Softball Starts Spring Break Trip at adidas Invitational

    Go Hoosiers! Junior Julia Hamilton and the Hoosiers return to action at the adidas Invitational.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Junior Julia Hamilton and the Hoosiers return to action at the adidas Invitational.
    Go Hoosiers!

    March 7, 2007

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    Tourney: adidas Invitational
    Location: Clearwater, Fla.
    Host: South Florida
    Date: March 8-11, 2007
    Facility: Eddie C. Moore Sports Complex

    IU will be in action on March 8-11 at the adidas Invitational in Clearwater, Fla., for the first of three Spring Break tournaments. All of the games can be followed live on Gametracker, which is accessible from

    Indiana embarks on an 11-day Spring Break schedule, starting with the adidas Invitational from March 8-11 in Clearwater, Fla. The Hoosiers will also play in the University of South Florida Tournament in Tampa from March 13-14, and the Speedline Invitational from March 16-18, also in Tampa.

    Indiana's all-time records against this weekend's opponents at the adidas Invitational are below:

    Opponent IU W-L (last)
    vs. Georgia Tech 1-2 (L, 2004)
    vs. Massachusetts 4-1 (W, 1998)
    vs. Illinois-Chicago 7-3 (2W, 2006)
    vs. Northern Illinois 14-9 (W/L, 2002)
    vs. Tennessee Tech 0-2 (L, 2006)

    Indiana is off to a 3-4 start on the season after splitting a pair of games at the Kay Brechtelsbauer Southern Classic in Carbondale, Ill., on March 3-4. The Hoosiers dropped a 6-2 contest to Western Illinois on March 3, but came back to post a 6-2 win over Ball State the next day. Indiana's games against Ohio University and Southern Illinois were cancelled because of the threat of extreme cold weather in the area.

    Against the Westerwinds on March 3, Indiana committed a costly error in the top of the seventh, allowing Western Illinois to score four unearned runs and pick up the win. The Hoosiers were one-hit in the contest, with Julia Hamilton's single in the fifth inning proving IU's only safety. Indiana had already scored a pair of runs in the game without the benefit of a hit, taking advantage of three Westerwind errors on the day.

    The Hoosiers bounced back the following day by rallying for a win over the Cardinals. Down 2-1 entering the bottom of the sixth, the Hoosiers got a leadoff triple from Hamilton to get things started. Two outs later, junior Tory Yamaguchi stepped up to the plate, but Ball State elected to intentionally walk Yamaguchi, who had homered in the previous inning to break up the Cardinals' no-hitter. The strategy backfired for BSU as Indiana's next batter, Sarah Padove, dropped a single into shallow right to score Hamilton and tie the game.

    IU head coach Stacey Phillips brought in freshman Kelli Ritchison to pinch-run for Yamaguchi, and the move immediately paid off, as Ritchison beat the throw to third on a fielder's choice on the next play, loading the bases for the Hoosiers and keeping the inning alive.

    Sophomore Stephanie Pellerito then stepped in and drilled the first pitch she saw over the fence in left for a grand slam to cap the huge comeback. The home run was her first of the season.

    Indiana opened its season with a 2-3 showing at the Crowne Plaza Classic in Houston, Texas, from Feb. 16-18.

    The Hoosiers opened the season with a 3-0 win over Centenary on Feb. 16, with juniors Jennifer Moore and Monica Wright combining on a two-hitter.

    IU followed that contest with a 6-2 loss to Southern Illinois later in the day, and dropped a pair of games on Feb. 17, falling 8-0 in six innings to No. 5 LSU and 5-3 to tournament host Houston.

    Indiana rebounded with a 6-0 win over Missouri State on Feb. 18, settling matters early by batting around in the first inning for five runs. Wright and Moore again teamed for a shutout, combining for a one-hitter. Wright allowed just an infield dribbler in the fifth inning for the Bears' lone hit of the day.

    Junior Jennilee Huddleston was on fire in the opening tournament, and leads the Hoosiers with a .417 batting average and four runs scored in five games.

    Senior Rachel Terry leads the squad with a healthy .357 average on the season. Junior Tory Yamaguchi and Huddleston have put together identical .278 averages so far on the season. Yamaguchi owns a .778 slugging percentage and an OPS (on-base plus slugging) of 1.128.

