Bloomington, Ind.--The Indiana softball team will travel to the University of Arizonas Hillenbrand Invitational this weekend, March 5-7. The Hoosiers will face some tough competition in the tournament including No. 2 Arizona and No. 24 Georgia Tech. Both Arizona and Georgia Tech competed in the 2003 NCAA Tournament with Arizona advancing to the World Series and finishing third. On Friday, IU will face the University of Texas-El Paso (11:00 a.m.) and Northern Iowa (1:00 p.m.). The Hoosiers face off against North Texas (1:00 p.m.) and No. 2 Arizona (3:00 p.m.) on Saturday and No. 24 Georgia Tech (9:00 a.m.) in the tournament finale on Sunday.
Scouting the Opposition The University of Texas-El Paso (UTEP), the first Hoosier opponent this weekend, is coming off two losses to New Mexico on February 28-29. In game one, UTEP was shutout, 5-0, and in game two was defeated, 10-1. Overall this season, the Miners hold a 3-7 record. The game on Friday will be the first ever meeting between Indiana and UTEP.
Last time out, the Northern Iowa Panthers participated in the Kentucky Tournament on Feb. 28-29, where they won two of three games. In the first game, the Panthers defeated Ball State, 5-1, followed by a win over Youngstown State, 2-1. UNI dropped the final game of the tournament to Kentucky, 4-3, moving to 3-6 overall on the season. Indiana holds a 6-2 series lead over the Panthers including an 8-0 win the last time the two teams met in 1999.
North Texas is coming off a 4-2 win over Oklahoma State on Monday, March 1. Over the weekend, the Mean Green went 0-5 at the Frost Cutlery Classic with losses to Marshall, 4-0, Chattanooga, 5-1, Buffalo, 2-1, Alabama, 8-0 UT-Martin, 5-1 and Tennessee Tech, 1-0. Overall, Norh Texas is 6-22 on the season. This will be the first ever meeting between North Texas and the Indiana Hoosiers.
No. 2 Arizona is coming of an impressive outing at the Worth Invitational on Feb. 28-29. The Wildcats won all five games, defeating Boston University, 17-1, Stanford, 2-1 and 7-5, Oklahoma State, 4-0 and South Florida, 2-1. The Cats are undefeated so far this year with a 21-0 record. They hold a 2-3 series lead over Indiana, with the Hoosiers losing, 10-1, the last time the two teams met in 2000.
Last time out for No. 24 Georgia Tech, they participated in the Leadoff Classic in Columbus, Ga. The Yellow Jackets picked up wins against Virginia Tech, 6-5, No. 14 Nebraska, 1-0, DePaul, 5-1 and Fresno State, 9-1. They picked up two losses against Notre Dame, 2-1 and Michigan, 3-1. Overall, Georgia Tech is 15-3 on the season. The series between the Yellow Jackets and the Hoosiers is tied at 1-1. The two teams met for two games back in 2000. Indiana lost to Tech in the first game, 10-3, but came back to take game two, 7-5.
The Hoosiers will face two ranked teams when they take on No. 2 Arizona and No. 24 Georgia Tech this weekend.
Earlier this season, Indiana faced its first of six USA Today/NFCA Top 25 ranked opponents when they took on then ranked No. 12 Nebraska. IU forced the Cornhuskers into their first extra-inning game of the season before eventually falling, 5-4.
The Hoosiers also fell to No. 23 Florida, 1-0, earlier this season. Although the Gators were not ranked at the time, they have recently moved into the top 25.
The Hoosiers also face No. 11 Michigan on April 2 and No. 21 Iowa on April 9. Other Hoosier opponents also receiving votes in the poll are Northwestern, Michigan State, Illinois, and Notre Dame.
Hoosier Connections When IU takes on Northern Iowa on Saturday, head coach Sara Hayes Nottger will face her former team. For two years prior to becoming head coach at Indiana, Nottger was the head coach for the Panthers. In the two years Nottger was at Northern Iowa, she led the team to a 58-59 record.
