2003 Schedule Preview

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    News Update

    February 5, 2003


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    As a member of the Big Ten Conference, Indiana will face one of the nation's most demanding schedules in 2003 (2003 schedule). One year ago, six Big Ten teams earned NCAA Tournament bids, while the University of Michigan earning a trip to the Women's College World Series. Last year in Bloomington, Indiana held a 3-1 lead over the Wolverines after 4 1/2 innings but eventually fell, 4-3.

    In addition to Big Ten play, Indiana will open its season on February 14 vs. San Jose State in Las Cruces, New Mexico. San Jose State, which has faced defending national champion California twice in 2003 (including a narrow 3-1 loss), will already have played five games prior to its tilt vs. Indiana on Valentine's Day. While at the New Mexico State tournament, Indiana will also face Eastern Illinois, Marshall, Southwest Texas State, and Bowling Green.

    The following weekend, the Hoosiers will travel to Tampa, Fla., to participate at the University of South Florida Tournament (other tournament teams: Maryland, Hofstra, Seton Hall, South Florida, Radford). Indiana will also compete in tournaments at the University of Louisville (Kent State, Louisville, Miami of Ohio) and Charleston Southern (Furman, Stony Brook, Savannah State, Central Florida).

    Indiana will also compete against several other non-conference opponents before entering play in the rugged Big Ten Conference. The Hoosiers will face mid-week non-conference opponents Wright State, Louisville, Kentucky, Evansville, and Ball State. Evansville, with whom Indiana split a doubleheader in 2002, earned an NCAA Tournament bid last spring.

    Hayes on the 2003 Schedule: “We’re going to see a good combination of teams. The preseason tournaments should always provide us an opportunity to maintain a level of confidence, while exposing our team to the top teams in the country to prepare for the Big Ten. I think the schedule that was put together allows us to do that, while at this time focusing on maintaining a level of confidence. That’s what this team needs. We will see a number of good ball teams that will be ranked in the top 25. That will be fun. What we’re looking for out of the team is consistency and appropriate focus.”




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