Indiana Looks to Stay Hot at Ball State
March 27, 2007
SCOUTING THE HOOSIERS
Indiana opened the tournament with 2-1 win over UIC on March 23. Redshirt junior Tory Yamaguchi provided all the offense IU starter Monica Wright would need, hitting a two-run home run off the foul pole in left in the bottom of the first for the Hoosiers' only runs of the game. The home run was the 29th of Yamaguchi's career, moving her into sole possession of second place on the IU all-time list.
Against Eastern Michigan later in the day, home runs again proved the difference. Senior Kim Richards drilled a two-run shot over the scoreboard in left center in the bottom of the second inning, and junior Jennilee Huddleston added a solo shot in the bottom of the sixth as Jennifer Moore and Wright combined to shut down the Eagles. Wright picked up the win with 3 1/3 innings of relief.
Indiana's next win came with a pleasant surprise, as senior Christy Wahl turned in a complete-game shutout in just her second start of the season, earning a 4-0 win over Buffalo on March 24. After a shaky first inning in which she walked three batters and allowed the first five to reach base, Wahl settled down, striking out a career-high eight in earning her first win of the season. Wahl retired the side in order in the second, fourth and sixth innings, striking out the side in the fourth. She allowed just five hits for the game, and walked just one batter after the first.
Yamaguchi again provided the offense, hitting a three-run home run in the bottom of the fifth to break open a scoreless game. Richards tacked on an RBI single later in the frame.
The Hoosiers finally ran out of steam in their second game of the day, falling to Eastern Michigan in the first bracket game, 3-2. Senior Heather Hohs stole home to tie the game in the bottom of the second inning, and an RBI fielder's choice off the bat of Janetta Deaven put the Hoosiers on top 2-1 in the bottom of the second. The Eagles would rally, however, scoring a pair of runs in the top half of the fifth and holding on for the win.
Indiana took out the frustration of the loss on Buffalo the next day, pounding out 14 hits in rolling to a 10-2 win. The Hoosiers jumped out to a 4-0 lead through the first three innings, then added another run in the fifth on a Yamaguchi solo blast before exploding for five runs in the sixth. Indiana recorded five hits and two walks in the inning before sophomore Julie DiNallo's RBI single to left center scored classmate Emily Bergeson with the run that put the mercy rule into effect.
Kari Bettenbrock, making just her third start of the season, responded with a 2-for-3 effort at the dish, pounding out an RBI double and a run-scoring single.
SCOUTING BALL STATE
The Cardinals have already broken their school record for home runs in a season, bashing 22 in 25 games to surpass the old mark of 18. Six BSU players have hit at least two longballs, with Taylor Yancey and Kelli Jeziorski pacing the squad with five each. Junior Abby Gross leads the team in batting average with a .395 mark, while she also paces the Cardinals with 18 RBIs and a .605 slugging percentage. The Cardinals are dangerous on the basepaths, as they have already swiped 75 bases on the season. Allie Pennock has stolen 18 bases in 23 attempts so far on the season to lead the team.
In the circle, freshman Elizabeth Milian has posted a 5-6 record and a team-leading 2.61 ERA in 82 2/3 innings of work. She has tossed the Cardinals' only two shutouts of the season, blanking Wisconsin and South Dakota State.
LAST TIME AGAINST BALL STATE
Down 2-1 entering the bottom of the sixth, the Hoosiers got a leadoff triple from Julia 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 Cardinal starter Amanda Pick's 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.
Pellerito then stepped in and drilled the first pitch she saw over the fence in left to cap the huge comeback. The home run was her first of the season.
Indiana picked up its first run in the bottom of the fifth, when Yamaguchi led off the inning with her third home run of the season, a long blast to left. The Hoosiers had a chance for more, but stranded Pellerito at third and Stephanie Turner at second after a two-out double from Turner. Ball State got its only two runs in the top of the first inning, as Allie Pennock reached on a walk, then stole second and third and scored on a wild pitch. After a Kelli Jeziorski strikeout and a Taylor Yancey walk, Monica Wright came on to pitch for the Hoosiers. Wright struck out Abby Gross, but Elizabeth Milian then singled to right to score Yancey.
Wright picked up the win after allowing just five hits and two walks in 6 2/3 innings of relief, striking out seven. Indiana starter Jennifer Moore was credited with two runs on two walks and a strikeout in 1/3 of an inning.
Pick allowed six earned runs on six hits in 6 innings pitched.
Indiana had six hits on the day, with Hamilton, Yamaguchi, Padove, Pellerito, Turner and Janetta Deaven collecting one each.
Milian went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead the Cardinals.
NINETEEN AND COUNTING
THE WRIGHT STUFF
Seniors Kim Richards (8th, 16 HR), Rachel Terry (t-10th, 9 HR) and Jennilee Huddleston (t-10th, 9 HR) also appear in the career top 10 in home runs for Indiana. Huddleston moved in with a home run against Eastern Michigan on March 23.
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.
STEPHANIES MAKING THE MOST
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.
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