March 1, 2012
The Hoosiers are 7-7 after the first three weekends of play in 2012 season and are coming off a successful 4-1 trip to Woodstock, Ga., for the Phyllis Rafter Memorial Tournament.
Indiana matched Georgia State's 4-1 record for the weekend to tie for the best of the 11 teams there. The Hoosiers were three outs away from completing the weekend sweep but the Bradley Braves mounted a late rally to escape with the win.
As a team, IU outscored its opponents 21-10 and had a team batting average of .321, led by Samantha Berenter's .500 (7-for-14) effort at the plate.
The young pitching for IU also continued to show improvement, registering a 1.44 ERA over the five games and allowing opponents to hit just .231. Freshman Lora Olson went 3-1 on the weekend while sophomore Meaghan Murphy was 1-0 and had her first career save.
ALL ABOUT ABRAHAM
Sophomore Jenna Abraham continues to have a stellar start to the season at the plate, hitting .405 with three home runs and seven RBI. But her .468 on-base percentage has allowed her to score a team-leading 15 runs.
In addition to her prowess at the plate, she also robbed a home run in left field against UIC in the seventh inning for the final out of the game - a home run that would have tied the game.
Abraham was a Third Team All-Big Ten honoree as a freshman and hit .264 with two home runs and 11 RBI for the year. This season she is hitting .444 with three home runs and six RBI.
WAGNER FINISHES STRONG
Junior Amanda Wagner was solid at the plate in Georgia and earned the respect of opposing pitchers. She hit .385 over the five games and drew three walks, including one intentional. She has now reached base safely in eight straight games.
She is tied for the team lead with three home runs this season. The native of Burbank, Ill., now has 14 career home runs and 47 career RBI as she plays her third season.
CASSIE CATCHES FIRE
Fifth year senior catcher Cassie Gogreve is hitting .351 so far this season and has a team-best 14 RBI. Last weekend in Georgia, the South Pasadena, Calif., native hit her first home run of the season and drove in six runs, including a four RBI game against Saint Louis.
Over the last two weekends, Gogreve is hitting .321 with a home run and nine RBI. She has also appeared in all 116 games over the last two-plus seasons since she joined the Hoosiers from South Carolina.
CAWLEY-ING THE SHOTS
Freshmen third baseman Shannon Cawley was inserted into the heart of the Indiana order last weekend in Georgia and did she deliver. she hit a towering home run against Central Arkansas and finished the five games with six RBI. For the season, Cawley is hitting .325 with two home runs and nine RBI.
BRE'S BACK AT IT
Junior shortstop Breanna Saucedo enters play this weekend riding a six-game hitting streak, the longest by any Hoosier this season. Her longest career hit streak is eight games, which she did during both her freshman and sophomore seasons.
Freshmen Lora Olson and Shannon Cawley showed their prowess at the plate in Las Vegas, connecting for their first collegiate home runs. Cawley did so with a solo home run to center field against BYU and Olson did it against Memphis, a two-run blast to tie the game in the fourth inning.
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