March 2, 2007
Kay Brechtelsbauer Southern Classic Notes in PDF Format (03-02-07)
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Tournament: Kay Brechtelsbauer Southern Classic
Location: Carbondale, Ill.
Host: Southern Illinois University
Date: March 3-4, 2007
Facility: Charlotte West Stadium, Rochman Field
Indiana will face Western Illinois, Ball State and No. 20 Southern Illinois at the Kay Brechtelsbauer Southern Classic this weekend. All of the games can be followed live on Gametracker, which is accessible from IUHOOSIERS.com.
Indiana returns to action after a nearly two-week layoff when it hits the field for the Kay Brechtelsbauer Southern Classic on the campus of Southern Illinois University. Due to weather concerns in the Carbondale, Ill., area, the schedule for the tournament has been altered. Ohio University has pulled out of the tournament, leaving IU with just one game on Saturday, against Western Illinois at 2 p.m. (originally 4 p.m.). Indiana's two games on Sunday have also been moved, with the contest against Ball State now slated for 2 p.m. and the game against Southern Illinois set for 4 p.m. The games had originally been scheduled for 1 and 5 p.m., respectively.
IU's all-time records against this weekend's opponents are below:
Opponent IU W-L (last)
vs. Western Illinois - 16-6 (W, 2005)
vs. Ball State - 37-26 (W, 2006)
at Southern Illinois - 10-9 (L, 2007)
SCOUTING THE HOOSIERS
Indiana is off to a 2-3 start on the season after winning its first and last games at the Crowne Plaza Classic in Houston, Texas, from Feb. 16-18.
The Hoosiers opened the season with a 3-0 win over Centenary on Feb. 16, with juniors Jennifer Moore and Monica Wright combining on a two-hitter.
IU followed that contest with a 6-2 loss to Southern Illinois later in the day, and dropped a pair of games on Feb. 17, falling 8-0 in six innings to No. 5 LSU and 5-3 to tournament host Houston.
Indiana rebounded with a 6-0 win over Missouri State on Feb. 18, settling matters early by batting around in the first inning for five runs. Wright and Moore again teamed for a shutout, combining for a one-hitter. Wright allowed just an infield dribbler in the fifth inning for the Bears' lone hit of the day.
Junior Jennilee Huddleston was on fire in the opening tournament, and leads the Hoosiers with a .417 batting average and four runs scored through five games. Senior Rachel Terry is second on the squad with a healthy .357 average, while redshirt junior Tory Yamaguchi has put together a .308 average to go with a team-leading .769 slugging percentage.
Both Huddleston and Yamaguchi boast OPS (on-base plus slugging) percentages over 1.000. Huddleston has turned in an eye-popping 1.283 OPS, while Yamaguchi is second on the squad with a 1.126 OPS.
SCOUTING WESTERN ILLINOIS
The Westerwinds are 2-2 coming into this weekend's play, having dropped their first two games before rebounding with a pair of wins at the Bradley Indoor Tournament on Feb. 17-18. Western Illinois fell to Bradley and Drake on Feb. 17, but topped Drake and Wisconsin-Green Bay the following day to even its ledger.
Nicole Green paces the Westerwinds at the plate with a .625 average, and has amassed a 1.125 slugging percentage in three games played. Courtney Jacobson leads the team in the circle, as she owns a 0.00 ERA and a 1-0 record after twirling a one-hit, five-inning shutout against UW-Green Bay. Jacobson earned Mid-Con Pitcher of the Week honors for her efforts.
SCOUTING BALL STATE
The Cardinals enter the weekend with a 3-7 mark after going 1-4 at the MTSU Tournament from Feb. 23-25. Ball State dropped a pair of contests to Middle Tennessee State and single games to Tennessee State and Morehead State, with its lone win coming against Belmont. BSU gave up at least six runs in each of the five games at the tournament. Kamilah Holle earned Mid-American Conference West Division Player of the Week honors for her performance on the weekend, as she hit .428 with two home runs, six RBIs and three stolen bases.
