Hoosiers Face Purdue to Close Softball Season

    Go Hoosiers! Senior Christy Wahl is one of four Hoosier seniors wrapping up her career this weekend.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Senior Christy Wahl is one of four Hoosier seniors wrapping up her career this weekend.
    Go Hoosiers!

    May 4, 2007

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    Opponent: Purdue
    Date: May 5, 2007
    Location: West Lafayette, Ind.
    Facility: Varsity Softball Complex
    Date: May 6, 2007
    Location: Bloomington, Ind.
    Facility: IU Softball Field
    Series Record: IU, 24-22

    The Hoosiers will close out the season against the rival Purdue Boilermakers on Saturday, May 5, and Sunday, May 6. Saturday's contest will take place in West Lafayette, while Sunday's game be played in Bloomington. Sunday's contest will be IU's season finale and will serve as Senior Day for Indiana seniors Heather Hohs, Kim Richards, Rachel Terry and Christy Wahl and manager Jacqueline Keultjes.

    This weekend's contests are worth a combined one point in the AT&T Crimson & Gold Cup, the annual all-sports competition between Indiana and Purdue. Each game is worth half a point in the Cup standings, which currently see the Hoosiers and Boilermakers tied at 8.5 points apiece. Only softball and the Big Ten Championships in men's outdoor track and field and women's outdoor track and field remain on the docket between the archrivals, with one point on the line for each sport. Indiana has won the Crimson &?Gold Cup in each of the previous two years.

    Indiana comes into the weekend series with Purdue on a five-game losing streak after splitting a doubleheader with Kentucky on April 25 and dropping two games each to Penn State and Ohio State last weekend.

    Against the Nittany Lions on Friday, April 27, IU jumped on the board first, but fell 4-1. Junior Julia Hamilton led off the game with her third triple of the season, then came in on sophomore Emily Bergeson's sacrifice fly to deep left. PSU?tied with a pair of hits in the second inning, then scored a pair of unearned runs in the third to go ahead for good. The Lions added another run on a solo home run in the fourth.

    Indiana never got on track against Penn State the following day, as the Lions scored five runs in the third inning and nine in the fourth en route to a 14-1 win in five innings. IU's lone highlight came in the fourth inning, when Jennilee Huddleston rapped a one-out double, moved to third on a Sarah Padove single and scored on senior Rachel Terry's sac fly to right. The Hoosiers then dropped a doubleheader to league-leading Ohio State the following day, falling by a 5-2 count in game one and a 9-0 score in game two.

    The Buckeyes broke open a scoreless game with a three-run third inning in game one, but Indiana battled back to within a run. Padove got things going in the fourth with a one-out double, and after pinch-runner Kelli Ritchison moved to third on a groundout, junior Tory Yamaguchi brought her in with a single through the right side. Yamaguchi and Padove teamed up again in the sixth to draw the Hoosiers within a run, as Padove reached on an error to lead off, moved to third on a groundout and a wild pitch, and trotted home on Yamaguchi's single to left. Ohio State would counter with two runs in its half of the inning to restore its three-run lead.

    Game two got away early, as OSU scored a pair of runs in the first and added another in the second for an early 3-0 lead. The Buckeyes added two more runs in the fourth, then put the game out of reach with a four-run fifth. Indiana was held to just one hit in the contest, a leadoff single by Hamilton in the bottom of the first.

    Huddleston leads IU with a .333 batting average, a .394 on-base percentage, 15 doubles and 27 runs scored, while Yamaguchi paces the squad with 12 home runs, 32 RBIs and a .611 slugging percentage. Hamilton leads IU with 17 stolen bases in 19 attempts.

    In the circle, sophomore Monica Wright is 14-18 with a 3.82 ERA. She has pitched a team-high 231 innings and has struck out 144.

    The Boilermakers enter the weekend series with an overall record of 30-31-1 and an 8-9 mark in the Big Ten. Purdue was also swept last weekend by Ohio State, but took both games of its doubleheader against Penn State.

    Against the Buckeyes on April 27, Purdue jumped out to a 5-0 lead after two innings, but could not stave off a comeback by the league leaders, falling 7-5. Ashley Hall hit a solo home run and DaQueta Johnson had an RBI double in a three-run first inning for the Boilers. PU would make it 5-0 in the second on Katie Mitchell`s two-run homer, but OSU picked up four runs in third and capped the comeback with three more in the fifth.

    The following day's contest was all Ohio State, as the Boilers were held to just two hits in an 8-0 loss. The Buckeyes again used the big inning to get the win, scoring five in the third and three more in the fifth.

