IU Prepares for Home Opener

    Go Hoosiers! Sophomore Rachel Terry and the rest of the Hoosiers finally get to play at the IU Softball Field.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Sophomore Rachel Terry and the rest of the Hoosiers finally get to play at the IU Softball Field.
    Go Hoosiers!
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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - After 25 games, five tournaments, three time zones and 5,762 miles worth of travel, Indiana will have its home opener on Saturday, March 19, with a doubleheader against Western Michigan, beginning at 1 p.m. The Hoosiers will then host the IU Classic on Sunday, March 20, with games against IPFW (11 a.m.) and Loyola-Chicago (3:30 p.m.). Inbetween those two games, the Mastodons and the Ramblers will square off at 1:15 p.m.

    The Western Michigan Broncos head into Bloomington on a two-game losing streak and a 4-11 record on the season. The Broncos will be well rested for the Saturday affair after six days off, last playing on March 16 suffering a 6-0 loss to Coastal Carolina at the Speedline Invitational in Tampa, Fla. WMU is hitting just .208 as a team, but they are lead by a big bat in senior Katie Niemi. Neimi leads the team in hitting (.348), hits (16) and runs (6). The Broncos have hit just three home runs on the season and have scored a total of 37 runs, an average of 2.4 runs a game. WMU owns a team ERA of 4.03. Junior Tricia VanDerSlik is the team's top starter with a 2-6 record and a 3.64 ERA. IN 50 innings pitched she has allowed 54 hits and has struck out 32 against 13 walks. Freshman Kyla Sullivan (2-5, 4.42) and sophomore Jenna Stuppy (0-0, 4.42) have also seen action in the circle. Indiana is 9-8-1 lifetime against Western Michigan, downing the Broncos, 8-0, at last year's IU Classic. Indiana is also 112-67-1 lifetime against schools from the Mid-American Conference.

    Indiana is 251-198-1 all-time in home games in Bloomington. Last season, the Hoosiers posted a winning record at home for the first time since the 1997 season, when the Cream and Crimson went 12-6.

    Sophomore Rachel Terry was one of the few Hoosiers to hit in California. The third baseman hit .350 (7-for-20), including a 2-for-4 performance and an RBI against No. 9 Oklahoma, in the team's seven games out west. In her past 12 games, Terry is hitting .303 (10-for-33) with a home run, three RBI and three runs scored.




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