Softball



    Sara Olson  
    Sara Olson

    Hometown:
    Orland Park, Ill.

    High School:
    Carl Sandburg

    Position:
    Student Assistant Coach


    05/11/2012

    Final Regular Season Series Starts Friday at Michigan State

    The Hoosiers will play one game on Friday and a doubleheader on Saturday

    05/04/2012

    Softball Hosts Nebraska For Final Home Series

    The four seniors for IU will be honored prior to Sunday's game

    04/24/2012

    Indiana Welcomes No. 9 Louisville on Wednesday

    It's the final non-conference matchup of the season for the Hoosiers.

    04/07/2012

    Wagner Helps Indiana Wallop Purdue, 9-5

    The junior hit two home runs and drove in four runs on four hits

    02/23/2012

    Hoosiers Trek South For Phyllis Rafter Memorial in Georgia

    04/04/2012

    Coach Gardner talks about a win over No. 20 Michigan and Purdue coming up

    Coach Gardner talks about a win over No. 20 Michigan and Purdue coming up this weekend

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
    • Finished career tied for fifth in career home runs at Indiana (25)
    • Finished career in sixth place on the IU career RBI list (95)

    SENIOR YEAR
    • Named Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Midwest Region First Team
    • Named First Team All-Big Ten at First Base
    • Received the Spirit of Indiana Director's Award - the most prestigious award handed out by the athletic department
    • Was named the team's Co-MVP with Morgan Melloh
    • Her .497 overall on-base percentage was good for fifth in the Big Ten
    • Also led the conference with 19 HBP on the season
    • Her .425 batting average in Big Ten play was the 4th best in the conference
    • Was fifth in conference only games with a .725 slugging percentage
    • Led the conference with a .667 on-base percentage and a 1.392 OPS
    • Paced all conference hitters with 12 HBP in 20 conference games
    • Tied for fifth with 17 walks in conference play
    • Reached base safely in 19 of 20 conference games
    • Hit a pair of home runs at #3 Michigan against All-American Jordan Taylor to lift the Hoosiers to a 5-4 victory in eight innings - the Hoosiers first win over Michigan since 1996

    Played in all 55 games, starting each game ... started at first base in 45 games, as the DP in 10 games and pitched in five games ... led the team with a .331 overall batting average ... also led the team in home runs (8), RBI (35), doubles (9), walks (28), HBP (19) ... committed just three errors to post a fielding percentage of .988 ... posted a .425 batting average and .725 slugging percentage in Big Ten play ... used 17 walks and 12 HBP to aid in her .667 on-base percentage in conference action ... was intentionally walked six times ... tossed 27.2 innings in the circle and recorded a 1.01 ERA with 17 strikeouts and a 3-0 record ... received Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Midwest Region First Team recognition ... also garnered First Team All-Big Ten honors at first base in her first full season at the position ... named Big Ten Player of the Week on April 4, her first career weekly honor from the conference office ... had 14 multi-hit games and six games with two or more RBI ... hit a three-run home run and a double against Nevada ... went 2-for-3 with a RBI against Cal Poly ... also pitched 6.0 innings and allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits and five strikeouts to get the win in the circle ... recorded a RBI double against Texas Tech ... scored a pair of runs and drove in a run with a fielder's choice against UAB while also pitching two innings and allowing one hit and one unearned run ... had two hits including a solo home run against DePaul ... posted a pair of hits against both Ole Miss and South Florida ... lined a RBI single up the middle against San Diego State and drew two walks ... clubbed a pair of doubles against Cal State Fullerton and picked up her second win of the season in the circle, tossing a complete game and giving up two runs (one earned) on four hits ... hit a solo home run against James Madison ... got the start in the circle against Missouri State and gave up one unearned run on two hits in five innings and did not figure in the decision ... came on in relief to record a pair of outs against #10 Oklahoma and allow another unearned run ... nailed a three-run home run and a sac fly to account of four RBI against Arkansas-Pine Bluff ... in game two against UAPB, she went the distance and allowed one run on a solo home run in the seventh inning and gave up just three hits in the contest while fanning six to get her third win ... smacked a two-run home run against Tulsa ... lined a game-winning RBI double to center field against Eastern Michigan ... went 2-for-3 with a double and a RBI against Minnesota ... was an astounding 3-for-3 with two home runs - both off All-American pitcher Jordan Taylor - and accounted for all five RBI in a 5-4 win in eight innings at #3 Michigan ... it was the first victory over Michigan since 1996 for Indiana and the first win in Ann Arbor since 1993 ... went 3-for-4 in the next Big Ten contest at Penn State ... was walked four times in game one against Wisconsin to tie a school single-game record ... crushed a three RBI double in the first game against Illinois ... collected a double and her eighth home run of the season against Iowa ... drew three walks in game one against Northwestern ... had a RBI groundout against Illinois State in the second game of the NCAA Regional in Columbia, Mo ... named Academic All-Big Ten.

