Softball Set For Panther Invitational
Feb. 13, 2014
Indiana will head to Atlanta, Ga. to participate in the Panther Invitational hosted by Georgia State. The Hoosers are slated for four games in three days, opening the weekend with a 4 p.m. matchup with GSU. Saturday’s schedule features games against ETSU and Tennessee-Martin before Indiana closes the weekend with Bowling Green on Sunday at 10 a.m.
A LOOK AT THE PANTHERS
Indiana will play Georgia State for the third time in program history and the first time since the 2001 season. The all-time series remains tied at 1-1 with the Panthers taking the most previous meeting, 9-3.
Friday’s game will serve as Georgia State’s 2014 opener when the Hoosiers meet at 4 p.m. at the Robert E. Heck Softball Complex. They return 13 letterwinners from last season including the Panther’s top three hitters from 2013.
MEETING WITH THE BUCS
Indiana and ETSU will meet for the first time in program history this weekend at the Panther Invitational. The Bucs head the Atlanta with a 2-2 record on the year after earning wins over Belmont and Detroit. ETSU is hitting .281 through its first four games, while its pitching staff owns a 1.93 ERA.
SCOUTING THE SKYHAWKS
The SkyHawks, now 1-4 on the year, will meet with Indiana for the fifth time in program history and the first time since the 2006 season where the Hoosiers defeated UT-Martin, 5-2. The Skyhawks own a 1-3 advantage in the all-time series which dates back to the 2002 campaign. UT-Martin earned its first victory of the 2014 season in a 4-2 win over Houston. Their three losses came at the hands of Louisiana Tech, Wichita State and Jackson State. The Skyhawks lineup has posted a .286 clip through five games and their pitching staff has a 5.12 ERA.
A LOOK AT THE FALCONS
Bowling Green opened up the 2014 season with an 0-4 run at the Viking Indoor Tournament hosted by Cleveland State University, falling to CSU, Robert Morris, Bucknell and Canisius.
The Hoosiers first met the Falcons in 1985 and have won every game in the all-time series to climb to an overall 6-0 record with BGSU. Their previous meeting dates back to the 2004 season where the Cream and Crimson upended Bowling Green, 4-2.
LAST TIME OUT
The Hoosiers opened 2014 at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz. where they posted a 1-4 start to the season. Indiana kickstarted the weekend with an extra-innings 6-3 win over Bradley before dropping its next four straight contests.
Kassi Farmer highlighted a lively IU offense with four homeruns in five games, including a career-high two homeruns in a single contest with San Jose State. Erin Lehman shined in her collegiate debut with hits in four-of-five games in addition to her multi-hit effort against Bradley for a 357 clip. CaraMia Tsirigos also stood out at the plate. She reached base safely in each contest and contributed with a .333 batting average. As a team, the Hoosiers hit .256 with five Hoosiers hitting above .300.
WITH TWO AWAY...
The Hoosiers offense has shown its fight at the plate through the first five games of the 2014 campaign. Indiana’s lineup has hit .298 with two outs against them including a stubborn offensive outing against San Jose State. The Hoosiers refused to be silenced by the Spartans and connected on 7 of their 10 hits in the contest with two outs against them.
FARMER GOES YARD
Sophomore infielder Kassi Farmer was a force at the plate last weekend. She cranked out four homeruns in five games, including a two-homerun performance against San Jose State, a team now receiving votes in the NFCA Top-25 Coaches Poll. Her first multi-career homerun effort is the first by a Hoosier since Amanda Wagner did so against Purdue in 2012. The Columbia, Ill. native hit .400 at the Kajikawa Classic and earned a 1.267 slugging percentage. Farmer also totaled 19 bases, double that of the next highest total on the team, and reached base at a .526 percentage.
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