Hoosiers Take On Louisville In Final Non-Conference Game

    Go Hoosiers! Stephanie Pellerito hit one of four Hoosier home runs on Sunday at Michigan State.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Stephanie Pellerito hit one of four Hoosier home runs on Sunday at Michigan State.
    Go Hoosiers!

    April 23, 2008

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana softball team will take on the Louisville Cardinals for the second time this season on Wednesday at the IU Softball Field at 4 p.m. The Cardinals claimed a 9-3 win the first meeting while the Hoosiers will look to use the momentum from a 9-7 win at Michigan State on Sunday.

    The Louisville Cardinals will be making their second trip to the IU Softball Field this year. On March 21, the Cardinals defeated Indiana, 9-3, as part of the IU Classic. The Hoosiers took an early 2-0 lead through two innings but Louisville scored one in the third and then broke it open with eight tallies in the sixth inning.

    Melissa Roth is the top hitter for Louisville with a .373 average and 18 doubles. Chelsea Bemis is the top run producer of the Cardinals, blasting five home runs and driving 43.

    In the circle, Kristin Wadwell is 13-11 and has five shutouts to her credit in 24 starts to go along with a 2.24 ERA. Kassie Stanfill got the win in the first meeting between the teams this season. She comes in with a 9-6 record in 99.0 innings of work.

    The Hoosiers are coming off a rousing win at Michigan State in game two of a doubleheader, 9-7. Indiana trailed 6-2 going to the sixth inning, but the Hoosiers broke through for seven runs over the final two innings to get the win.

    Emily Bergeson started the rally with a leadoff home run in the sixth and was followed two batters later by a two-run shot off the bat of Stephanie Pellerito to bring the Hoosiers to within a run with three outs left.

    In the seventh, Jennilee Huddleston ledoff the inning with a solo shot, the 13th home run of her career to give her sole posession of ninth place on the all-time list at Indiana. Tory Yamaguchi stepped in with runners at second and third later in the inning and delivered with a double to right center field that scored both runs to give the Hoosiers a two-run cushion. Brittany Devitt then laced a single to center field that brough Yamaguchi around as an added insurance run going to the bottom of the seventh.



    Entering the game today, there are two Hoosiers nearing the 100 mark for their careers. Senior centerfielder Julia Hamilton needs just one hit to reach the century mark while junior Shortstop Emily Bergeson is just three away. These two will join Jennilee Huddleston and Tory Yamaguchi as the only active players to have more than 100 hits in their careers in Bloomington.

    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).

    In Sunday's game two in over the Spartans, the Hoosiers clubbed four home runs in a game for the second time this season. The first time they did it was on April 1 at Kentucky when Stephanie Pellerito, Emily Bergeson, Tory Yamaguchi and Brittany Stein all went deep in the Hoosiers 16-13 win in eight innings over the Wildcats.

    Sunday's game saw Bergeson and Pellerito contribute once again, as they were joined by Brittany Devitt and Jennilee Huddleston in the home run category. And with the win, the Hoosiers improve to 3-1 this season when hitting two or more home runs and 6-0 when scoring six or more runs in a game this season.

    While senior catcher Tory Yamaguchi is continuing her climb to the top of the all-time home run list, she has also been rock solid behind the plate, especially when it comes to throwing runners out. This season, the native of Woodland Hills, Calif., has set a career high in runners caught stealing with 14. That total places her third in the Big Ten behind Ohio State's Sam Marder (18) and Wisconsin's Joey Daniels (16). Her previous career high came in her freshman season when she threw out 12 runners.

    In game one of the doubleheader at Michigan State, senior third baseman Jennilee Huddleston laced her 38th career double into right center, moving her into a three-way tie for fifth on the career doubles list at Indiana. She is tied with Mary Haslinger and Pam Lee for fifth, two behind Brooke Monroe's career total of 40.

    Louisville holds a 7-3 lead in the all-time series between the two schools, including a 9-3 win this season at the IU Softball Field as part of the IU Classic on March 21. In that game, Indiana took an early 2-0 lead before the Cardinals got one back in the third and then tacked on eight runs in the top of the sixth inning to break the game wide open.


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