Indiana Off To Las Vegas For Louisville Slugger Desert Classic
Feb. 17, 2010
LOUSIVILLE SLUGGER DESERT CLASSIC
Friday, Feb. 19, 2010
Indiana (0-2) vs. Illinois-Chicago (3-2)1:30 p.m. PT
Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010
Indiana (0-2) vs. Utah (5-0) 3:45 p.m. PT
Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010
Junior Sara Olson was the star at the plate for Indiana, going 4-for-7 with a pair of home runs and three RBI. Senior Kelli Ritchison had a career game against Jacksonville State, driving in four runs to set a personal best.
Freshman infielder Amanda Wagner collected her first collegiate run batted in over the weekend in addition to drawing a team-best three walks.
In the circle, Olson allowed just one earned run in a complete game loss to Wright State while striking out seven. Freshman Jessica Dobson worked a perfect seventh inning in game two in her Hoosier debut.
IU SOFTBALL ON THE RADIO
Dave Leno will have the call for all the broadcasts, with Nathan Wiechers providing color commentary. Leno is in his first year working with the softball program after serving as the voice of men's and women's soccer programs as well as the volleyball programs at Indiana. Leno also served as the play-by-play announcer for the Camden Riversharks, an independent league baseball team in Camden, N.J.
Wiechers serves as the media relations contact for the IU softball team and is in his third year with the program.
Boise State head coach Erin Thorpe is in her second season with the Broncos and has a record of 23-33.
Illinois-Chicago head coach Michelle Venturella has a record of 30-28 in her second season with the Flames. She was a two-time all-american at Indiana University and is all over the batting records for the Hoosiers.
Oregon head coach Mike White is in his first season leading the Ducks.
Utah head coach Amy Hogue is 55-58 in her third season with the Utes.
UNLV head coach Pete Manarino is 35-22 in his second season with the Rebels.
OFFENSE OUT OF THE GATE
Olson hit .259 in Big Ten play and trailed only Bergeson for the team lead in home runs and RBI in conference games. In the cirle, her season was highlighted by the no-hitter she tossed against No. 16 Ohio State at the IU Softball Field.
It also marked the first time since the 2006 season that a pair of Indiana players recieved a postseason honor from the conference.
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