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    News Update

    March 20, 2003


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    Hoosiers Host Indiana Classic: Indiana returns to the IU Softball Field this weekend as it hosts the Indiana Classic. IUPUI and the University of Detroit Mercy are the other participants. The Hoosiers enter tournament action with an 8-10 overall record, after splitting a doubleheader with Bradley this past Tuesday.

    Detroit Mercy, who is a member of the Horizon League, currently maintains a 9-6 record. Its most recent action was last Sunday when the Titans defeated Valparaiso, 12-10, and lost to Western Kentucky, 9-6 (8 inn.), in Bowling Green, Ky.

    IUPUI (12-15) is returning to Indiana after playing 10 games in five days at the Rebel Games in Orlando, Fla. After losing its first five games on the road trip, the Jaguars won four of its last five contests with victories over Farleigh Dickinson, Yale, Wisconsin-Green Bay, and Lafayette.

    Recap of the Bradley Twinbill: For the fourth consecutive time, Indiana split two games on a single day as the Hoosiers lost to Bradley, 5-4, in the first game of this past Tuesday’s doubleheader before outslugging the visiting Braves in the nightcap, 10-6, under rainy skies at the IU Softball Field. The brightest light for the Hoosiers throughout Tuesday's action was freshman Lauren Hines, who recorded her first collegiate home run in the first game and notched four hits in six at-bats, to go along with two runs scored, and four RBI on the day. Senior Stormy Hanson notched three hits in six at-bats, including two doubles and a triple, in addition to scoring three runs and recording two RBI.

    Scouting Detroit Mercy: Detroit Mercy was picked by the league coaches to finish third in the Horizon League. With 21 victories in 2002, the Titans recorded their most victories in a season since 1994. In doing so, head coach Bob Wilkerson was recognized as the Horizon League Coach-of-the-Year, recently graduated Krista Peters was the conference player-of-the-year, and current sophomore Anna Ollgaard was tabbed Newcomer-of-the-Year for her efforts on the mound and in the outfield. Ollgaard joins junior Andrea Sikora and freshman Kristin Martin, all of who have recorded 10-or-more RBI this spring, as the Titans’ offensive leaders. Sikora leads Detroit with seven extra-base hits, including four doubles and three triples. Seven Titans have logged time on the mound, with freshman Lindsay Roy (30.1 IP; 3-1) and Adrienne Baran (29.0) seeing the most action.

    Scouting the IUPUI Jaguars: IUPUI was picked by the league coaches to finish fifth in the Mid-Continent Conference. Junior outfielder Brandy Moser-Salisbury was a second-team All-Mideast Region by the NFCA in 2002 after leading the Jaguars in batting average (.362), hits (47), at bats (130), runs (20), doubles (16), on-base percentage (.425), total bases (68), and slugging percentage (.523). She also tied for the team lead in stolen bases.

    Indiana vs. IUPUI and the Mid-Continent Conference: Indiana has notched a 3-0 record against the Jaguars and has never surrendered a run in three previous games (20-0). The two teams met in 1983 (4-0), 1984 (7-0), and 2002 (9-0). IU has recorded a 25-6 all-time record against teams from the Mid-Continent Conference.

    Indiana vs. Detroit Mercy and the Horizon League: The Hoosiers lead the series between the two teams, 3-0, outscoring the Titans, 7-0. IU holds a 19-6 all-time record against teams who are currently members of the Horizon League.

    Increased Offensive Production: Indiana has recorded 10-or-more runs on three occasions in 2003: a 10-2 win over Eastern Illinois, 12-5 victory over Radford, and a 10-4 triumph over Bradley. The last time Indiana recorded at least three games with 10-or-more runs was 1997 (4).

    Strikeout-to-Walk Ratio: This spring, Indiana pitchers Heather Stillians, Katie Witham, and Megan Roark have allowed only 26 walks, while striking out 76 opponent hitters, in 123 innings pitched. The 2.92 strikeout-to-walk ratio is impressive, especially compared to the 1.15 ratio compiled in 2002.

    Aggressive on the Base Paths: First-year head coach Sara Hayes said upon taking the IU job that her teams would be very aggressive on the base paths. While this year’s team is not blessed with great speed, Hayes has not been afraid to put the IU runners into action.

    Indiana has recorded 25 stolen bases in 32 attempts in 2003. In 18 games, senior Stormy Hanson has stolen 12 bases in 13 attempts.

    In 45 games in 2002, the Hoosiers were successful on only 29 of 46 steal attempts.

    Making Better Contact: Indiana hitters have made a dramatic improvement cutting down on strikeouts in 2003. Indiana batters have struck out once ever 6.57 at-bats, compared to once every 4.66 at-bats in 2002.

    Moving Up the Career Charts:

    • With 29 career doubles, including two during Tuesday's doubleheader vs. Bradley, senior catcher Stormy Hanson has moved into 10th-place on on Indiana's career doubles list passing Kara Manley (28 from 1991-94). Meg Montgomery (31 from 1994-97) is ninth on IU's career doubles list.