    Purdue got back on track on Sunday, April 29, taking game one of the doubleheader with the Nittany Lions, 1-0, and game two, 2-1. Freshman Kelsey Haupert provided all the offense in game one with a solo home run in the fourth, while Brooke Baker pitched a five-hitter for her 10th shutout of the season. With game two tied at 1 entering the bottom of the sixth, PU got the go-ahead run when Hall scored from third on a wild pitch. Hall paces the Purdue offense with a .392 average on the season, while Mitchell leads the squad with 14 home runs and 49 RBIs. Baker is 23-16 in the circle, and boasts a 2.32 ERA to go with 162 strikeouts.

    In a series that dates back to 1974, Indiana leads Purdue by a 24-22 count. However, since becoming a varsity program in 1994, Purdue holds a slim 14-12 advantage. The Hoosiers swept last year's two meetings between the squads.

    The Hoosiers swept Purdue to close the regular season and clinch a spot in the Big Ten Championship last season. IU took a 7-0 win on May 6 in Bloomington and completed the sweep with a 5-2 win in West Lafayette the next day.

    In the first game, the Hoosiers got the only offense they would need in the second inning. Rachel Terry led off with a solo home run, and IU?added another score on a Kari Bettenbrock sacrifice fly. Indiana added a run in the fourth before putting the game out of reach with four more in the sixth. Terry finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored to lead the Hoosiers, while Mariangee Bogado and Megan Roarke combined on the two-hit shutout.

    Game two saw Indiana jump out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, when Julia Hamilton reached on walk and eventually scored on a Purdue error. The Hoosiers padded their lead with a three-run fifth, as Kim Richards drew a bases-loaded walk and Terry followed with a two-run single to put IU?up 4-0. Purdue closed the gap in the sixth, using a two-run home runs by DaQueta Johnson to cut the Hoosiers' lead in half. Jennilee Huddleston led off the top of the seventh with a solo home run to give IU?some breathing room, and the Boilermakers were unable to score in the bottom half despite getting a pair of hits. Bogado again picked up the win, striking out the final two batters of the contest after getting in trouble with one out.

    Sophomore Sarah Padove is hitting .356 in Big Ten play, by far the best mark on the team. Since returning from a broken nose suffered on March 17, the Hammond, Ind., native is batting .355 with six doubles in 22 games. Padove was hitting just .229 prior to her injury, but since her return, has raised her average 71 points to an even .300 on the season.

    Freshman Kristin King earned her first career starts on Wednesday, April 25, starting both games of a doubleheader against Kentucky in left field. At the dish, King went a combined 0-for-4 with a walk and a sacrifice bunt, while she was perfect in the field with a pair of putouts in as many opportunities.

    Indiana won nine straight games from March 10-17, its longest streak since winning 16 in a row in 1994. The school record for consecutive wins is 18, which IU set from March 23-April 12, 1983.

    A model of consistency, junior Jennilee Huddleston has reached base in 40 of Indiana's last 42 games. She had an 11-game hitting streak during the span, and reached base in 21 consecutive contests before Iowa kept her off the basepaths on March 31. For the season, Huddleston has been on base in 47 of the Hoosiers' 53 contests.

    Junior Jennilee Huddleston has been in the starting lineup for every Indiana game this season, making her the only Hoosier player to start all 53 games. Huddleston has manned the hot corner for 52 of those contests, while earning one start at short. Huddleston started all 56 games last season, with 54 coming at third and two at short, and started at short in 27 of the 28 games in which she appeared as a freshman in 2005. A starter from the beginning of her rookie season, Huddleston's 2005 campaign was cut short by injury. Overall, she has started 109 straight games, and 136 of her 137 career contests.

    Junior Julia Hamilton matched the school record for stolen bases in a single game with three swipes against Quinnipiac at the USF Spring Break Tournament on March 13. Hamilton reached base five times in the contest, going 3-for-4 with a walk and reaching on an error. The Lincolnshire, Ill., native stole second in the first, fourth and sixth innings to equal a record she also matched as a freshman in 2005. Hamilton has stolen 17 bases this season in 19 tries.

    Indiana batters have been solid in the clutch, going 15-for-52 with the bases loaded, good for a .288 batting average. Sophomore Stephanie Pellerito owns the Hoosiers' only grand slam on the season, while classmate Emily Bergeson is hitting at an impressive .667 clip with four hits in six at-bats with the bases juiced. Junior Julia Hamilton has recorded hits in two of her three (.667) bases-loaded opportunities, while junior Tory Yamaguchi is 4-for-7 (.571) with the bags full. Senior Kim Richards has had the most opportunities with the bases loaded, as she has come to the plate in that situation 10 times, recording two hits.

