Softball

    Indiana Off To Las Vegas For Louisville Slugger Desert Classic

    Go Hoosiers!
    Go Hoosiers!

    Go Hoosiers!

    Feb. 17, 2010

    LOUSIVILLE SLUGGER DESERT CLASSIC
    Las Vegas, Nev. • Host: by UNLV

    Friday, Feb. 19, 2010
    Indiana (0-2) vs. Boise State (1-3) • 9:00 a.m. PT
    First Meeting

    Indiana (0-2) vs. Illinois-Chicago (3-2)•1:30 p.m. PT
    Indiana leads all-time series, 8-5

    Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010
    Indiana (0-2) vs. Oregon (3-2) • 1:30 p.m. PT
    First meeting

    Indiana (0-2) vs. Utah (5-0)• 3:45 p.m. PT
    The all-time series is tied, 1-1

    Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010
    Indiana (0-2) at UNLV (4-1) • 11:15 a.m. PT

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    FIRST PITCH
    After going 0-2 at the K-Club Classic in Kennesaw, Ga., the Indiana softball team returns to tournament action this weekend at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic, hosted by UNLV.

    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
    The Indiana University Department of Athletics announced earlier this winter that over 30 games on the IU softball schedule will be broadcast on IUHoosiers.com. All of the broadcasts will be free of charge through Stretch Internet, and available by going to the softball schedule page on IUHoosiers.com.

     

     

    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.

    THE COACHES
    Indiana head coach Michelle Gardner is in her second season with the Hoosiers, and her eighth season as a collegiate head coach after spending six years at Nevada. Her career record is 197-217. She has a pair of NCAA Regional appearances to her credit with the Wolfpack.

    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
    Contrary to the start of the 2009 season, the IU offense has been ready to go from the start, scoring nine runs through the first two games. Last year through the first two games, Indiana had two runs to its credit and had been shutout once. It was not until the 10th game last year before the Hoosiers scored their ninth run.

    RETURNING STATS
    Despite the graduation of Emily Bergeson, the most potent bat in the IU lineup last season, the Hoosiers still have seven starters returning and over 73 percent of the at-bats from a season ago. In addition, 77 percent of the runs scored, 73 percent of the hits and 67 percent of the RBI all return to the team this season.

    2009 ACCOLADES
    The 2009 season saw a pair of IU players recieve postseason accolades from the Big Ten Conference. Sara Olson, a junior this season, was named Third Team All-Big Ten at the Utility position while Emily Bergeson, a graduated senior, was named Third Team All-Big Ten at the shortstop position.

    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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