Feb. 15, 2007
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Tourney: Crowne Plaza Classic
Location: Houston, Texas
Host: University of Houston
Date: Feb. 16-18, 2007
Facility: Cougar Softball Field
Indiana kicks off the 2007 season at the Crowne Plaza Classic in Houston, Texas, from Feb. 16-18. The Hoosiers will face Centenary and Southern Illinois on Feb. 16, No. 5/8 LSU and Houston on Feb. 17 and Missouri State on Feb. 18.
The Hoosiers are 20-12-1 all-time in season-opening contests, dating back to the 1974 season, Indiana's first as a varsity program. IU has lost its last three season openers, including falling by just two runs to No. 10 Oklahoma to kick off the 2006 campaign. The Hoosiers rebounded to tie the Sooners in the second game.
IU's all-time records against this weekend's opponents are below:
Opponent IU W-L (last)
vs. Centenary 1-0 (2004)
vs. Southern Illinois 10-8 (2004)
vs. LSU 0-1 (2005)
vs. Houston 0-1 (2004)
vs. Missouri State 2-4 (2004)
SCOUTING THE HOOSIERS
Indiana went 30-25-1 last season, with an 8-9 record in the Big Ten, earning the program's first NCAA Tournament berth since the 1996 season.
Indiana went 1-2 in the postseason, winning its first game, against Utah, before falling to No. 3 Texas and Utah to be eliminated.
The Hoosiers return 14 letterwinners from that squad, but lost their top two pitchers and top two hitters from last season. Senior Rachel Terry is the top returning batter, as she hit .299 to rank third on the squad last season. Classmate Kim Richards led Indiana in RBI last year with 32, and had a .270 batting average. Christy Wahl is IU's lone returning pitcher, as the senior went 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA in four appearances last year.
Third-year head coach Stacey Phillips brought in eight newcomers for 2007, including five freshmen and three transfers. 2005 All-Big Ten selection Tory Yamaguchi also returns after missing last season with illness.
INDIANA TAKES ON THE POLLS
The Hoosiers have six teams on the 2007 schedule that appeared in both major preseason polls. 2007 IU opponents LSU, Massachusetts, South Florida, Louisville, Northwestern and Michigan were ranked in both the USA Today/NFCA and ESPN.com/USA Softball preseason top 25 polls. Indiana was 2-8-1 against ranked opponents last season, picking up wins over No. 15 Nebraska and No. 25 North Carolina and tying No. 10 Oklahoma. Five of the eight losses came against Big Ten competition, including three to Michigan and two to Northwestern.
The Hoosiers return to action at the Southern Illinois Tournament in Carbondale, Ill., on March 3-4. There, Indiana will face the host Salukis, Western Illinois, Ohio University and Ball State.