    Junior Tory Yamaguchi hit her career-high 12th home run of the season on April 18, giving her 33 for her career, good for second on IU's all-time list. Only Monica Armendarez, who hit 38 from 1995-98, has hit more homers for IU than Yamaguchi. Yamaguchi is also moving up the single-season home run list, as her latest dinger moved her into a tie for third.

    Senior Kim Richards sits eighth with 20 career home runs, just one back seventh place, while classmate Rachel Terry is ninth with 15 for her career. Junior Jennilee Huddleston is 11th with 10 career jacks.

    Richards has also moved into the top 10 in career doubles this season, as she now has 36 to her credit to stand eighth. Aimee Lonigro (1994-97) is seventh with 37 doubles during her career.

    With her swipe of second against Louisville on Wednesday, April 4, junior Julia Hamilton moved into sole possession of eighth place on IU's career steals list with 40. She now has 43 to her credit, and needs one more to match Kelli Brandt (1994-97) for seventh.

    The Hoosiers are 12-2 this season when scoring six or more runs, including a perfect 6-0 when scoring exactly six. Indiana's lone setbacks when scoring at least six runs came on March 8, when IU lost to No. 19 Georgia Tech, 16-8, and on April 8, when the Hoosiers dropped a 14-7 contest to No. 8 Northwestern. IU has scored 10 runs four times this season, winning each time by at least eight.

    While Indiana has had success when the bats are hot, the same cannot be said when the offense isn't clicking. The Hoosiers are just 4-24 this season when scoring two or fewer runs, and have been shut out 11 times on the year. IU has picked up a pair of 1-0 wins on the season, a 2-1 victory over Illinois-Chicago on March 23 and a 2-0 win over Evansville on April 18 for its only four wins when tallying two or fewer runs.

    Indiana has hit 38 home runs in 53 games this season, good for second on the Hoosiers' all-time single-season list. IU set the single-season mark last season with 40, and has put itself in position to challenge that number this year. Five IU players have at least two home runs on the season, with junior Tory Yamaguchi leading the way with 12.

    Junior Jennilee Huddleston and senior Rachel Terry have etched their names into the IU?record book this season, becoming the fifth and sixth players, respectively, to hit at least two home runs in the same game for Indiana. Huddleston hit a pair of home runs against Chattanooga on March 18, while Terry joined the elite club with two against Illinois on April 1. Only Monica Armendarez, Brooke Monroe, Michelle Venturella and Kim Richards had hit at least two home runs in the same game in an IU?uniform prior to this season.

    Juniors Jennilee Huddleston and Tory Yamaguchi have hit back-to-back home runs twice this season. The duo first turned the trick in the top of the fourth against Southern Illinois on Feb. 16, then went yard consecutively again against Chattanooga in the top of the seventh on March 18.

    The Hoosiers have fared well against left-handed pitching this season, hitting .374 (40-for-107) against southpaws as a team. Every IU player with at least four at-bats against a lefty has at least one hit on the season, and only three Indiana players total are without a hit against a left-hander. Junior Jennilee Huddleston has done the most damage, as she is 8-for-12 (.667) against lefties on the year. Junior Janetta Deaven and sophomore Emily Bergeson are both 4-for-7 (.571) against lefties, while Kari Bettenbrock is 3-for-4 (.750) against left-handed pitching.

    Sophomore Stephanie Pellerito hit a grand slam to propel Indiana to a 6-2 win over Ball State on March 4. Pellerito was playing just her second game of the season, getting the starting nod after an injury to Emily Bergeson the day before. In her very next at-bat, against Massachusetts on March 8, Pellerito went deep again, this time with a solo shot to lead off the third.

    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, pinch-hit 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. Turner got the call to pinch-hit again on April 1 in game one of a doubleheader with Illinois, and responded with an RBI double to spoil the Illini's shutout. Her clutch performance earned her the starting nod in game two, and Turner responded with a sacrifice fly and a walk.

    The Hoosiers have eight teams on the 2007 schedule that have appeared in both major polls this season. 2007 IU opponents Georgia Tech, Louisville, LSU, Massachusetts, South Florida, Southern Illinois, Northwestern and Michigan have all been ranked in both the USA Today/NFCA and Softball Top 25 polls at some point in the season.

    Junior Jennilee Huddleston heated up under the Florida sun during the Hoosiers' spring break trip, hitting .429 over the 17 games with 10 runs scored and 17 RBIs. Huddleston hit safely in 13 of the 17 contests, and reached base in all but one. As a team, Indiana hit .295 for the trip, raising its batting average 69 points in little more than a week.




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