Yamaguchi Extends Career Home Run Record in Loss To Purdue
May 3, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana softball team suffered a 2-1 loss to the Purdue Boilermakers on Senior Day at the IU Softball Field on Saturday. Tory Yamaguchi hit a solo home run to right field in the sixth inning, the 40th of her career to extend her school record.
Indiana (16-34, 6-13 Big Ten) allowed the first two Purdue batters to reach base in the first on a walk and an error. The runners moved up to second and third for Kelsey Haupert who laced a single into center field to plate both runners and give the Boilers a 2-0 lead. Purdue (33-20, 8-9 Big Ten) went on to load the bases later in the inning but Wright got Christina Trauger to fly out to left field to end the inning.
Wright (12-14) settled down after the rocky first inning and kept the Boilers off the scoreboard the final six innings to give the Hoosiers a chance for a comeback. The junior was outstanding with runners on base in the game, as she stranded 12 Purdue runners on base in the game, at least one in each inning.
The lone Indiana run came off the bat of Tory Yamaguchi, one of six seniors for the Hoosiers who were playing their final home game for the Cream and Crimson. The native of Woodland Hills, Calif., lifted a pitch to right-center field that the gusty winds carried just over the fence for her 40th career home run, and seventh of the season.
The Hoosiers had a threat going in the bottom of the third inning when Jennilee Huddleston and Julia Hamilton reached after there was one out. They advanced to second and third on a ground out but another ground ball back to the pitcher retired the side and kept the Hoosiers out of the scoring column.
Dana Alcocer (18-12) earned the win for Purdue, pitching all seven innings and allowing one run on four hits with five strikeouts and one walk.
Indiana will now travel to Purdue on Sunday for the regular season finale against the Boilermakers at the Varsity Softball Complex for a 1 p.m. first pitch.
The Hoosiers still have a chance to make the Big Ten Tournament despite the loss to the Boilers on Saturday. Indiana now has to win on Sunday in West Lafayette and have the Michigan Wolverines defeat the Penn State Nittany Lions in University Park, Pa.
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