Indiana Set To Open 2009 Season At Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament
Feb. 4, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana softball team will start the 2009 season this weekend when they travel to the campus of UCLA for the Stacy Winsberg Memorial tournament in Los Angeles, Calif. It will also mark the first game as Indiana head coach for Michelle Gardner and her staff.
Indiana vs. San Diego State, 12pm ET
Indiana vs. Cal State Fullerton, 9pm ET
Saturday, Feb. 7
Indiana vs. Pacific, 5pm ET
Indiana at UCLA, 10pm ET
Audio for the Indiana vs. UCLA game can be accessed by clicking the following link: Indiana vs. UCLA Audio
Sunday, Feb. 8
Indiana vs. Cal Poly, 2:30pm ET
THE LAST TIME...
Here is a look at Indiana's all-time record against the teams they will play this weekend at the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament:
San Diego State 1-4
Cal State Fullerton 0-2
University of the Pacific First Meeting
Cal Poly 0-1
Indiana will be under new guidance in 2009 as head coach Michelle Gardner enters her first season in Bloomington after spending the previous six at the University of Nevada. She posted an overall record of 187-176 with the Wolfpack and led them to a pair of appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including last season when she led the Wolfpack to a pair of wins over Purdue at the UCLA regional. For their efforts last year at Nevada, Gardner and her staff received the NFCA West Region Coaching Staff of the Year award, given annually to the best coaching staff in each region. What makes that even more remarkable is that she did that after starting the program from scratch in 2003 after the university decided to re-institute softball after a 14-year hiatus.
ROUNDING OUT THE STAFF
To complete her coaching staff, Gardner brought in a pair of coaches with Big Ten ties as well as being named two-time All-Americans during their playing days.
Amanda Rivera joins the Hoosiers after spending the 2008 season with the North Carolina State Wolfpack, who advanced all the way to the ACC Tournament title game before falling to Virginia Tech. Rivera graduated from the University of Illinois-Chicago in 2004 where she received All-America accolades as a freshman and senior while setting numerous batting records for the Flames. From there she would go on to be a volunteer assistant coach at Northwestern University and helped the Wildcats to an appearance in the 2006 College World Series.
Christy Hebert, a 1997 graduate of the University of Iowa, was a two-time All-American at shortstop for the Hawkeyes under hall of fame head coach Gayle Blevins. Hebert quickly advanced up the coaching ladder and was named head coach at Norther Iowa in 1999 and would hold that position for five seasons.
And the volunteer assistant coach this season is a familiar face to the IU softball progam, Tory Yamaguchi. She is the all-time leader in home runs at Indiana and sits in the top five in career RBI's as well. She earned second team All-Big Ten after a stellar freshman year and continued to be a leader for the Hoosiers despite some setbacks while wearing the Cream and Crimson.
A COACHING FIRST
In addition to those ranked in the top 25, there are an additional eight teams that are also receiving votes in both of the polls.
And digging a little deeper, there are 15 teams on the 2009 slate that made an appearance in the 2008 NCAA Tournament led by UCLA, who advanced all the way to the 2008 Women's College World Series.
Hobbs is a dependable pitcher from the University of Evansville while Stander is an lighting-quick outfielder that played in 54 games for the University of Tennessee last season.
The highlight of the season for Bergeson would have to be when she put her name among the elite players in IU softball history by clubbing three home runs in one game against Illinois.
Monica Wright is the leading returner in the circle after tossing 182.1 innings and starting 26 games last year as a junior. Also returning to the circle for the Hoosiers are Sara Olson (89.1 IP and 14 starts) and Alyssa Maiese (21.2 IP and 5 starts).
Joining the pitching staff as a senior this year is Ashley Hobbs, who transferred in from the University of Evansville. In her first three seasons with the Aces, Hobbs tossed a total of 408.1 innings and started 52 games while posting a 27-24 record with an ERA of 2.61.
Sara Olson, currently a sophomore infielder/pitcher for the Hoosiers, appeared as one of the "Faces in the Crowd" in the June 9th edition of Sports Illustrated. Olson was selected to appear in the magazine after her amazing weekend at the plate and in the circle for the Hoosiers April 26-28.
In the first game of the weekend against Illinois, Olson hit a walk-off grand slam, her first career home run, giving the Hoosiers a 6-3 win. The next day, Olson delivered a two-run single in the seventh inning as the Hoosiers rallied from a five-run deficit to force extra innings.
In the doubleheader on Sunday against Iowa, Olson once again played a key role in the sweep of the Hawkeyes. In game one, she was a one-person wrecking crew, crushing a three-run home run to provide the offense and tossing a complete game in the circle to get the win in the 3-2 game.
Game two saw Olson brought in to start the seventh inning with the Hoosiers holding onto a 3-2 lead. The freshman promptly retired the Hawkeyes in order to earn her first career save and keep the Hoosiers in contention for the Big Ten Tournament.
The Venezuelan team that she was leading was the first-ever women's team of any kind to compete in the Olympics representing Venezuela and she certainly left her mark.
After opening the Games with a loss to the United States, Bogado earned a one-hit shutout victory over the Netherlands for the first win in softball in Olympic history for Venezuela. She allowed just one walk while striking out three to get the win. She backed that up with another shutout victory the following day, a 2-0 triumph over Canada by allowing just five hits.
Bogado was largely responsible for getting Venezuela to the Games in the first place, as she tossed a no-hitter against Puerto Rico in the America's Qualifier final to earn the eighth and final spot in the Olympics.
Her career ran from 2004-06 in the Cream and Crimson and she was able to climb towards the top of numerous pitching records. She went out with a bang, striking out 299 batters, the second-most in a single season in IU history. In her career, she fanned 569 which is good for fourth on the all-time list.
They opened the schedule with a rout of the University of Southern Indiana and then came back two weeks later and defeated Indiana State on the Sycamore's home field thanks to superb pitching from senior Monica Wright and freshman Alyssa Maiese. In the second game of the tournament at Indiana State, the Hoosiers saw themselves trailing 1-0 to the Butler Bulldogs and the allotted time for the game was running out. Freshman Molly Anderson reached on an error to start the inning and bring up senior Sarah Padove, who was inserted into the lineup as a defensive replacement the inning prior. With time winding down, Padove appeared to be the Hoosiers final hope and she came through in big way, blasting the 2-2 pitch over the fence for a walk-off 2-1 victory for Indiana.
The following weekend, the Hoosiers hosted the IU Fall Classic and picked up an victory over Lake Land College and tied in-state rival Ball State, 4-4. Against Lake Land, sophomore Sara Olson broke a 1-1 tie in the fifth inning with a two-run double to the gap in right-center field which plated the go-ahead runs.
The second game of the tournament saw Indiana jump out to a commanding 4-0 lead on Ball State only to see them rally in the late innings to get the tie. IU jumped out to the early lead thanks again to Olson's bat, as she crushed a towering three-run home run over the scoreboard in left-center field. Freshman Samantha Berenter tacked on the fourth run later in the first on a sac fly.
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