Feb. 26, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
SOUTHERN MISS INVITATIONAL
Hattiesburg, Miss. Host: Southern Miss
Friday, Feb. 27, 2010
Indiana (2-5) vs. Jackson State (2-7) 2:00 p.m. CT
Indiana (2-5) vs. Southern Miss (7-2) 7:00 p.m. CT
Southern Miss leads, 1-0
Saturday, Feb. 28, 2010
Indiana (2-5) vs. Central Arkansas (4-6) 9:00 a.m. CT
Indiana (2-5) vs. Belmont (0-4) 11:30 a.m. CT
Belmont leads, 1-0
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*Live stats can be found at IUHoosiers.com
The Hoosiers continue tournament play this weekend when they travel to Hattiesburg, Miss., for the Southern Miss Invitational on Saturday and Sunday. Indiana will take on Jackson State and Southern Miss the first day and then Central Arkansas and Belmont the second day. The Hoosiers are coming off a 2-3 weekend at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic, picking up wins against Boise State and Oregon.
For the weekend, Sara Olson, Cassie Gogreve and Amanda Wagner each hit a pair of home runs for the Hoosiers. The round-trippers for Gogreve and Wagner were the first of their careers while Olson moved into a tie for 10th all-time at Indiana with her 13th career home run.
Other notes from the first full weekend of play for the Hoosiers include Cassie Gogreve thowing out 4-of-9 attempted base stealers and has currently caught six on the season, which is tops in the Big Ten. The IU win over Oregon on Saturday was the first win over a Pac-10 team since the 1998 season
This weekend will also be the season debut of the free radio broadcasts of IU Softball on IUHoosiers.com. All four games will be carried live and free of charge through IUHoosiers.com. Links can be found on the softball schedule page on the website.
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.
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 199-220. She has a pair of NCAA Regional appearances to her credit with the Wolfpack.
Jackson State head coach Kenya Peters is 104-183-1 in her sixth season as the head coach of the Tigers.
Southern Miss head coach Howard Dobson is hin his third year leading the Golden Eagles and has a record of 58-59-2
Central Arkansas head coach David Kuhn is in his second season with the Bears and has an overall record of 28-37.
Belmont head coach Chris Kuhlmeyer is entering his first season with the Bruins.
OFFENSE OUT OF THE GATE
Contrary to the start of the 2009 season, the IU offense has been ready to go from the start in 2010, scoring 27 runs through the first seven games. Last year through the first seven games, Indiana had eight runs to its credit and had been shutout three. It was not until the 15th game last year before the Hoosiers scored their 27th run.
Junior utility player Sara Olson has been one of the most dangerous Indiana players at the plate through the first seven games. She is tied for the team lead with a .400 batting average and is tops on the team with four home runs and six RBI. After hitting two home runs the first weekend at Kennesaw State, she followed that up with two more last weekend in Las Vegas. In fact, she has been so much of a threat that UIC issued two intentional walks to Olson in one game. One of the intentional passes came with one out and the bases empty in a tie game in the fifth inning. Then in the game against Oregon, after she had already hit one bomb, she was issued an intentional pass with the bases empty and two outs in the seventh. The Hoosiers went on to mount a two-out rally and beat the Ducks on Jennifer Gluckert's walk-off single, 5-4.
Olson enters play this weekend with 13 career home runs, tied for 10th on the all-time list at Indiana.
BIG WIN VS. PAC-10
The Hoosiers 5-4 win against Oregon in Las Vegas marked the first victory for the Hoosiers over a Pac-10 school since the 1998 season when they claimed a 6-2 win over UCLA.
Also in the game against Oregon, Olson and Cassie Gogreve hit back-to-back home runs to tie the game in the bottom of the second inning after the Ducks scored two in the top of the frame. It was the first time since March 18, 2007, when Tory Yamaguchi and Jennilee Huddleston went back-to-back against Chattanooga.
When freshman Amanda Wagner hit two home runs against Boise State on Feb. 19, she became the first freshman to accomplish that since Brooke Monroe did it on Feb. 26, 1999, against Pittsburgh. She also scored three runs and has three hits in the game.
GIVE ME A CHANCE
Junior catcher Cassie Gogreve, who transferred to Indiana this season after playing her first two seasons at South Carolina. In those first two seasons, she played 26 games and started 14. In her first season with the Hoosiers, she has started all seven games behind the plate and is third on the team with a .286 average with a pair of home runs and doubles and has scored three runs.
Opposing teams have been testing Gogreve on the base paths so far in 2010, but the native of South Pasadena, Calif., has been up to the task. She has thrown out 6-of-16 (37.5 percent) to lead the Big Ten in caught stealing.