HILLENBRAND SOFTBALL INVITATIONAL
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.
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
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
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
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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