INDIANA TO PLAY IN USF-GLADSTONES TOURNAMENT THIS WEEKEND
February 21, 2000 INDIANA TO PLAY IN USF-GLADSTONES TOURNAMENT THIS WEEKEND
Indiana will open its 2000 Softball season with the USF-Gladstones Tournament on February 25-27 at the USF Softball Complex. The tournament will consist of six teams that will play two games on Friday, two games on Saturday, and one game on Sunday.
10:00 a.m. Indiana vs. Auburn
12:00 p.m. Kent State vs. USF
2:00 p.m. South Carolina vs. Indiana
4:00 p.m. Auburn vs. Michigan
6:00 p.m. USF vs. South Carolina
8:00 p.m. Michigan vs. Kent State
10:00 a.m. South Carolina vs. Auburn
12:00 p.m. Kent State vs. South Carolina
2:00 p.m. USF vs. Michigan
4:00 p.m. Indiana vs. Kent State
6:00 p.m. Auburn vs. USF
8:00 p.m. Michigan vs. Indiana
10:00 a.m. Auburn vs. Kent State
12:00 p.m. South Carolina vs. Michigan
2:00 p.m. USF vs. Indiana
Of the five teams in the tournament, the Hoosiers have played all of them except Auburn. IU has played No. 18 South Carolina 16 times and holds an 11-4-1 record. In their last meeting, South Carolina defeated the Hoosiers 6-5 in 1997. Indiana has played Kent State three times and holds a perfect 3-0 record. Their last meeting was in 1988 where the Hoosiers won 2-0. Indiana has played No. 6 Michigan 69 times and holds a 26-43 record. In 1999, Michigan defeated IU in their last meeting 8-3. The Hoosiers have played South Florida 10 times and currently hold a 6-4 record after splitting a double-header in 1996. Indiana won the first game 6-4, and then the Bulls retaliated with a 10-0 victory.
Three of the six teams in the tournament are ranked or receiving votes in the USA Today/NFCA Preseason Poll. Michigan is ranked No. 6 and South Carolina is ranked No. 18. South Florida received 13 votes in the preseason poll. The Hoosiers have a tough schedule this weekend, but are ready to get the season underway.
Complete game results will be made available on the web at www.athletics.indiana.edu following the event. They can be viewed and printed out by choosing softball from the main menu. Weekly updates and season best lists can be obtained at www.athletics.indiana.edu all season long.
Diane Stephenson begins her 13th season as head coach for the Hoosiers. She has produced winning records in seven of her 12 seasons. Stephenson has accumulated a 358-303-3 (.541) career record, including a 150-149 (.502) record in Big Ten play. Her team made the NCAA Mideast Regional in 1994 and finished with a record of 49-16.
Assisting Stephenson will be Donna Bonebrake, now in her 5th season, and newcomer Jen McIntyre. McIntyre comes to Indiana from Penn State where she played third base for the Nittany Lions.
Indiana head softball coach Diane Stephenson:
"We get started on Friday with Auburn and South Carolina. The biggest disadvantage that we have this time of the year is that most teams have already played. Obviously we're going to get a lot better from week one to two, and from week two to three. We're really excited to open up our season. We really need to get out and play against other competition to see where we stand. It's going to be a tough weekend for us. University of South Florida, Michigan, and South Carolina are all ranked; Michigan being sixth in the country right now and USF and South Carolina in the top 25. We're definitely going to run into some stiff competition, but we're excited and looking forward to it."
Indiana assistant coach Donna Bonebrake:
"We're definitely ready to play someone besides ourselves and see where we are in the season. It's a tough point in the season because we're ready to play, yet we don't know really how good we can be. This weekend will give us an indication of where we're at and where we need to go from here. We'll be facing some very tough competition and will be tested early. I think we're prepared for the task at hand, but we still have a long way to go as far as finding out just what this group of young ladies can do."
Indiana finished the season 17-40 overall, and 3-21 in big ten play.
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