Indiana Softball to Host IU Classic on March 23-25

    Go Hoosiers! Redshirt junior Tory Yamaguchi and the Hoosiers host the IU Classic this weekend.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Redshirt junior Tory Yamaguchi and the Hoosiers host the IU Classic this weekend.
    Go Hoosiers!

    March 22, 2007

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    Tournament: IU Classic
    Location: Bloomington, Ind.
    Host: Indiana
    Dates: March 23-25, 2007
    Facility: IU Softball Field

    Indiana will play its first home games of the season when it hosts Buffalo, Eastern Michigan and Illinois-Chicago for the three-day IU Classic. All of IU's games can be followed live on Gametracker, a link to which can be found at

    Indiana will play its first home games of the 2007 season this weekend, as it hosts the IU Classic from Friday, March 23, through Sunday, March 25. Buffalo, Eastern Michigan and Illinois-Chicago will be in attendance. The Hoosiers have faced Buffalo and UIC already this season, but are seeing Eastern Michigan for the first time since the 2003 campaign, when the squads split a doubleheader in Bloomington. Indiana enters the IU Classic with a 13-11 ledger on the season.

    Indiana's all-time records against this week's opponents at the IU Classic are below:

    Opponent: IU W-L (last)
    vs. Illinois-Chicago: 7-4 (L, 2007)
    vs. Buffalo: 3-0 (W, 2007)
    vs. Eastern Michigan: 4-3 (1-1, 2003)

    Indiana went 10-7 overall on its annual spring break trip to Florida. After starting out 0-5 on the trip, IU rattled off nine consecutive wins to turn things around. Most recently, the Hoosiers went 3-2 at the Speedline Invitational in Tampa, finshing as the No. 2 seed in pool play after posting a 2-1 record, and going 1-1 in bracket play.

    IU won its first two games at the Speedline in dominating fashion, topping Buffalo 10-1 in five innings and downing Princeton 10-1 in six innings. Both contests ended with walk-off home runs to the put the mercy rule into effect.

    Against Buffalo on Friday, freshman Stephanie Turner hit her first career home run and junior Janetta Deaven hit a three-run blast of her own as Indiana overcame a 6 1/2 hour rain delay to top the Bulls in its first game of the Speedline. With the Hoosiers leading 8-1 and pinch-runner Julie DiNallo on first in the bottom of the fifth, Turner crushed Margo Shramm's 1-0 offering well over the fence in left to push Indiana's lead over eight runs.

    The home run capped an impressive offensive display by the Hoosiers, who banged out 15 hits - five of which went for extra bases - in winning their eighth consecutive game. Junior Jennilee Huddleston was 3-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBIs to lead Indiana at the plate, while Julia Hamilton, Tory Yamaguchi, Emily Bergeson and Deaven had two hits each.

    In the circle, junior Jennifer Moore turned in the first complete game of her Hoosier career, as she allowed just one run on four hits and a walk in 5 innings of solid work.

    Against Princeton the next day, Huddleston provided the late-game heroics. With Indiana leading 7-1 entering the bottom of the sixth, Hamilton poked a one-out single to right center. Freshman Jennifer Glueckert followed with an infield single to short and Huddleston then sent the first pitch she saw over the fence in left center for the walk-off win. Hamilton was 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored for IU, while Huddleston (1-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs), Yamaguchi (1-for-2, run, RBI) and Kim Richards (1-for-3, run, 3 RBIs) all went deep for IU.

    Sophomore Monica Wright won her sixth straight decision by allowing just one earned run on two walks and four hits in 6 innings of work. Princeton's run was the first charged to Wright in 27 1/3 innings, dating back to a 5-4 win over Michigan State on March 11, a span of seven games.

    Later that day, Indiana rapped out nine hits to Boston University's five, but committed three errors in a 4-1 loss. The loss snapped Indiana's season-best nine-game winning streak.

