Indiana Hits The Road For Big Ten Play This Weekend

    Go Hoosiers! Emily Bergeson
    Go Hoosiers!
    Emily Bergeson
    Go Hoosiers!

    April 3, 2008


    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana softball team will take to the road this weekend for the first time in Big Ten play this season. They will play at Minnesota on Friday and Saturday followed by a doubleheader at Wisconsin on Sunday. Sunday's doubleheader starting at Noon Central will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network.

    The Hoosiers will look to use the momentum built with a doubleheader sweep at Kentucky on Tuesday as they battle the Golden Gophers and Badgers this weekend. Jennilee Huddleston laced a two-run two out double in the seventh inning to give IU a win in game one against Kentucky. That was followed by a wild 16-13 win in game two where Stephanie Pellerito delivered a pinch-hit two-run home run in the eighth inning for the Hoosiers.

    Redshirt senior Tory Yamaguchi has been a terror at the plate throughout her career in Bloomington. In her three previous seasons, Yamaguchi slugged 33 home runs and has four this season for a total of 37 round trippers, leaving her just one home runs short of the all-time mark of 38 set by Monica Armendarez (1999-98).

    Each season, the native of Woodland Hills, Calif., has increased her home run total. After hitting 10 as a redshirt freshman in 2004, she followed that up with 11 in 2005 before hitting 12 in 2007. That total from a year ago tied two other Hoosiers for the third most in a single season in IU history. The all-time single season record is 16 set by Michelle Venturella in 1994.

    Jennilee Huddleston also moved into the top 10 on the career home list with her 11th career dinger at the Frost Classic in Chattanooga, Tenn. The opposite field shot was her first of the season and moved her to with in one of Amy Lonigro's 12 career home runs.



    With all the runs scored in the Hoosiers win over Kentucky on April 1, one might wonder when the last time the Hoosier bats were that potent in a game? A glance into the media guide shows it was not that long ago that the Hoosiers and their opponent both reach double figures in runs in the same game. The most recent occurrence was when Hoosiers and Oklahoma Sooners tied 11-11 on Feb. 17, 2006, in Norman, Okla. Prior to that the last time was March 21, 1977 when Indiana defeated Rutgers in the season opener, 18-11. And the third and final time it happened was the season opener in 1974 when Indiana fell to Northern Illinois, 13-11.

    The last time Indiana scored at least 16 runs came on March 28, 1986 at Northeast Louisiana, a 18-0 Hoosier win in the second game of a doubleheader. Game one also went to Indiana by a score of 13-3.

    In game two of a doubleheader at Kentucky on April Fools day, the Hoosiers and Wildcats played one of the wildest games in recent memory for both teams. The teams combined for 30 hits and 29 runs over eight innings with the Hoosiers coming out on top, 16-13. With offensive numbers like that in one game, there were a number of highlights in the box score.

    The first that jumps out is the five RBI by Tory Yamaguchi, the 11th time in IU softball history a player has recorded five RBI. The Indiana single-game record is 7 RBI set by Monica Armendarez in 1996.

    Junior shortstop Emily Bergeson also had herself a day at the plate, reaching base in each of her six plate appearances in game two. She reached via base hit twice and then drew walks in the other four appearances to become just the third Hoosier to drew four walks in a game.

    Stephanie Pellerito was inserted as a pinch-hitter in the top of the eighth inning for Julia Hamilton and delivered in a big way, drilling a two-run homer to center field to give IU a 15-13 lead. Freshman catcher Brittany Stein also got in the home run act in the top of the fifth with her first career home run, a solo shot to left center to tie the game at 9-9.

    The Minnesota Golden Gophers begin play this week with a 19-10 overall record and 2-2 mark in Big Ten play. They opened conference play with a two-game sweep of the Michigan State Spartans and then dropped two to the Northwestern Wildcats. In the first game against Northwestern, the Gophers were tied 2-2 going into the seventh when the Wildcats got a walk-off three-run homer.

    At the plate, Minnesota has five players hitting over .300, led by Colleen Conway's .354 average with 34 hits and 22 runs scored. The Gophers have hit just 11 home runs this season but have six players with 11 or more RBIs.

    The pitching staff is led by Briana Hassett, who has a 13-4 record with seven shutouts to her credit already this season. She has 158 strikeouts in 112.1 innings to just 40 walks. Katie Dalen has started 13 games and has a 4.73 ERA as the only other pitcher to see action for Minnesota this season.

    The Badgers will be playing their first home games of the season this week with a doubleheader against Loyola on Wednesday. They will be the start of 11 straight home games at Goodman Diamond. Wisconsin begins play this week with a 10-25 overall record and a 0-4 slate in Big Ten Conference games after being swept by Northwestern and Michigan State.

    Joey Daniels is top-hitting Badger, bringing a .275 average into the week with two home runs and seven RBI. However, Daniels has a .468 on-base percentage after drawing 18 walks and being hit by 15 pitches so far in 2008. Lynn Anderson has provided the power in the Wisconsin lineup with her sixth home runs and 13 batted in.

    In the circle for UW, Leah Vanevenhoven and Letty Olivarez have identical 4-12 records and have pitched almost the same number of innings, 107.0 and 99.0, respectively.


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