Hoosiers Host IU Classic (3-9-04)
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Loyola-Chicago vs. Western Mich.
|Saturday||IU vs. Wright State||11:45 a.m.|
|Saturday||IU vs. Western Michigan||2:00 p.m.|
Wright St. vs. Loyola -Chicago
Western Michigan vs. Wright St.
IU vs. Loyola-Chicago
The Ramblers are coming off a 1-3 weekend at the Rebel Spring Games in Orlando, Fla. Loyola picked up a win against Stetson, 5-2, and lost games to East Tennessee State, 5-3, Bethune-Cookman, 2-0 and St. Bonaventure, 7-3. Overall this season, the Ramblers are 6-8. Indiana holds a 2-1 series advanatge over Loyola-Chicago with the Hoosiers winning, 3-2, the last time the two teams met in 2002.
Scouting Western Michigan
2003 NCAA Tournament participant and MAC Champion Western Michigan is coming off a 3-3 weekend at the Speedline Invitational. The Broncos defeated Illinois, 1-0, Tennessee Tech, 5-2, and UNLV, 4-1. They suffered losses to Villianova, 1-0, Hofstra, 4-0, and Chattanooga, 4-1. On the season, Western Michigan is 8-9. IU will look for its tenth win against the Broncos when the two teams meet on Saturday. Currently, the series stands at 9-9-1 with the Hoosiers winning, 8-1, the last time the two teams met in 1999.
Scouting Wright State
The Raiders played in the Fairfield Inn Flyer Invite in Ohio this past weekend where they picked up wins against Dayton, 4-0, and IUPUI, 8-0. They lost to Ohio State, 8-0, moving their overall season record to 8-5. Indiana holds a 4-1 advantage in the series history between the two teams with the Hoosiers defeating the Raiders, 7-3 and 3-0, when the two teams met last season. Along with Western Michigan, Wright State was also a 2003 NCAA Tournament participant.
In one of the toughest schedules in IU softball history, the Hoosiers have faced four teams ranked in the USA/Today Top 25 poll this season. Most recently, IU went up against No. 2 Arizona and No. 24 Georgia Tech. Although they lost to both teams, the Hoosiers produced solid pitching from the circle and stellar defense from the field.
Indiana faced its first ranked opponent 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.
Indiana also faces 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.
The Cream and Crimson are coming off a solid, 2-2 weekend at the Hillenbrand Invitational in Arizona. After rain cancelled their first game against UTEP, the Hoosiers came back and shutout Northern Iowa, 8-0 in five innings, to conclude play on the first day of the tournament. On day two, Indiana downed North Texas, 8-3, in game one. The Hoosiers then lost the second game, 6-0, after Arizonas Alicia Hollowell, one of the top pitchers in the country, tossed a perfect game, striking out 20 of Indianas 21 batters. On the third day of the tournament, IU lost to No. 24 Georgia Tech, 7-0, when Jessica Sallinger and Sarah Wood combined for a no-hitter, denying the Hoosiers a hit for the second time in as many days.
Senior first baseman Karly McCormack has emerged as the Hoosiers top offensive force. Despite back-to-back no hit games this past weekend, McCormack still hit .500 and had a .800 slugging percentage in Arizona this past weekend. Against North Texas, the senior was 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored. Against North Texas, McCormack was 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Overall, the Antioch, Calif., native is hitting .438 with 21 hits, two homeruns and 10 RBI.
Roark Gets First Win
After several strong starts for the Hooisers, sophomore Megan Roark got her first win of the season against North Texas on Saturday. Prior to the win, Roark pitched 35 innings and two complete games with 34 strikeouts and just 15 walks. Even with Roarks stellar picthing, the Indiana offense could not seem to get any runs for the Pleasant Hill, Calif., native, resulting in an 0-5 start. That changed this weekend when the Hoosiers scored eight runs in the game against North Texas, giving Roark her first win of the season.
When IU took on Northern Iowa on Saturday, head coach Sara Hayes Nottger faced her former team for the first time. Before heading to Indiana in 2002, Nottger was the head coach of the Panters for two years where she compiled a 58-59 record. She is now 1-0 against her former team.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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