Tough Weekend in Carbondale The IU Softball team had a tough tournament this past weekend, Feb. 28-29, at the Southern Classic in Carbondale, Illinois. On day one, the Hoosiers fell, 2-1, in extra innings to Indiana State in the first game and was defeated by host Southern Illinois, 2-1, in game two. Hoping for a turnaround on Sunday, Indiana shutout Harvard, 1-0, in game one. The Hoosiers had the lead going into the seventh inning of their second game against Southern Illinois but the Salukis were able to score two runs to win the game in the bottom of the seventh.
Roark Still Rockin One of the few bright spots for the Hoosiers at the Southern Classic was the pitching of sophomore right hander Megan Roark. In 14.1 innings of work, Roark struckout 16 while giving up just 11 hits and only one earned run. Even with Roarks stellar pitching, the Indiana offense cant seem to get Roark any runs resulting in an 0-5 record for the Pleasant Hill, Calif., native.
The Last Time.. So far this season, pitcher Mariangee Bogado has reached several feats that have not been accomplished by an IU softball player in quite some time. In the Hoosiers first game against Southern Illinois this past weekend, Bogado notched 11 strikeouts, something an IU pitcher has not done since Gina Ugo had 10 Ks on March, 6, 1996. Bogado also pitched ten innings against Boston College on 2/7 which has not been done since the 2000 season. She has also pitched two complete game shutouts against Centenary and Harvard which has not been done since teammate Katie Witham had one such game in 2002 against Bradley.
Houston Recap On day one of the Crowne Plaza Classic in Houston, the Hoosiers started the day off with a 5-1 win over Manhattan College. Indiana was shutout by Florida, 1-0, in a hard-fought battle in the second game of the day. On Saturday, the Hoosiers Mariangee Bogado pitched a one-hit, complete game shutout over Centenary College for a 1-0 win. In a rare night game, IU fell to Houston 12-2. The Hoosiers came back with an impressive outing against then ranked No. 12 Nebraska on Sunday, forcing the game into extra innings before eventually falling 5-4.
Senior first baseman Karly McCormack is on an offensive tear as of late. In Houston, McCormack batted .500 with a homerun, a double, three RBI and three runs scored. In the Nebraska game alone, McCormack went 3-for-4, including a two-run homerun. Overall, McCormack is hitting .481 and leads the Hoosiers in almost every offensive category.
Bogado Pitches One-Hitter in Houston
All-American pitcher Mariangee Bogado pitched a one-hitter in a 1-0 complete game shutout over Centenary College on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 21. Bogado had seven strikeouts and two walks, giving her a 3-1 record on the season. Bogado also pitched against softball powerhouse Florida where she gave up just one run while striking out six. Overall, Bogado leads the IU pitching staff with four complete games and a 1.09 ERA.
Roark Pitches a Gem
Sophomore Megan Roark had a stellar pitching performance verses nationally ranked Nebraska. Roark, who came into the game in relief, pitched five innings while giving up just two hits and striking out four. Overall at the Crowne Plaza Classic, Roark pitched 8 innings with six strikeouts while giving up just one run, good for a 1.08 ERA.
The IU softball team opened its 2004 campaign at the UCF-Triple Crown Invitational in St. Augustine, Fla. The Hoosiers lost their first game, 6-1, to Jacksonville but fought back to defeat Bethune-Cookman, 2-1. On day two of the tournament, Indiana played back-to-back extra inning games. In game one, the Hoosiers fell to Central Florida, 10-3 in eight innings and in game two defeated Boston College, 3-2, in ten innings. The Cream and Crimson ended the weekend by falling to Marshal, 9-4 for a seventh place finish in the tournament.
Ashley is Awesome in Florida
Junior second baseman Ashley Griffiths had an impressive performance both offensively and defensively at the Triple Crown Classic in Florida. In five games, Griffiths hit .389 (7-18) including a double and one RBI. The Dove Canyon, Calif. native posted a .444 slugging percentage and a .529 on-base percentage. In the field, Griffiths was perfect, posting a 1.000 fielding percentage.
Fall Ball Recap
The Hoosiers participated in two tournaments in September and ended the fall season with a 3-2 record. At the Chicagoland Fall Classic Indiana defeated St. Xavier 2-1 and Bradley 3-1 before falling to Loyola-Chicago 3-1. The Cream and Crimson hosted the Indiana Fall Classic on September 27 where they beat Bradley, 2-1 and lost to IUPUI, 2-1