Indiana Back On the Road For USF Under Armour Showcase

    Go Hoosiers! Emily Bergeson
    Go Hoosiers!
    Emily Bergeson
    Go Hoosiers!

    March 12, 2009

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    The Indiana softball team will be making its second trip of the season to the Sunshine State this weekend, this time heading to Clearwater for the USF Under Armour Showcase. The Hoosiers had last weekend off and had a chance to rest up and energized for the final non-conference tournament of the season.

    The Hoosies open play on Friday at 4 p.m. against Florida Gulf Coast before taking on BYU immediately afterwards. Then on Saturday, play begins at 11 a.m. with a tough opponent in Hofstra followed by a matchup with in-state rival Ball State at 4 p.m. They will conclude play at the tournament on Sunday with a 10 a.m. meeting with Florida International.

    USF Under Armour Showcase
    (Clearwater, Fla.)

    Friday, March 13
    Indiana (1-15) vs. Florida Gulf Coast (25-4) • 4:00 p.m. ET I Gametracker
    Indiana (1-15) vs. BYU (14-11) • 6:00 p.m. ET I Gametracker

    Saturday, March 14
    Indiana (1-15) vs. Hofstra (4-8) • 11:00 a.m. ET I Gametracker
    Indiana (1-15) vs. Ball State (5-9) • 4:00 p.m. ET I Gametracker

    Sunday, March 15
    Indiana (1-15) vs. Fla. International (12-13) • 10:00 a.m. ET I Gametracker

    Check out the scored and stats from all the games at the tournament central page: Tournament Central

    Here is a look at Indiana's all-time record against the teams they will play this weekend at the USF Under Armour Showcase (last meeting):

    Florida Gulf Coast..........First Meeting
    BYU.........................1-1 (2004)
    Hofstra.....................0-2 (2003)
    Ball State..................38-29 (2008)
    Florida International.......0-2 (2008)

    Sophomore catcher Brittany Stein put her powerful bat on display at the DeMarini Invitational hosted by Cal State Fullerton, crushing three solo home runs in the five games. She now has four home runs through 16 (38 AB) games this season after hitting one home run in 34 games last year (70 AB).

    In the five games at Fullerton, the Vancouver, Wash., native hit .308 and had a slugging percentage of 1.000 and also put down a perfect sac bunt. She started the weekend in style with a solo home run against No. 5 Stanford and then followed it up with another bomb against UC Riverside later in the day. She then closed the weekend in style with a home run against Cal Poly.

    Junior outfielder Kelli Ritchison was the Hoosiers' top hitting for the weekend at the DeMarini Invitational, going 5-for-14 (.357) with a run scored. She also hit leadoff for the first time in her career against Cal Poly in the weekend finale, going 2-for-4 to extend her hit streak to four games, the best of her career.

    Senior shorstsop Emily Bergeson played the biggest role in earning head coach Michelle Gardner her first win as Hoosier head coach when she hit a grand slam against UC Riverside to put IU ahead 6-0. It was the first grand slam by a Hoosier since Sara Olson did it on April 25, 2008 against Illinois.

    The home run was the 11th of Bergeson's career, moving her to within one of the top ten all time at Indiana.

    Sophomore Kelsey Stander joined the Indiana softball team during the Winter break, but has left a impression on the team in her first couple months. She came to Indiana from the University of Tennessee, where she was a perfect 12-for-12 in the stolen base department. She has continued that perfection at Indiana, as she has not been caught in five attempts so far this season.




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