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    Week Two Sends Hoosiers to Clearwater

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    Feb. 17, 2011

    Indiana Game Notes - Week 2 Get Acrobat Reader

    Friday, Feb. 18
    Indiana vs. UAB - 4:00 p.m. ET (Listen
    First meeting<> Indiana vs. DePaul - 8:00 p.m. ET (Listen
    Series tied 5-5

    Saturday, Feb. 19
    Indiana vs. Fordham - 12:30 p.m. ET (Listen
    Indiana leads series 1-0

    Indiaina vs. USF - 3:00 p.m. ET (Listen
    USF leads all-time series 9-8

    Sunday, Feb. 20
    Indiana vs. Ole Miss - 10:30 p.m. ET (Listen
    Indiana leads all-time series 1-0


    FIRST PITCH
    The Hoosiers are entering the season's second weekend of play with a 2-3 record but with all kinds of confidence following the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe. Indiana posted a 10-2 win over Nevada in five innings and then defeated Cal Poly 7-3 the following morning. The three losses came to No. 2 Arizona, No. 12 California and Texas Tech, who was receiving votes in the NFCA poll last week and moved into the Top 25 this week.

    Morgan Melloh made four starts and appaered in all five games for the Hoosiers last weekend and registered the win against Nevada. In the season opener, she fanned 12 Arizona batters to match UA's Kenzie Fowler and finished the weekend with 34 strikeouts.

    MY FIRST COLLEGIATE HIT WAS A...
    Freshman outfielder Jenna Abraham collected her first collegiate base hit in style at the Kajikawa Classic, drivinga 3-2 pitch the opposite way over the right field fence for a three-run home run to break open a close game against Cal Poly. The Fishers, Ind., native finished the weekend hitting .333 with four hits and two runs scored.

    Another freshman, Meaghan Murphy, made her first hit count as well with a two-run single down the first base line against Nevada.

    DOBSON DOMINATES
    Sophomore pitcher Jessica Dobson was nearly untouchable in her first two outings of 2011 as she pitched four innigns of relief and surrendered just three hits while striking out eight. The Demotte, Ind., native struck out five Nevada batters over two innings to preserve the win for Morgan Melloh and then came in against No. 12 Cal and whiffed three over two innings to keep the score within reach at 3-0.

    OLSON TAKES HER TURN IN THE CIRCLE
    Senior Sara Olson made one start last weekend for the Hoosiers, but she made it a good one as she gave up just four hits and three runs - two earned - over six innings while striking out five against Cal Poly for her 17th career win. She was able to work around five walks and stranded eight Mustangs on base in the outing, the 90th of her IU career.

    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.

    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 211-254. She has a pair of NCAA Regional appearances to her credit with the Wolfpack.

    UAB head coach Marla Townsend is 306-339 in her 12 years as the Blazers head coach. Townsend is the first and only head coach in the program's history.

    Depaul head coach Eugene Lenti is in his 30th year at the helm of the Blue Demons, compiling a 1065-513-6 record. Since 1999, Lenti has led four Blue Demon teams to the Women's College World Series.

    Bridget Orchard, head coach of the Fordham Rams, is in her 14th year as a head coach and her 10th at Fordham. She has a career record of 451-254-3.

    USF head coach Ken Eriksen is 615-333-1 as he enters his 15th season. Since he became head coach in 1997, his teams have ended the season with a winning record 12 times, leading to 8 NCAA berths.

    Ole Miss head coach Missy Dickerson is entering her sixth year at Ole Miss and ninth year as a Division I head coach. In her her nine years she has a career record of 239-214. The Rebels finished last year with only the second winning season in school history.

     

     


       

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