Softball Season Comes to Close as Hoosiers Fall on Senior Day
May 6, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana dropped its final game of the season on Sunday, May 6, falling to Purdue 11-0 in six innings at the IU Softball Field. After the contest, the Hoosiers honored seniors Heather Hohs, Kim Richards, Rachel Terry and Christy Wahl and senior manager Jacqueline Keultjes.
Indiana (21-34, 1-19 Big Ten) was in trouble from the get-go, as Purdue (32-31-1, 10-9 Big Ten) drew four straight walks to lead off the game, and took advantage of three wild pitches to score three runs.
Sophomore Monica Wright came on to stop the bleeding, and got a popup and a strikeout to bring the inning to a close.
The Hoosiers threatened to score in the bottom half of the frame, but could not bring a run across. After junior Jennilee Huddleston reached on an error with two down, classmate Tory Yamaguchi legged out an infield single to put runners on first and second. Terry then grounded a ball to short, but Huddleston was unable to avoid shortstop Candace Curtis, and was called out for runner's interference.
Purdue added a run in the second when Ashley Barr reached on an error, and after a pair of sacrifices moved her to third, came in on Katie Mitchell's single through the left side. The hit was the Boilermakers' first of the game, and put PU on top 4-0.
The lead increased to 5-0 in the fourth, when Jenna Alexander led off with a solo home run that curled around the left field foul pole. Curtis knocked in run in the top of the fifth, and Kelsey Haupert brought in run number seven with a fielder's choice. The Hoosiers ended the inning with a head's up defensive play, however, catching Curtis in a rundown between second and third and then erasing Haupert on a rundown between first and second.
Purdue put the game into run-rule territory with four runs in the top of the sixth. Alexander led off the inning with a double, and after a sacrifice moved pinch-runner Catherine Zaworski to third, pinch-hitter Alicia Spack brought her in with a sacrifice fly. The Boilers would take advantage of a pair of errors to add another three runs in the frame.
The Hoosiers' best chance to score game in the bottom of the fifth, when sophomore Emily Bergeson drew a one-out walk and Hohs followed with a single up the middle. Junior Julia Hamilton sacrificed both runners over to put a pair in scoring position, but Purdue starter Brooke Baker got a groundout to keep the shutout intact.
Huddleston singled up the middle to lead off the bottom of the sixth, but despite moving her to second on Terry's groundout, IU would strand her.
Baker picked up the win, improving to 25-16 on the season, allowing just four hits and a walk in 6 innings of work. Wahl took the loss, falling to 2-5 after allowing three runs on four walks in 1/3 of an inning. Wright worked a solid 5 2/3 allowing eight runs, only two of which were earned, on six hits and three walks.
The loss was not the Senior Day sendoff the Hoosiers were hoping to give their senior class. Hohs, Richards, Terry and Wahl helped Indiana reach the NCAA Tournament in 2006, marking IU's first NCAA appearance in a decade. The quartet combined to play 727 games since 2004, with Richards and Terry leaving their marks in the IU record book. Both appear in Indiana's all-time top 10 in career home runs, while Richards finished in the top 10 in doubles and at-bats.
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