Indiana Set for USF Spring Break Tournament

    Go Hoosiers! Junior Jennilee Huddleston hit .348 during the USF adidas Invitational.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Junior Jennilee Huddleston hit .348 during the USF adidas Invitational.
    Go Hoosiers!

    March 13, 2007

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    Tournament: USF Spring Break Tournament
    Location: Tampa, Fla.
    Host: South Florida
    Dates: March 13-14, 2007
    Facility: USF Softball Field

    IU remains in the Tampa area for the second of three Spring Break tournaments. Each game of the USF Spring Break Tournament on March 13-14 can be followed live on Gametracker, which is accessible from

    Indiana continues its Spring Break schedule at the USF Spring Break Tournament from March 13-14 in Tampa, Fla. The Hoosiers went 3-5 at the USF adidas Invitational in Clearwater, Fla., from March 8-11, and will play in the Speedline Invitational from March 16-18, also in Tampa.

    Indiana's all-time records against this week's opponents at the USF Spring Break Tournament are below:

    Opponent: IU W-L (last)
    vs. George Mason: 2-0 (W, 1984)
    vs. Quinnipiac: First Meeting
    vs. Long Island: 0-1 (L, 2001)
    at South Florida: 7-8 (1-1, 2006)

    Indiana got off to a rough start at the USF adidas Invitational, dropping all five games in pool play, but rebounded to go 3-0 in bracket play to win the Bronze Bracket championship.

    The Hoosiers got the tournament started against the top team in Pool D, No. 19/20 Georgia Tech, on March 8. Despite scoring eight runs on the Yellow Jackets, IU was run-ruled, 16-8 in six innings. The Hoosiers scored four runs in the second and fourth innings to keep the contest within reach, but couldn't shut down a potent Georgia Tech offense that entered the game hitting a robust .349 as a team.

    Later that day, Indiana fell to Massachusetts, who spent three weeks this season ranked in both major polls, 8-5. Indiana led the contest 5-3 entering the seventh inning, but surrendered five runs to the Minutewomen in the top half and was unable to score in the bottom half to take the tough loss. The loss wasted a 3-for-4 effort at the plate by freshman Jennifer Glueckert.

    Despite putting up a combined 13 runs on the first day of the tournament, the Hoosier bats fell silent on day two, as IU was two-hit in a 2-0 loss to Illinois-Chicago and could muster just two runs in a 5-2 loss to Northern Illinois on March 9.

    The Hoosiers were still struggling at the plate against Tennessee Tech on March 10, managing just four hits, but got a stellar pitching performance from Monica Wright, who shut out the Golden Eagles through seven innings. With the teams locked in a scoreless tie, the contest headed to extra innings, where Indiana twice gained one-run advantages, but twice allowed TTU to tie the game. Tennessee Tech kept the Hoosiers at bay in the top of the 10th and managed to push across a run of its own to take the contest, 3-2.

    Having gone winless in pool play, IU was now playing for its life, knowing that its tournament ended with a loss from there on out. Indiana responded with an 11-3 win over Wagner in five innings, pounding out 16 hits and scoring in each inning but the first to advance to the Bronze Bracket semifinals on March 11. Jennilee Huddleston and Heather Hohs both picked up three hits in the win.

    Indiana earned on a date with Big Ten foe Michigan State in the semifinals of the bracket, and outlasted the Spartans in eight innings, 5-4. After relinquishing a 3-0 lead and going to extras, IU allowed MSU to go on top, 4-3 in the eighth. But in the bottom half, Huddleston tied the game on a leadoff triple that scored Julia Hamilton, who was placed on second via the international tiebreaker rule, and senior Rachel Terry followed with a single up the middle to score Huddleston with the winning run as the Hoosiers advanced to the title game of the bracket and gave head coach Stacey Phillips her first win over her alma mater as head coach.

    Agianst Fordham in the finals, IU took advantage of a fortuitous turn of events to put up five runs in the sixth inning. Sophomore Emily Bergeson grounded out on a 3-1 pitch to apparently end the inning, but the third base umpire called an illegal pitch on the Rams' pitcher, giving Bergeson a walk and prolonging the inning. Junior Janetta Deaven immediately made Fordham pay, driving a double to the gap in right center on the first pitch she saw to score Bergeson and junior Tory Yamaguchi. A Fordham error put runners on the corners, and Deaven scored on a wild pitch. Senior Kim Richards then smacked a home run over the fence in left center to cap the scoring. Wright worked a scoreless seventh to nail down the win as the Hoosiers took the Bronze Bracket crown.

    Senior Rachel Terry leads the squad with a healthy .341 average on the season. Junior Jennilee Huddleston follows with a .317 mark, while Tory Yamaguchi has raised her average to .311. Yamaguchi paces the squad with a .667 slugging percentage, has an OPS (on-base plus slugging) of 1.007. Huddleston has amassed a team-leading .429 on-base percentage, as she is second on the team with 13 hits on the season and first in walks with eight.

    George Mason (7-6)
    - The Patriots are led at the plate by Kristin Dickel, who is hitting .385, and in the circle by Arielle Weinkofsky, who is 2-3 with a 2.52 ERA. George Mason went 3-1 at its own Mason Invitational from March 10-11, topping Morgan State twice and Brown once and falling to Youngstown State.

    Quinnipiac (1-1) - The Bobcats have played just twice after having their first eight scheduled games cancelled or postponed, and split a doubleheader with St. Joseph's on March 10. Krista Seeman went a combined 4-for-6 at the plate and picked up the Bobcats' win in the circle with a complete game five-hitter.

    Long Island (5-11) - The Blackbirds were also at the USF adidas Invitational, going 2-4 and falling in the quarterfinals of the Silver Bracket to the Big Ten's Ohio State. The Blackbirds topped Michigan State 3-1 at the tournament. Randi Gillespie entered the tournament with a .483 batting average. Jenny Giles is 4-5 to lead LIU in the circle.

    South Florida (18-12) - The Bulls struggled at their own adidas Invitational, posting a 2-5 record and falling in the semifinals of the Bronze Bracket to Fordham. Had USF won that contest, it would have faced Indiana in the title game of the bracket. The Bulls, who were ranked early in the season, picked up wins over Wagner and Northern Illinois at the invite, but fell to North Carolina, Oklahoma State, Western Michigan and Jacksonville.

    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 USF Tournament with four home runs on the season, giving her a total of 25 for her career. The mark ties her for fourth in Indiana lore with Lauren Hines, who hit 25 home runs from 2003-06. Next up in Yamaguchi's march up the record book is Meg Montgomery, who sits third after hitting 26 roundtrippers from 1994-97.

    Senior Kim Richards hit her first home run of the season against Michigan State on March 11, giving her 13 for her career, which puts her in sole possession of eighth on the all-time IU list. Stormy Hanson is seventh with 21 from 2000-03.

    With her longball against Wagner on March 10, senior Rachel Terry moved into the top 10 with nine career jacks to her credit. She is tied with Amy Lonigro, who hit nine home runs from 1994-97. Sue Lilly sits ninth with 12 from 1977-80.

    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. In her very next at bat, against UMass on March 8, Pellerito went deep again, this time with a solo shot to lead off the third inning. With two home runs already this season, Pellerito has matched her output from all of last year.

    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 the Speedline Invitational from March 16-18 at the Greco Complex in Tampa. There, IU will face Buffalo, Princeton and Boston University before moving on to bracket play.




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