-run home run for the Hoosiers only offense and went the distance in the circle to get the win. And in game two, she came on in the seventh inning and preserved a 3-2 lead for Monica Wright to pickup her first career save.
-- The last time Indiana won two games in a series against the Iowa Hawkeyes was in 1996 when the Hoosiers took two of three from Iowa. The last time Indiana swept a doubleheader from Iowa was on April 17, 1994 when they took both games by a 5-2 margin (The Hoosiers won both games on Sunday with identical 3-2 scores).
-- During her seven-game hit streak, Emily Bergeson has put up some impressive numbers and is one of the reasons why the Hoosiers won three of four this weekend. Here are her numbers during the streak:
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