Hoosiers Set For Midweek Game Against Evansville

    Go Hoosiers! Tory Yamaguchi
    Go Hoosiers!
    Tory Yamaguchi
    Go Hoosiers!

    March 25, 2008



    The Hoosiers will take on the Evansville Purple Aces on Wednesday at the IU Softball Field at 4 p.m. before opening Big Ten Play at home on Friday and Saturday against No. 6 Michigan. Indiana will conclude the first weekend of conference play by welcoming Penn State to Bloomington on Sunday for the first-ever softball broadcast on the Big Ten Network.

    Indiana picked up a 1-0 win over Drake University last Thursday in its home opener at the IU Softball Field. Julie DiNallo reached on a hit in the bottom of the sixth and came on the way around to score on a Drake throwing error on a bunt attempt by Julia Hamilton.

    The following day was the start of the IU Classic with Louisville and Illinois-Chicago joing the Hoosiers. The Hoosiers fell to Louisville, 9-3, and UIC, 3-0 on Friday and Saturday's games were cancelled due to inclement weather. In the game against UIC, sophomore Kelli Ritchison collected her first two career hits in the losing effort.

    The Evansville Aces offense has been the story in the first half of the 2008 season, scoring nearly twice as many runs as it opponents through 21 games. Brittany Herald's .379 batting average is just one of four regulars who are hitting at .325 or better. Krista Price is tied for the team lead with three home runs and 16 RBIs, while leading the team with 10 stolen bases in 12 attempts. All in all, there are 10 different players that have gone yard for the Aces this season.

    The pitching for the Aces has also been solid so far, with a team ERA of just over three at 3.01. Jennifer McKee brings a perfect 6-0 mark into the game along with a 2.06 ERA.



    Wright, the junior from Morrison, Ill., continued her dominance out of the bullpen at the Under Armour Invitational in Clearwater, Fla. She pitched three innings of one-hit relief against Kennesaw State and followed that by coming on with one on and one out against Fairield in the seventh inning to retire the next two hitters to preserve a 6-5 win for IU.

    She also made two starts in Clearwater and gave up just two runs in 8.1 innings on eight hits to lower her season ERA by over a run.

    Before she gave up four runs in her start against Boston University, Wright had given up three runs in her previous 18.0 innings for a 1.17 ERA, including a complete game, three-hitter against USF, but took the loss in a 1-0 game.

    Against UMass in the Under Armour Showcase, Wright threw all eight innings and allowed just one run on three hits to get the win.

    She also the starting pitcher in the Hoosiers home opener against Drake and came away with her first complete game shutout of the season. Wright allowed just two hits and struckout three while walking one on her way to her third win of the season.

    Jennilee Huddleston has been a staple in the IU lineup over the past two seasons, starting each of the last 111 games for the Hoosiers. This season she has started the first 24 games, before beging given the day off against UIC (3/21), running her string of consecutive games started to 135. Of those 135 games, only one start was not made at third base. On March 9, 2007 against Northern Illinois, Huddleston shifted to shortstop while Kari Bettenbrock got the start at third.

    Yamaguchi is proving she is not just an offensive player by her work behind the plate. Through 25 games, she has thrown out 11 runners in 26 stolen base attempts against her, tying her for the lead in the Big Ten. 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. The senior from Woodland Hills, Calif., added her first pickoff of the season at the Under Armour Invitational.


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