Softball Kicks Off 40th Season This Weekend

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    Feb. 4, 2013

    Kajikawa Classic
     Dates Feb. 8-10, 2013
     Location Tempe, Ariz.
     Game 1 (Friday) Indiana at No. 4 Arizona State • 9 p.m. ET | GameTracker
     Game 2 (Saturday) Indiana vs. Bradley • 4 p.m. ET | GameTracker
     Game 3 (Saturday) Indiana vs. No. 21 Stanford • 7 p.m. ET | GameTracker
     Game 4 (Saturday) Indiana vs. No. 3 Cal • 1 p.m. ET | GameTracker
     Game 5 (Sunday) Indiana vs. Portland State • 3:30 p.m. ET | GameTracker
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    The Indiana University softball team will enter its 40th season when it opens up the 2013 campaign this spring. In the program's 39-year existance, the Hoosiers have posted an all-time record of 971-904-2. Indiana has won three Big Ten Titles (1983, 1986, 1994) and have appeared in the Women's College World Series four times (1979-5th, 1980-2nd, 1983-7th, 1986-3rd). The Hoosiers have had a player earn first team All-Big Ten honors 37 times and have produced one Big Ten Player of the Year, three B1G Pitchers of the Year and 14 All-Americans.

    Indiana kicks off its 40th season at the Kajikawa Classic, hosted by Arizona State in Tempe, Ariz. The Hoosiers begin their 2013 season with host No. 4 Arizona State at 9 p.m. ET on Friday, Feb. 8. IU will then play games against both Bradley and No. 21-ranked Stanford on Saturday, Feb. 9 before taking on No. 3 Cal and Portland State on Sunday, Feb. 10. 

    Returing to the fold in 2013 for the Hoosiers will be a number of experienced upperclassmen and underclassmen that broke into the lineup last season. That experience stems from the Hoosiers senior class that will embark on their final season this spring. Amanda Wagner headlines that senior class as she enters the year as a second team preseason All-Big Ten selection. The right-handed power hitter was a second team selection in 2012 after posting considerable numbers in conference play. Joining Wagner in the 2013 senior class are Kelsey Brannon, Samantha Heyman and Breanna Saucedo. Brannon turned around a hitless 2011 campaign into a notable year in 2012, hitting .305 on the year as well as posing as the ninth-most difficult player in the country to strikeout (4 K's in 128 AB). Heyman  will return to the Hoosiers' outfield. The El Segundo, Calif. native was a key piece of the Hoosiers' defense, recording an astonishing 10 assists from centerfield last season--the most of any Big Ten outfielder in 2012. Rounding out the senior class is Saucedo, who will return to the infield after missing a majority of last year due to injury. Saucedo hit .319 in 27 starts prior to being sidelined in 2012, helping her career numbers to a .324 average.

    Another top returner to IU's lineup is 2012 first team All-Big Ten selection, Shannon Cawley. She became the first freshman for Indiana to earn first team accolades since Kim Powers did so in 1988. Cawley hit .351 in conference play with one home run, four doubles and eight RBI and had an on-base percentage of .398. She had seven multi-hit games and reached base safely in each of the season's last 15 conference games.

    Indiana also returns outfielder Jenna Abraham to the lineup. The junior was one of five Hoosiers to hit safely above .300 last season, earning a .301 average at the plate. She cranked out nine doubles and seven homeruns while driving in 20 RBI for the Hoosiers and was one of three to post a slugging percentage above .500 (.524). 

    In the circle, the Hoosiers will return the duo of Meaghan Murphy and Lora Olson who bore a majoity of the work in the circle last season. Murphy went 10-4 in the circle in Big Ten action, tying for the second best record amongst conference pitchers. She also added two shutouts, and led the IU staff with 93 strikeouts in 186.1 innings. Olson pitched to a record of 14-14, the most wins by a freshman pitcher at Indiana since Jessica Creith recorded 15 wins in 1997. She led the team in ERA and tossed 13 complete games, including two shutouts and two saves in 168.0 innings of work. 

    Last season, the Hoosiers got on a roll once they returned to Bloomington following the early season tournament schedule. IU was 12-5 at home and won their final six home contests to close out the year--the longest active winning steak of any Big Ten team. In the past two seasons, Indiana has posted a combined 29-6 (.829) record at home, which tops all Big Ten programs.


    A few members of the IU softball squad are moving up the ranks in several all-time career catagories. Shannon Cawley and Breanna Saucedo currently rank 10th (.329) and 11th (.324), respectively for career batting average. Saucedo also needs 22 more runs to tie for ninth on the all-time runs scored list. Amanda Wagner is nearing several offensive catagories as well, as the senior needs to drive in just 14 RBI this season to tie for ninth all-time.  Wagner is also 16 walks away from climing into fifth place in the IU career record books. 

    • The Hoosiers will rack up the miles in their first five weeks of action this season. IU will make stops in Tempe, Ariz., Atlanta, Ga., Clearwater, Fla., Fullerton, Calif. and Nashville, Tenn. before returning to Bloomington for its home opener at the Hoosier Classic on March 15. After all is said and done, the Hoosiers will have traveled a total of 11,033 miles round-trip and as well as completed 45 percent of its regular season schedule.

    • The Big Ten Conference has changed the conferene schedule format for the 2013 season. This year, teams will play three-game series against B1G opponents with single games slated for Friday, Saturday and Sunday against the same opponent. Each team will also play a midweek doubleheader during Big Ten play. 

    • After a six-year hiatus, the Big Ten Tournament is making its return for the first time since 2006. From 2007-12, only the outright winner of conference play and any at-large bids earned berths into the NCAA Regional; however, the return of the B1G Tournament will now allow an additional opportunity for teams to secure a postseason appearance, as the tournament winner will be granted an automatic bid into an NCAA Regional. 




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