March 5, 2008
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
The Indiana softball team will travel to Clearwater, Fla., for the first of three tournaments to be played over spring break. The Hoosiers will start with the Under Armour Invitational on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. against Fairfield. Later on Thursday, IU will take on Sam Houston State followed by games against Quinnipiac and Kennesaw State on Friday as pool play continues. Saturday will see the Hoosiers battle Syracuse before getting into bracket play after being seeded by their pool play record.
Here are some notes on the Hoosiers through the first nine games of the season...
Redshirt senior Tory Yamaguchi has been a terror at the plate throughout her career in Bloomington. In her three previous seasons, Yamaguchi slugged 33 home runs in her first three seasons and has one this season for a total of 34 round trippers, leaving her just four home runs short of the all-time mark of 38 set by Monica Armendarez (1999-98).
Each season, the native of Woodland Hills, Calif., has increased her home run total. After hitting 10 as a redshirt freshman in 2004, she followed that up with 11 in 2005 before hitting 12 in 2007. That total from a year ago tied two other Hoosiers for the third most in a single season in IU history. The all-time single season record is 16 set by Michelle Venturella in 1994.
Jennilee Huddleston also moved into the top ten on the career home list with her 11th career dinger at the Frost Classic in Chattanooga, Tenn. The opposite field shot was her first of the season and moved her to with in one of Amy Lonigro's 12 career home runs.
GETTING IT DONE BEHIND THE PLATE TOO
IT'S BEEN A WHILE
Yamaguchi is proving she is not just an offensive player by her work behind the plate. Through nine games, she has thrown out five runners in 14 stolen base attempts against her. All of last year, Yamaguchi caught 10 runners out of 44 attempted steals. She caught three runners at the Frost Classic, including two in the game against Eastern Illinois.
When junior second baseman Sarah Padove
hit her first home run of the season against Kentucky at the Frost Classic, it was her first round-tripper since April 16 at Illinois of her freshman year. That year she hit three home runs, each in successive weekends starting with Penn State on April 2. The following weekend, her second home run came off Michigan's all-american pitcher, Jennie Ritter.
KARI TO THE RESCUE
Kari Bettenbrock, a senior from Cory, Ind., gave IU its first win of the 2008 season at the Campbell Cartier Tournament in San Diego, Calif., on Feb. 17. With two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning and the Hoosiers trailing 6-5, she stepped in and drilled a two-run homer over the wall in center field. It was just her third career home run, but it sent the Hoosiers home with confidence heading into their next tournament.
JUST "PEACHY" AT THE PLATE
Indiana senior third baseman Jennilee Huddleston, a native of Peachtree City, Ga., has been extremely reliable at the plate for the Hoosiers in the early going of the season. She is hitting .370 overall with a home run and four RBI. She also had a six-game hit streak snapped against Kentucky. During her tear at the plate, she hit .500 (10-for-20) with a home run and three runs batted in and three runs scored.
DEVITT DOES IT
Freshman outfielder Brittany Devitt has taken little to adjust to college pitching in her first year at Indiana. She has started all nine games for the Hoosiers and has hit two home runs and driven in three runs. In addition to that, she has also scored four runs and has a slugging percentage of .577 and and on-base percentage of .357.
Junior Monica Wright was listed as the starting pitcher against Chattanooga, but a switch prior to the game put Sara Olson in the circle for the first pitch. Olson went two innings before Wright was brought in to shutdown a Moc offense that had scored eight runs in the first two innings. She did just that, allowing three hits and striking out five over the final four innings.
Shortstop Emily Bergeson has hit two home runs this season, and both have been of the two-run variety. But even more interesting is who the runner on base has been both times and where they were when she hit the home run. Senior centerfielder Julia Hamilton has reached base ahead of both of Bergeson's dingers and has been on second base on both occasions as well.
The first time was against Tulsa at the Campbell Cartier Tournament, when Hamilton drew a walk and then stole second before Bergeson launched a bomb over the left field wall. The second time was against Kentucky at the Frost Classic, the speedy centerfielder laced a double just prior to Bergeson's shot.
TO (NOT) CATCH A THIEF
Senior outfielder Julia Hamilton has caused headaches for opposing defenses ever since putting on the Indiana uniform for the first time in 2005. Entering the 2008 season, she had stolen 43 bases in 47 attempts. So far in `08, she is a perfect 2-for-2 to give her 45 career steals.
As a freshman, the Lincolnshire, Ill., product stole nine bases in 10 attempts before swiping 17-of-19 each of the past two seasons.
The 45 career stolen bases moves her past Kelli Brandt into seventh all-time. With another season similar to the past two, Hamilton would finish in the top five all-time, but will have a tough time catching the all-time leader, Aimee Lonigro's 90 career thefts.