    JUNIOR YEAR (2010)
    Played and started in all 48 games with a batting average of .243 and an ERA of 4.29 for the season ... hit 8 home runs for the year to pace the team ... was 3-for-3 at the plate with two home runs and three RBI in the season opener against Wright State (2/14) and also pitched six innings with seven strikeouts against the Raiders ... allowed three runs on three hits in five innings against Boise State to pick up her first win of the year ... went yard against UIC (2/19) and Oregon (2/20) on back-to-back days at the UNLV Classic ... gave up one run on four hits in six innings against Central Arkansas (2/28) to log her second win ... had two hits, including her first career triple, against UC Davis (3/6) ... went the distance in the cirlce, allowing one run on five hits against Cal State Fullerton (3/6) for her third win ... went 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI against Long Island (3/15) ... logged an RBI double against Indiana State (3/30) while also pitching a complete game, surrendering one run on five hits with five strikeouts for her fourth win ... hit her fifth home run of the season against Michigan (4/8) ... fanned six in seven innings against Michigan State (4/10) to pick up her fifth win ... home run number six came against Evansville (4/13) in the first game of a doubleheader ... another seven inning gem against Minnesota gave her six wins and her first shutout of the year ... collected two hits and three RBI including her seventh home run of the season against Illinois (4/28) ... helped the Hoosiers to a win at Purdue with a two-run home run, her eighth of the season ... named Academic All-Big Ten ... also received NFCA Scholar-Athlete recognition.

    SOPHOMORE YEAR (2009)
    Appeared in 48 games and was in the starting lineup for 47 ... made 24 starts in the circle, 15 at first base and 32 at designated player ... named Third Team All-Big Ten as a utility player ... at the plate, she it .228 with six doubles, six home runs and 20 RBI, which was good for second most on the team in all three categories ... in the circle she posted a 3.37 ERA and a 7-14 record in 157.2 innings of work ... threw 14 complete games ... she also became the tenth different pitcher to toss a no-hitter when she held Ohio State (4/8) out of the hit column in game two of a doubleheader ... ... had eight multi-hit games and five games with at least two RBI ... launched a three-run home run against Oregon State (2/28) ... hit another three-run shot against Florida Gulf Coast (3/13) ... followed that up with a grand slam the next day against Hofstra (3/14), her second career grand slam, to match her career high of four RBI ... went 3-for-3 against Wisconsin (3/28) to set a single-game career high in hits ... went deep at Evansville (4/1) for her fourth home run of the year ... was 2-for-3 with a double, home run and three RBI against Ohio State (4/8) ... allowed one unearned run on five hits and eight strikeouts against Michigan State (4/11) to get the win ... gave up one run on three hits in a complete game win over Ball State (4/22) ... pitched 8.0 innings against Indiana State (3/26) and game one against Purdue (5/9) ... in the second game against Purdue (5/9), was 2-for-4 with a towering home run and two RBI ... named NFCA Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten ... also earned the team's Pitcher of the Year award.

