April 15, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
The Indiana softball team will welcome the Ball State Cardinals to the IU Softball Field on Tuesday for a non-conference battle starting at 4 p.m. The Hoosiers (12-27, 2-8 Big Ten) will be looking to continue the momentum from a one-hit shutout on Saturday against Ohio State by junior pitcher Monica Wright. Meanwhile, Ball State (27-21, 5-5 MAC) is coming off a key road win over Miami (Ohio), with Tiffany Garofano striking out eight on her way to her ninth win of the season.
In the first meeting this year, ...
Ball State pulled out a 4-2 win against Indiana on March 11 in Tampa, Fla., at the USF Spring Break Tournament. The Cardinals scored twice in the second inning off IU starting pitcher Sara Olson. Indiana responded with a run in the third inning when Stephanie Pellerito doubled down the right field line to start the inning. Pinch-runner Kelli Ritchison then advanced to third on a single by Jennifer Glueckert and came in to score on a sacrifice fly by Emily Bergeson. The Cardinals added two more in the fifth to take a 4-1 lead but IU responded again in the sixth inning when Brittany Stein picked up her first career RBI, driving in Jennilee Huddleston who drilled a one-out triple. But that is as close as the Hoosiers would get the final two innings.
Sara Olson took the loss, despite allowing just two hits, as she was done in by eight walks in 4.1 innings of work. Jennifer Moore came on in relief and surrendered just one hit in 2.2 innings to keep the Hoosiers within reach at the end.
Indiana now holds a 38-28 lead in the all-time series with Ball State, but Ball State has won the last two meetings. Prior to that, the Hoosiers had won four of the previous five dating back to 2003.
It's Good To Be Home
Senior Tory Yamaguchi got off to a slow start for the Hoosiers this year but has turned it on since the Hoosiers returned to the Midwest in late March. The career .296 hitter is batting .326 in the 17 games the Hoosiers have played following trips to California, Tennessee and Florida to start the season. In those games, she has four home runs, 15 RBI and a team-high .674 slugging percentage. Through the first 22 games to start the season, the native of Woodland Hills, Calif., was hitting .145 with one home run and a .218 slugging percentage.
Another Hoosier that has excelled after returning to the Midwest is senior center fielder Julia Hamilton. She began the year by hitting .138 and had an on-base percentage of .211 while being moved around the lineup to try to find a spot where she was comfortable. That all changed when the Hoosiers got back home and played more games in the Midwest. She has hit .333 with an on-base percentage of .424 over the last 17 games, including a handful of multi-hit games.
At The Top Of The List
Yamaguchi's five home runs give her 38 for her career, tying her with Monica Armendarez for the top spot on Indiana's career home run list. The tying home run came against Ohio State on Friday, April 11 when she deposited a pitch over the right field fence to tie the game at 1-1.
She has also joined elite company on the RBI list, where she currently has 20 on the season and 100 for her career. The career total makes her just the fourth player in IU history to hit the century mark, joining Michelle Venturella (153), Monica Armendarez (146) and Meg Montgomery (127).
It's All Wright
The junior pitcher from Morrison, Ill., threw all 21 innings last week for Indiana and posted a 2-1 record, with the lone loss coming in heartbreaking fashion against Ohio State. In the first game of the week, at Indiana State, Wright shutdown the Sycamore bats to the tune of one run on seven hits with six strikeouts. Then on Friday, April 11, against Ohio State, she had the game in control but made one mistake to the Buckeyes' Sam Marder and she made her pay with the go-ahead home run to give OSU the win. But Wright bounced back the next day and tossed a one-hitter against the Buckeyes to get the 4-0 win.
She is yet another Hoosier that has excelled the last 17 games, picking up seven win in 12 decisions. She has also gone the distance in eight of her 10 starts and has two shutouts.