Abby Gross leads the squad with a .455 average and is slugging a robust .818. Holle leads the team with 12 RBIs, while Kelli Jeziorski is right behind her with 10. Elizabeth Milian leads Ball State in the circle with a 2.49 ERA and a 1-2 record, while Amanda Pick is 2-2 on the season. Opponents are hitting a healthy .335 against Cardinal pitchers.
SCOUTING SOUTHERN ILLINOIS
The No. 20/22 Salukis enter the weekend with a 12-3 record after an impressive 4-1 showing at the NFCA Leadoff Classic in Columbus, Ga., from Feb. 23-25. Southern Illinois defeated North Carolina and Hofstra on the opening day of the tournament, then downed Auburn on Feb. 24 before dropping a 2-0 contest to No. 13 Michigan. SIU rebounded with a 4-1 win over No. 20 Florida State on Feb. 25 to advance to the Silver Bracket championship, but the championship was not played because of rain.
Katie Wagner leads the club with a .361 batting average, four home runs, 11 RBIs and a .722 slugging percentage. Ashley Hamby has been magnificent in the circle, posting a 0.98 ERA and a 7-1 record.
The Hoosiers and Salukis met on Feb. 16 at the Crowne Plaza Classic in Houston, Texas, with then-unranked SIU emerging with a 6-2 win.
Redshirt junior Tory Yamaguchi, who missed all of last season with illness, returned to the Hoosier lineup with a vengeance at the Crowne Plaza Classic in Houston, Texas, on Feb. 16-18, collecting four hits in 13 at bats for a .308 average. The catcher from Woodland Hills, Calif., scored three runs on the weekend and hit a pair of home runs. She collected 10 total bases to lead the team with a .769 slugging percentage.
Juniors Jennilee Huddleston and Tory Yamaguchi hit back-to-back home runs in the top of the fourth inning against Southern Illinois on Feb. 16, marking the first time this season that a Hoosier duo had done so.
2006 IN REVIEW
Indiana went 30-25-1 last season, with an 8-9 record in the Big Ten, earning the program's first NCAA Tournament berth since the 1996 season.
Indiana went 1-2 in the postseason, winning its first game, against Utah, before falling to No. 3 Texas and Utah to be eliminated.
The Hoosiers return 14 letterwinners from that squad, but lost their top two pitchers and top two hitters from last season. Senior Rachel Terry is the top returning batter, as she hit .299 to rank third on the squad last season. Classmate Kim Richards led Indiana in RBIs last year with 32, and had a .270 batting average. Christy Wahl is IU's lone returning pitcher, as the senior went 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA in four appearances last year.
Third-year head coach Stacey Phillips brought in eight newcomers for 2007, including five freshmen and three transfers. 2005 All-Big Ten selection Tory Yamaguchi also returns after missing last season with illness.
INDIANA TAKES ON THE POLLS
The Hoosiers have eight teams on the 2007 schedule that have appeared in both major polls this season. 2007 IU opponents LSU, Massachusetts, South Florida, Louisville, Northwestern and Michigan were ranked in both the USA Today/NFCA and ESPN.com/USA Softball preseason top 25 polls, while Southern Illinois and Georgia Tech have both jumped in since then. Indiana was 2-8-1 against ranked opponents last season, picking up wins over No. 15 Nebraska and No. 25 North Carolina and tying No. 10 Oklahoma. Five of the eight losses came against Big Ten competition, including three to Michigan and two to Northwestern.
With their 3-0 win over Centenary on Feb. 16, the Hoosiers improved to 21-12-1 all-time in season-opening contests, dating back to the 1974 season, Indiana's first as a varsity program.
The Hoosiers head down to Florida for the first of three Spring Break tournaments. Indiana will face Georgia Tech, Massachusetts, Illinois-Chicago, Northern Illinois and Texas Tech at the adidas Invitational in Clearwater from March 8-11.