    FRESHMAN YEAR (2008)
    Appeared in 24 games in the circle, making 14 starts and throwing four complete games ... finished with a 4.86 ERA in 89.1 innings pitched ... also hit .232 at the plate with three home runs and 16 RBI ... made her first appearance of the season against Connecticut (2/29) and went 3.0 innings, surrendering four hits and two unearned runs ... came on and pitched 3.2 innings of relief to get her first collegiate win against Syracuse (3/8), giving up one run on four hits ... got her second win the next day against Fairfield in her second start of the season ... she pitched 5.1 innings against the Stags and gave up four runs, three earned, on five hits and six strikeouts after having a no-hitter over the first 4.2 innings in the game ... made her third start of the season against Ball State (3/11) and gave up only two hits in 4.1 innings, but her eight walks proved to be her undoing in suffering her second loss of the year ... surrendered just two hits and struck out three in 3.0 innings of scoreless relief work against Boston University (3/12) ... picked up her third hit of the season against Louisville as a pinch-hitter ... threw her first career complete game in the second game of a doubleheader against Penn State (3/30) ... struck out 10 Wisconsin Badgers (4/6) in game two of a doubleheader ... drove in two runs with a single back up the middle in the sixth inning against Ohio State (4/12) to give the Hoosiers a 4-0 win over the Buckeyes ... posted a hit in both games of a doubleheader at Michigan State (4/20) ... hit her first career home run, a walk-off grand slam, against Illinois (4/25) ... laced a two-run single against Illinois (4/26) ... hit the game-winning three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning against No. 25 Iowa (4/27) while also going the distance in the circle to get the win ... came on in game two against No. 25 Iowa (4/27) to log her first career save by sitting the Hawkeyes down in order in the seventh ... in the final game of the season, at Purdue, went 2-for-3 with her third home run of the season to drive in all three IU runs.

    PREP/PERSONAL
    Earned four letters at Carl Sandburg High School ... team finished third in the state as a junior and won the SWSC conference championship ... posted a .600 batting average in eight state playoff games as a junior ... named player of the year by Southtown Newspaper ... earned second team all-state recognition by the Chicago Tribune as a junior ... a member of the National Honor Society ... won three tournaments as a member of the 16U Beverly Bandits prior to her senior year ... named female athlete of the year following her freshman year ... born June 28, 1989 ... daughter of Jeff and Annette Olson ... has one brother, Peter and two sisters, Anna and Lora ... Anna played for Indiana from 2005-08 and Lora has signed a letter of intent to play for the Hoosiers starting in 2012 ... majoring in Recreation Sports Management as well as Parks and Recreation Management with a minor in Tourism Management.

    Year       Avg  GP-GS    AB    R    H  2B  3B  HR  RBI   TB  SLG%  BB HBP  SO GDP   OB%  SF  SH  SB-ATT   PO   A   E  FLD%
    2008....  .232  24-22    56    5   13   2   0   3   16   24  .429   4   0   5   1  .283   0   1   0-0      3  20   3  .885
    2009....  .228  48-47   136    8   31   6   0   6   20   55  .404  10   1  34   0  .282   2   1   0-0    120  47   4  .977
    2010....  .243  48-48   136   12   33   8   1   8   24   67  .493  10   2  24   1  .304   0   1   0-0     71  17   5  .946
    2011....  .331  55-55   136   24   45   9   0   8   35   78  .574  28  19  29   0  .497   2   0   0-0    233  20   3  .988
    TOTAL...  .263 175-172  464   49  122  25   1  25   95  224  .483  52  22  92   2  .362   4   3   0-0    427 104  15  .973

    Year       ERA   W-L   App  GS  CG SHO/CBO  SV     IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO  2B  3B  HR    BF  B/Avg  WP HBP  BK SFA SHA
    2008....  4.86   3-9    24  14   4   0/0     1   89.1  103   78   62   67   69  24   1  10   449   .285   8   8   3   3  9
    2009....  3.37   7-14   35  24  14   1/0     0  157.2  170   97   76   47   95  27   2  29   709   .269   3   4   3   5 20
    2010....  4.29   6-14   30  19   6   1/0     1  106.0  109   98   65   44   66  14   3  19   488   .260   5   7   4   4 13
    2011....  1.01   3-0     6   5   2   0/0     0   27.2   15    9    4   16   17   2   0   2   118   .165   0   3   0   2  6
    TOTAL...  3.81  19-37   95  62  26   2/0     2  380.2  397  282  207  174  247  67   6  60  1764   .264  16  22  10  14 48

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