March 4, 2010
Fullerton, Calif. Host: Cal State Fullerton
Friday, March, 5, 2010
Indiana (5-6) vs. Pacific (4-6) 11:15 a.m. PT
Pacific leads all-time series, 1-0
Indiana (5-6) vs. RV/20 North Carolina (10-3) 1:30 p.m. PT
All-Time series tied, 1-1
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Indiana (5-6) vs. UC Davis (6-7) 9:00 a.m. PT
Indiana (5-6) vs. Cal State Fullerton (3-10) 11:15 a.m. PT
Cal State Fullerton lead all-time series, 3-0
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Indiana (5-6) vs. No. 10/12 Stanford (12-2) 9:00 a.m. PT
Stanford leads all-time series, 1-0
*Live stats can be found at IUHoosiers.com
**Live audio will be available for Friday and Saturday games only
Week 4 Notes PDF
Indiana returns to the West Coast this weekend for the DeMarini Invitational, hosted by Cal State Fullerton. The Hoosiers will take on three teams they saw last season at this tournament (Pacific, Fullerton and Stanford) and two new opponents (UC Davis and North Carolina).
The Hoosiers went 3-1 at the Southern Miss Invitational last weekend, including a pair of run-rule victories. All three pitchers that pitched for Indiana logged a win while Dobson did not allow an earned run in her seven innings.
Freshman Breanna Saucedo led the charge at the plate with six hits and six runs scored while Cassie Gogreve drove in six on a pair of doubles.
As a team, Indiana outscored their opponents, 26-6, in the four games and all of the IU runs came without the benefit of a home run. The Hoosiers were also a perfect 6-for-6 in the stolen base department.
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. Four of the five games this weekend, as travel plans will not allow for Sunday's game to be broadcast.
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 202-221. She has a pair of NCAA Regional appearances to her credit with the Wolfpack.
Pacific head coach Brian Kolze is in his 18th season with the Tigers and has a record of 519-436-1.
North Carollina head coach Donna Papa is in her 25th season with UNC, and has a record of 906-498-5.
UC Davis head coach Karen Yoder is in her sixth season with the Aggies and was 99-181-1 entering this year.
Cal State Fullerton head coach Michelle Gromacki is in her 11th season leading the Titans and had a 367-208-1 mark entering 2010.
Stanford head coach John Rittman is in his 14th season at the helm of the Stanford program, accumulating a record of 562-250-3.
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 53 runs through the first 11 games. Last year through the first 11 games, Indiana had 17 runs to its credit and had been shutout five times. This season, Indiana has scored two or fewer runs just twice and have yet to be shutout.
Junior utility player Sara Olson has been one of the most dangerous Indiana players at the plate through the first seven games. She is hitting .333 with four home runs and nine RBI. At Southern Miss, she had three hits, and all three drove in runs.
After hitting two home runs the first weekend at Kennesaw State, she followed that up with two more the following 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.
Sophomore Samantha Berenter has been locked in at the plate to start the season for the Hoosiers. She leads the team with a .368 average and a .480 on-base percentage and is tied for the lead with four doubles. Last year, the Poway, Calif., native hit .143 in 63 plate appearances.
Freshman Breanna Saucedo was the straw that stirred the drink for the Hoosiers at the plate in Mississippi. She led the team with six hits, including a three-hit effort against Belmont where she also scored three runs. In the first game of the weekend, she had two hits and an RBI out of the leadoff spot in the order.
DOBSON DOES IT
Freshman pitcher Jessica Dobson picked up her first collegiate win in style against Jackson State, holding the Tigers to just one hit over five innings in the Hoosiers 8-0 victory. The lone hit came on a bloop single to center field in the top of the fifth. She also struck out a career-high six in the game.
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 11 games behind the plate and is fourth on the team with a .303 average. She is tied for the team lead with four doubles and nine RBI.
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-18 (33.3 percent) to lead the Big Ten in caught stealing.
Junior outfielder Kelsey Stander has proved to be a terror on the bases for opponents to deal with as she enters her second season with the Hoosiers. This season, she is a perfect 3-for-3 in stolen base attempts, with all three coming against Boise State, tying the IU single-game record. It was the fifth time in school history that a player has stolen three bases in a game and the first since Julia Hamilton did it against Southern University on Feb. 5, 2005.
In her career, Stander is 29-of-30 in stolen base attempts. She was 12-for-12 at Tennessee as a freshman and 14-for-15 last year at Indiana.
Despite the graduation of Emily Bergeson, the most potent bat in the IU lineup last season, the Hoosiers still have seven starters returning and over 73 percent of the at-bats from a season ago. In addition, 77 percent of the runs scored, 73 percent of the hits and 67 percent of the RBI all return to the team this season.
Redshirt senior Monica Wright had one of the best performances of her career last weekend against Oregon in picking up her 27th career win. She was able to keep the potent Duck lineup off balance the entire game and got tremedous defensive effort from everyone on defense. The Morrison, Ill., native pitched her first complete game since May 3, 2008, and earned her first complete game victory since April 27, 2008. Wright allowed four runs on eight hits to go with three striketouts and four walks. She came back and tossed four innings of two-hit softball against Belmont for her second win of the season.
THIRD TIME IS A CHARM
Four different Hoosiers have collected three hits in a game already this season. But the one that had the biggest impact with senior Jennifer Glueckert's third hit of the game against Oregon. The senior had two strikes on her, with two outs and the game-winning run in scoring position, and delivered a sharp single into right field to give the Hoosiers the victory.
Joining Glueckert with three hits in a game are Sara Olson, Bre Saucedo and Amanda Wagner.