Softball Starts Spring Break Trip at adidas Invitational
March 7, 2007
Opponent IU W-L (last)
SCOUTING THE HOOSIERS
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.
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.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
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.
MAKING THE MOST
2006 IN REVIEW
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.
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