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    Indiana Opens 2011 at Kajikawa Classic In Tempe, Ariz.

    Go Hoosiers! Senior Sara Olson
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    Senior Sara Olson
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    Feb. 9, 2011

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -

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    Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011
    Indiana vs. #2 Arizona • 8:30 p.m. ET
    Indiana trails the all-time series, 2-4
    Indiana vs. Arizona Live Audio

    Friday, Feb. 11, 2011
    Indiana vs. Nevada • 9:30 p.m. ET
    First Meeting
    Indiana vs. Nevada Live Audio

    Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011
    Indiana vs. Cal Poly • 2:00 p.m. ET
    Indiana trails the all-time series, 0-3
    Indiana vs. Cal Poly Live Audio

    Indiana vs. (RV) Texas Tech • 9:30 p.m. ET
    All-time series is tied, 1-1
    Indiana vs. Texas Tech Live Audio

    Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011
    Indiana vs. #12 California • 12:00 p.m. ET
    Indiana trails the all-time series, 0-3
    Indiana vs. California Live Audio

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    FIRST PITCH
    When the Hoosiers take the field Thursday evening against No. 2 Arizona in Tempe, they willl be the first team in the Big Ten to get underway as the rest of the confernece starts their seasons on Friday. The Hoosiers will play two teams ranked in the top 12 in the preseason polls as well as another (Texas Tech) that was receiving votes in the polls. The last time Indiana played int he state of Arizona was in 2004 at the Arizona Invitational where they went 2-2.

    Indiana is 21-15-1 all-time in season openers but have lost the last three. The last time Indiana won a season opener was a 3-0 win against Centenary on Feb. 16, 2007. The following year (Feb. 15, 2008) the Hoosiers lost 10-0 in five innings to Fresno State and freshman Morgan Melloh. Melloh had 10 strikeouts in the game while allowing four hits in her second career start.

    HERE'S WHAT COMING BACK
    The 2011 edition of the Indiana softball team will feature a mix of returning veterans as well as newcomers that could be ready to step in and compete right from day one. The Hoosiers return 11 letterwinners and seven starters from last year while adding six newcomers to the fold.

    Leading the list of returners is senior pitcher/utility Sara Olson, as she led the team in home runs and RBI at the plate and was also one of the most dependable pitchers for head coach Michelle Gardner. Junior catcher Cassie Gogreve proved that she is among the nations best in holding opponent base runners at bay as she caught 23 runners attempting to steal last year, the best total among all BCS conference catchers.

    Morgan Melloh NAMED TO ASA TOP 50 WATCHLIST
    The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, has selected its initial "Watch List" for the 10th Annual USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award. This award, which is considered the most prestigious honor in Division I women's collegiate softball, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country. Past winners of this award include UCLA's Stacey Nuveman, Florida State's Jessica Van der Linden, three-time winner Texas pitcher Cat Osterman, Tennessee's Monica Abbott, Virginia Tech's Angela Tincher and two-time winner Washington's Danielle Lawrie.

    Among the 50 players named was Indiana senior pitcher Morgan Melloh, who will be in her first year with the Hoosiers. A transfer from Fresno State, Melloh is the active leader in career strikeouts in the NCAA going into the 2011 sesaon with 1,138. She was named an All-American in 2008 as a freshman at FSU and is one of four pitchers in the history of NCAA softball to record back-to-back seasons of 450 or more strikeouts to start her collegiate career.

    The 2011 Pre-Season Watch List is comprised of 50 players representing 36 schools and 15 different NCAA Division I Conferences with the Pac-10 Conference leading the way with seven schools represented. The list includes 23 seniors, 12 juniors and 15 sophomores.

    The ASA will announce the 25 finalists on April 13. A player does not have to appear on this initial watch list to be considered as a top 25 finalist. However, once the top 25 finalists are named the winner of the award will come from that list. *Freshman qualify for the top 25 list once they have competed at the collegiate level.

    IU SOFTBALL ON THE RADIO
    The Indiana University Department of Athletics announced that each and every game during the 2011 season will be carried LIVE through IUHoosiers.com. For more information on the broadcasts, go to IUHoosiers.com and look for the "Live Broadcast" link on the softball page.

    Dave Leno will have the call for all the broadcasts, with Nathan Wiechers providing color commentary. Leno served as the voice of the IU volleyball and men's and women's soccer teams this past fall. Wiechers is the team's sports information contact and is in fourth season with the softball team.

    THE COACHES
    Indiana head coach Michelle Gardner is in her third season with the Hoosiers, and her ninth season as a collegiate head coach after spending six years at Nevada. Her career record is 209-251. She has a pair of NCAA Regional appearances to her credit with the Wolfpack.

    CAUGHT YA!
    Junior catcher Cassie Gogreve showed she was one of the best at preventing opponents from stealing bases last season, throwing out 23 attempted base stealers on the season. That total is tops among BCS conference catchers this season and puts her among the best in IU history. Current volunteer coach Tory Yamaguchi was part of the 2008 squad that threw out 21 base runners, with Yamaguchi accounting for 15 of those by herself. The highest single-season team total on record back through the 1986 season is 26 in 1988.

    Gogreve transfered to Indiana from the University of South Carolina, where she played her first two seasons.

    A GLANCE AT THE SCHEDULE
    Head coach Michelle Gardner did not shy away from scheduling some of the best softball programs in the country for 2011. And it all starts with the season opener against Arizona, who is the national runner-up from 2010 and ranked No. 2 in the NFCA poll and No. 1 in the USA Softball poll. The Hoosiers will also play No. 12 California in the season opening tournament in Tempe.

    In addition to Arizona, the Hoosiers also play seven other teams ranked in the preseason top 25 by USA Softball and the NFCA. There are also a handful of other teams that are also receiving votes in the preseason national polls that make for a challenging schedule all the way through the year.

    COMING HOME
    Indiana senior outfielder Kelsey Stander, just the fourth player in IU history to hail from the state of Arizona, will be playing in her home state for the first time as a collegiate athlete. She spent her first season at Tennessee before transferring to IU just prior to the start of the 2009 season. Originally from Paradise Valley, Ariz., the Hoosiers will be playing less than a half hour from her hometown when they take the field at the Tempe Sports Complex.

     

     

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