    Relegated to the No. 2 seed in its pool because of the loss, Indiana rebounded by pounding Chattanooga 7-1 the next day. The Hoosiers got a pair of home runs from Huddleston and one from Yamaguchi to advance to the bracket championship game.

    Wright lost her shutout in the seventh inning, allowing just four hits in winning her seventh straight decision.

    The win over the Lady Mocs earned Indiana a date with Big Ten foe Wisconsin in the bracket title game, and the Badgers emerged with a 5-0 win. The Hoosiers' hot bats finally cooled off, as IU could manage only five hits. Hamilton (2-for-4) and Huddleston (2-for-3) had a pair of hits each, while DiNallo accounted for IU's only other safety.

    Wisconsin also managed to cool off the red-hot Wright, touching her for four earned on 10 hits and five walks.

    IU won the USF Spring Break Tournament from March 13-14, going 4-0 at the tournament. Indiana posted a 1-0 win over George Mason on March 13, then topped Quinnipiac 6-3 later in the day. IU picked up a 6-1 win over Long Island on March 14, and added a 1-0 win over USF to claim the tourney crown.

    Indiana got off to a rough start at the USF adidas Invitational on March 8-11, dropping all five games in pool play, but rebounded to go 3-0 in bracket play to win the Bronze Bracket championship.

    HOOSIER LEADERS Junior Jennilee Huddleston leads Indiana with a .392 batting average, a .451 on-base percentage, seven doubles and 21 RBIs. Classmate Tory Yamaguchi is hitting .338 and paces the squad with a .703 slugging percentage and seven home runs. Junior Julia Hamilton has scored a team-best 18 runs on the season and leads IU with 10 stolen bases in 11 attempts. In the circle, sophomore Monica Wright is 9-7 with a 2.62 ERA. She has pitched a team-high 123 innings and has 79 strikeouts to her credit.

    Buffalo (2-20) -
    The Bulls have struggled this season, as they come into the IU Classic losers of 11 of their last 12. Buffalo did come away with a win from the Speedline Invitational, topping Boston University 1-0 on March 17. Lacy Schneider leads Buffalo at the plate, as she is hitting .273 on the season. As a team, Buffalo is hitting .213. The Bulls' pitching staff enters the IU Classic with a 7.58 ERA, with Sharon Barr (1-7, 6.85 ERA) seeing the bulk of the action. The Hoosiers have faced Buffalo once this season already, winning 10-1 in five innings at the Speedline Invitational. Barr was 2-for-2 with an RBI to pace Buffalo at the dish, while Indiana roughed up starter Dana Carter for eight runs, six earned, in 3 2/3 innings of work. Indiana junior Jennilee Huddleston was 3-for-3 with a double, two runs and two RBIs against the Bulls, while junior Janetta Deaven and freshman Stephanie Turner hit home runs for the Hoosiers. Turner's was the first of her career, and ended the game, as it put the mercy rule into effect.

    Eastern Michigan (4-12) - The Eagles lost 11 of their first 12 games to start the season, but seem to have turned things around and enter the IU Classic having won three of their last four contests. Among those three wins is an impressive 6-1 victory over Virginia Tech, which is ranked 24th in this week's edition of the Softball Poll. Eastern Michigan has not shied away from tough competition on the season, as the Eagles dropped a pair of games to No. 19 Florida in addition to falling twice to South Florida, which began the year ranked in the top 25. EMU is hitting .248 on the year thus far, led by Ashley Strauss' .365 effort. Aimee Woodrum sees the majority of innings in the circle for the Eagles, and has posted a 2-3 record to go with a 3.22 ERA. Woodrum was named the Mid-American Conference West Division Pitcher of the Week for the week ending March 4. The pitching staff has an aggregate 4.37 ERA.

