Softball

    HILLENBRAND SOFTBALL INVITATIONAL

    Go Hoosiers!
    Go Hoosiers!

    Go Hoosiers!
    March 1, 2000

    HILLENBRAND SOFTBALL INVITATIONAL

    Tournament Data

    Indiana will travel to Tucson, Arizona to compete in the Hillenbrand Softball Invitational at Hillenbrand Stadium. The tournament begins on Friday, March 3 and runs through Sunday, March 5. Seven teams will compete in five scheduled games throughout the weekend.

    Tournament Schedule

    Friday
    8:00 a.m. St. Peters College vs. Northwestern
    10:00 a.m. Indiana vs. Tulsa
    12:00 p.m. Oregon State vs. Northwestern State
    2:00 p.m. St. Peters College vs. Northwestern State
    4:00 p.m. Indiana vs. Oregon State
    6:00 p.m. Arizona vs. Tulsa
    8:00 p.m. Arizona vs. Northwestern

    Saturday
    8:00 a.m. St. Peters College vs. Indiana
    10:00 a.m. Tulsa vs. Oregon State
    12:00 p.m. Arizona vs. St. Peters College
    2:00 p.m. Northwestern State vs. Indiana
    4:00 p.m. Northwestern State vs. Northwestern
    6:00 p.m. Northwestern vs. Tulsa
    8:00 p.m. St. Peters College vs. Oregon State

    Sunday
    8:00 a.m. Oregon State vs. Northwestern
    10:00 a.m. Tulsa vs. St. Peters College
    12:00 p.m. Arizona vs. Indiana
    2:00 p.m. Arizona vs. Northwestern State

     

    The Opponents

    Tulsa: Lori Castellano coaches The Golden Hurricanes. Last season, they compiled a 12-29 overall record and went 7-13 in the Western Athletic Conference. Indiana is 1-1 versus Tulsa, including their last meeting in 1999 when the Golden Hurricanes defeated the Hoosiers 4-2 at the Missouri Invitational. Website: www.utulsaathletics.com

    Oregon State: The Beavers are coached by Kirk Walker who led Oregon State to a 47-25 overall record and a 14-14 Pac-10 record in 1999. Indiana is 1-0 against Oregon State as the Hoosiers defeated the Beavers 2-1 in the AIAW College World Series in 1979. Website: www.osubeavers.com

    St. Peters College: SPC is coached by Ron DeRogatis. Last season, the Peahens went 31-20 overall and finished 2nd in the MAAC with a record of 12-4. This will be the first meeting between the Hoosiers and the Peahens. Website: www.spc.edu

    Northwestern State: Gay McNutt led the Demons to a 31-26 overall record and a 19-7-1 Southland conference record in 1999. This will be the first meeting between the Hoosiers and the Demons. Website: www.nsudemons.com

    Arizona: The Wildcats are coached by Mike Candrea who is in his 15th year as head coach. Arizona competed the 1999 schedule 53-16 overall and 19-9 in the Pac-10. The Hoosiers are 2-2 against the Wildcats. In their last meeting, in 1987, the Wildcats defeated the Hoosiers 4-3 at the Houston Classic.

    Last Weekend

    The Hoosiers went 1-4 in the USF-Gladstones Tournament in Tampa, Fla. Indiana started off the weekend with a 4-3 loss to Auburn. Later in the day, the Hoosiers lost 4-0 to No. 22 South Carolina. On Saturday, Indiana defeated Kent State 6-5 on a three-run homerun by Brooke Monroe in the bottom of the seventh. Sunday, Indiana lost to South Florida 4-2 and then lost a hard fought game to No. 9 Michigan 4-0. Indiana shutout Michigan in the first four innings, not allowing them a hit until the fifth inning.

    Monroe's Yard

    Sophomore Brooke Monroe hit a three-run homerun with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to defeat Kent State 6-5. Last season, Monroe led the team with five homeruns and 29 RBI's.

    The .300 Club

    Three Hoosiers are batting over .300 so far this season. Freshman Stormy Hanson leads the way with a .375 average. Senior Teresa Martinez has a .364 average and Freshman Heather Suca is at .300.

    Stealing The Show

    Last weekend, Indiana made the most of each runner on base as the Hoosiers went 8-8 (1.000) on stolen bases. Leading the way was Senior Sheri Savko who had three stolen bases. Sophomore Monique Bullock had two steals. Seniors Monica Zahasky and Staci Meek and freshman Lisa Mattke all had one steal each.

    Game Results

    Complete game results will be made available on the web at www.athletics.indiana.edu following the event. They can be viewed and printed out by choosing softball from the main menu. Weekly updates and season best lists can be obtained at www.athletics.indiana.edu all season long.

    The Coaches

    Diane Stephenson begins her 13th season as head coach for the Hoosiers. She has produced winning records in seven of her 12 seasons. Stephenson has accumulated a 359-307-3 (.539) career record, including a 150-149 (.502) record in Big Ten play. Her team made the NCAA Mideast Regional in 1994 and finished with a record of 49-16.

    Assisting Stephenson will be Donna Bonebrake, now in her 5th season, and newcomer Jen McIntyre. McIntyre comes to Indiana from Penn State where she played third base for the Nittany Lions.

    Coaches' Outlook

    Indiana head softball coach Diane Stephenson:
    "I think we can go down there (Arizona) and be competitive. We're not worried as much about winning or losing. We just want to continue to get better. We are going to get better from week to week. Sometimes we focus too much on our win-loss record in the pre-season. Right now, we just want to compete, get better and learn to make adjustments. Our kids made a lot of progress from Friday to Sunday, and I think we'll see more of that this weekend in Arizona."

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