    Georgia Tech - The No. 20/19 Yellow Jackets enter the adidas Invitational with a 20-3 record on the season. Caitlin Lever leads Georgia Tech at the plate with a .562 average, while Whitney Humphreys (9-1, 1.98 ERA) headlines the pitching staff.

    Massachusetts - The Minutewomen come into the tournament with a 4-5-1 record. UMass is paced at the plate by Candice Molinari (.444) and in the circle by Brandice Balschmiter (2-3, 1.05 ERA).

    Illinois-Chicago - The Flames enter the weekend with a 4-11 ledger. UIC is led at the plate by Mallory Studzinski (.316) and in the circle by Sarah Clynes (3-6, 4.15 ERA).

    Northern Illinois - The Huskies bring a 5-4 record to Clearwater. Randi Kreiter leads NIU with a .414 average, while Kate Greenough is 5-3 with a 2.19 ERA.

    Tennessee Tech - The Golden Eagles come into the weekend with a 15-8 record. Beth Boden paces TTU with a .389 average at the plate, while Bonnie Bynum is 9-5 with a 1.99 ERA in the circle.

    Redshirt junior Tory Yamaguchi, who missed all of last season with illness, returned to the Hoosier lineup with a vengeance at the Crowne Plaza Classic in Houston, Texas, on Feb. 16-18, collecting four hits in 13 at bats for a .308 average. The catcher from Woodland Hills, Calif., scored three runs on the weekend and hit a pair of home runs. She collected 10 total bases to lead the team with a .769 slugging percentage.

    Redshirt junior Tory Yamaguchi enters the weekend with three home runs on the season, giving her a total of 24 for her career. The mark ties her for fifth in Indiana lore with Brooke Monroe, who blasted 24 round-trippers for the Hoosiers from 1999-2002. Next in Yamaguchi's sights is Lauren Hines (2003-06), who sits fourth in school history with 25 home runs to her credit.

    Juniors Jennilee Huddleston and Tory Yamaguchi hit back-to-back home runs in the top of the fourth inning against Southern Illinois on Feb. 16, marking the first time this season that a Hoosier duo had done so.

    Sophomore Stephanie Pellerito hit a grand slam to propel Indiana to a 6-2 win over Ball State on March 4. Pellerito was playing just her second game of the season, and got the starting nod after an injury to Emily Bergeson the day before.

    2006 IN REVIEW
    Indiana went 30-25-1 last season, with an 8-9 record in the Big Ten, earning the program's first NCAA Tournament berth since the 1996 season.

    Indiana went 1-2 in the postseason, winning its first game, against Utah, before falling to No. 3 Texas and Utah to be eliminated.

    The Hoosiers return 14 letterwinners from that squad, but lost their top two pitchers and top two hitters from last season. Senior Rachel Terry is the top returning batter, as she hit .299 to rank third on the squad last season. Classmate Kim Richards led Indiana in RBIs last year with 32, and had a .270 batting average. Christy Wahl is IU's lone returning pitcher, as the senior went 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA in four appearances last year.

    Third-year head coach Stacey Phillips brought in eight newcomers for 2007, including five freshmen and three transfers. 2005 All-Big Ten selection Tory Yamaguchi also returns after missing last season with illness.

    The Hoosiers have eight teams on the 2007 schedule that have appeared in both major polls this season. 2007 IU opponents LSU, Massachusetts, South Florida, Louisville, Northwestern and Michigan were ranked in both the USA Today/NFCA and Softball preseason top 25 polls, while Southern Illinois and Georgia Tech have both jumped in since then. Indiana was 2-8-1 against ranked opponents last season, picking up wins over No. 15 Nebraska and No. 25 North Carolina and tying No. 10 Oklahoma. Five of the eight losses came against Big Ten competition, including three to Michigan and two to Northwestern.

    With their 3-0 win over Centenary on Feb. 16, the Hoosiers improved to 21-12-1 all-time in season-opening contests, dating back to the 1974 season, Indiana's first as a varsity program.

    The Hoosiers remain in Florida for a pair of tournaments on the campus of the University of South Florida. IU will be in action at the USF Tournament from March 13-14, then at the Speedline Invitational from March 16-18.




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