    Illinois-Chicago (7-15) - The Flames fell to Illinois 18-4 in five innings on Wednesday, March 21, after going 3-3 at the USF adidas Invitational in Clearwater, Fla., from March 8-10. Against the Illini, Sarah Clynes and Elizabeth Jacoby had a pair of hits to lead the Flames. Clynes paces UIC at the plate and in the circle, as she is the Flames' leading hitter at .328 and is 6-7 with a 3.49 ERA. UIC was in Indiana's pool at the adidas Invitational, dropping IU 2-0 and picking up a 4-3 win over No. 22/20 Georgia Tech at the tournament. Against the Hoosiers on March 9, Clynes threw a two-hitter and allowed just one walk in 7 solid innings of work. Nicole Robinson was 2-for-3 with an RBI single in the first inning and Clynes helped her own cause by drawing a bases-loaded walk in the second to give the Flames a 2-0 lead they would not relinquish. IU senior Rachel Terry enjoyed moderate success against Clynes, going 1-for-2 with a walk, while sophomore Sarah Padove had the Hoosiers' only other hit in the contest. In Indiana's 17 spring break contests, Illinois-Chicago was the only team that didn't allow IU junior Jennilee Huddleston to reach base.

    Indiana won nine straight games from March 10-17, its longest streak since winning 16 in a row in 1994. The school record for consecutive wins is 18, which the Hoosiers set from March 23-April 12, 1983. Overall, the Hoosiers have won 10 of their last 12 contests after starting the season 3-9.

    Junior Jennilee Huddleston was on fire in Florida, hitting .429 over the 17 games with 10 runs scored and 17 RBIs. Huddleston hit safely in 13 of the 17 contests, and reached base in all but one. Tory Yamaguchi (.357), Emily Bergeson (.357), Julia Hamilton (.323) and Kim Richards (.306) also found success at the dish. As a team, Indiana hit .295 for the trip, raising its team batting average 69 points to .270 for the year.

    In her last 11 appearances, sophomore Monica Wright is 7-1 with a save and a 1.36 ERA. Over that span, Wright has tossed a pair of 1-0 shutouts and lost two more shutouts in the final innings of those games.

    Indiana is hitting .353 this season with the bags full, with sophomore Emily Bergeson coming up with three hits in four chances with the bases loaded. Junior Julia Hamilton is 2-for-2 with three on, while sophomore Stephanie Pellerito is 1-for-2 with a grand slam.

    Redshirt junior Tory Yamaguchi enters the IU Classic with seven home runs on the season, giving her a total of 28 for her career. The mark ties her for second with Hoosier legend Michelle Venturella, who hit 28 from 1992-95. Only Monica Armendarez, who hit 38 longballs from 1995-98, has hit more home runs in an Indiana uniform than Yamaguchi. Seniors Kim Richards (8th, 15 HR) and Rachel Terry (t-10th, 9 HR) also appear in the career top 10 in home runs for Indiana.

    Richards has moved into the top 10 in career doubles this season, as she now has 35 to her credit to stand tied for eighth with Margaret Haenisch (1991-94). Aimee Lonigro (1994-97) is seventh with 37 doubles during her career.

    Juniors Jennilee Huddleston and Tory Yamaguchi have hit back-to-back home runs twice this season. The duo first turned the trick in the top of the fourth against Southern Illinois on Feb. 16, then went yard consecutively again against Chattanooga in the top of the seventh on March 18.

    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, getting the starting nod after an injury to Emily Bergeson the day before. In her very next at-bat, against Massachusetts on March 8, Pellerito went deep again, this time with a solo shot to lead off the third. With two home runs already this season, Pellerito has matched her output from all of last year.

    Freshman Stephanie Turner has also taken advantage of her limited playing time this season. Turner went 1-for-3 with a double in her first collegiate action, against Ball State on March 4, and hit a walk-off home run in just her fifth career at bat, against Buffalo on March 16. Her two-run blast came in the bottom of the fifth inning, and put IU up 10-1 to put the mercy rule into effect.

    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.

    IU will take on in-state foe Ball State in a midweek contest on Wednesday, March 28, in Muncie at 3 p.m. EDT. Indiana has played Ball State already this season, topping the Cardinals 6-2 at the Kay Brechtelsbauer Southern Classic in Carbondale, Ill.




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