Hoosiers Head to Kentucky To Take On Wildcats

    Go Hoosiers! Kelli Ritchison lays down a bunt against Evansville.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Kelli Ritchison lays down a bunt against Evansville.
    Go Hoosiers!

    March 31, 2008

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana softball team will travel to Lexington, Ky., on Tuesday for a day-night doubleheader with the Kentucky Wildcats. The first game of the non-conference contest will start at 4 p.m. ET at the UK Softball Complex.

    The Hoosiers and Wildcats have already played each other once this season, meeting on Mardch 2 at the Frost Classic in Chattanooga, Tenn., and Kentucky coming away with a 10-5 win. In that game, Kentucky benefited from two bases loaded walks in the first inning and broke through for six runs in the sixth inning to overcome a 5-4 Indiana lead.

    The Hoosiers (7-23) scored twice in the second inning, the first coming on a Brittany Devitt RBI double. Devitt would come around to score the second run on a Kentucky error. In the fifth, Sarah Padove hit her first home run of the season and was followed by an Emily Bergeson two-run shot later in the inning to give IU a 5-4 lead at the time.

    Redshirt senior catcher Tory Yamaguchi has been providing the pop in the Indiana lineup in recent games. She has a hit in six of the last seven games, two home runs and six RBI. Four of those runs batted in came on one swing of the bat when she launched an opposite field grand slam to give the Hoosiers a 7-2 lead on their way to the win. Her third home run of the season came in the Hoosiers' last game on Sunday against Penn State, a solo shot in the bottom of the sixth.

    The native of Woodland Hills, Calif., now has 36 home runs in her career, which is second on the all-time list at Indiana. Monica Armendarez's 38 home runs are tops on the list and well within reach for Yamaguchi this season. She also has 91 RBIs in her career after her recent outburst, moving her into sole possession of seventh place on the all-time list at IU.



    Since the Hoosiers have returned home to Bloomington, senior center fielder Julia Hamilton has been on a tear at the plate. She has reached base via hits on six plate appearances and has drawn another six walks for an on-base percentage of .500.

    Kentucky enters Tuesday's doubleheader with a 13-14 overall record and a 1-5 mark in SEC play. The Wildcats opened conference play with top-ranked Alabama at home and dropped all three to the Crimson Tide. This past weekend they welcomed South Carolina for three games and picked up their first conference win.

    The leading hitter for the Wildcats is Molly Johnson, who brings a .416 average with four home runs and 21 RBIs into the game, the team leader in both categories. As a team, Kentucky has hit just 13 home runs but has driven in 115 runners on the season. Amber Matousek has started 17 of the team's first 30 games and has a 3.53 ERA and a 7-11 record.


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