    • Senior infielder Heather Suca needs to draw 19 walks to move into a fifth-place tie with Amy Lonigro (1994-97) on the career walks list with 68.

    Double Plays: Indiana has already turned six double plays in 2003, compared to only four during the entire 2002 campaign.

    Hanson Begins Season on Torrid Pace: Senior catcher Stormy Hanson is off to a tremendous start in 2003. In 18 games this season, the Las Vegas, Nev., product leads the Hoosiers in almost every offensive category, having recorded a .439 batting average (second to Lauren Hines’ .455) with eight doubles, three triples, two home runs, and 13 RBI. She is nearly perfect on the base paths, stealing 12 bases in 13 attempts.Freshman Phenom: Freshman designated player Lauren Hines (Auburn, Ind./DeKalb) has made a tremendous adjustment to collegiate pitching thus far in 2003 as she presently leads the team in batting average (.455), is tied for second on the team in doubles (4), and is also second in RBI (12). She has hit safely in six of her last seven games. Hines, along with senior catcher Stormy Hanson, were both named to the All-Tournament Team at the Charleston Southern Invitational.

    Hanson Named Big Ten Player-of-the-Week following New Mexico State Invitational: The Big Ten Conference recognized Indiana senior catcher Stormy Hanson as its co-Player-of-the-Week in the sport of softball for the week ending Sunday, February 16. Hanson shared the award with Wisconsin senior centerfielder Erin Barnharst.

    Hanson was named to the New Mexico State Tournament All-Tournament Team following a five-game stretch in which she hit .625 (10-for-16) and racked up seven runs and six RBI. For the week, she posted a 1.250 slugging percentage and was a perfect 5-for-5 on stolen-base attempts. Hanson is Indiana's first Big Ten Player-of-the-Week in softball since 1996.

    A Look Back at 2002: The 2002 softball campaign closed the books on the Diane Stephenson Era at Indiana University. Although Indiana had the offensive firepower to compete with just about anyone, inconsistent pitching and untimely defensive miscues haunted the Hoosiers throughout most of the campaign.

    Indiana showed the ability to hit the long ball throughout the year as its 26 home runs as a team was the third-best total in school history. Remarkably, eight different IU players recorded home runs. Indiana’s run production in 2002 was its highest total since 1997.

    With its increased production, Indiana often found itself in tight games throughout the year but suffered a number of late-inning defensive collapses that cost the Hoosiers a number of victories.

    The season, however, wasn’t without its bright spots.

    Indiana defeated two eventual NCAA Tournament participants, a 5-4 victory over Boston University at Fresno State and a 6-3 win over the Purple Aces of the University of Evansville.

    It was, however, close losses that defined Indiana’s season. Indiana lost one-run games to both Ohio State and Michigan during the Big Ten campaign, both of whom made the NCAA Tournament. Michigan would go on to make the Women’s College World Series. At the Fresno State Invitational in March, the Hoosiers lost 2-1 to Cal Poly and suffered a 2-1 (9 inn.) setback against San Diego State.

    After earning a tie and a win vs. New Mexico to begin the 2002 campaign, Indiana lost its next seven contests before winning seven of its next 10 games, including a doubleheader sweep at Bradley and wins over Northern Illinois, Ball State, Valparaiso, Loyola (Chicago), and Butler.

    Individually, senior Brooke Monroe capped a stellar career by earning third-team All-Big Ten honors as a utility player as she hit .306 in Big Ten play, to go along with three home runs and four doubles. Monroe saw action at catcher, third base, and shortstop.

    During her career, Monroe earned 1st-team All-Big Ten honors at catcher in ’01. In addition, she finished fourth on Indiana’s career home run list (24) and fifth on the career RBI list with 94.

    Other seniors included pitcher Alison Cooke and outfielder Monique Bullock. Cooke finished her career ranked third on Indiana’s career strikeouts list with 258. She threw a no-hitter vs. Miami (Ohio) in 2001.

    IU Roster Breakdown
    The Indiana roster breakdown by class and by state is as follows:

    Roster By Class
    Senior (3)
    Stormy Hanson, Katie Joy, Heather Suca
    Junior (5)
    Kristine Dugan, Dawn Ramynke, Abby Stark, Heather Stillians, Valerie White
    Sophomore (2)
    Ashley Griffiths, Katie Witham
    Freshman (4)
    Abby Ellis, Abby Page, Lauren Hines, Megan Roark

    Roster By State
    Alabama (1): Katie Joy; Arizona (1): Katie Witham; California (5): Ashley Griffiths, Dawn Raymynke, Megan Roark, Heather Stillians, Valerie White; Illinois (1): Heather Suca; Indiana (3): Abby Ellis, Lauren Hines, Abby Page; Nevada (2): Kristine Dugan, Stormy Hanson; Washington (1): Abby Stark.

    The IU Assistant Coaches: First-year head coach Sara Hayes’ staff will include Mickey Dean and Kathy Morton.

    Dean is entering his first season in Bloomington after spending the 2002 season as the top assistant at the University of Akron. Prior to his stint in the Mid-American Conference, Dean led Lake City (Fla.) Community College to the 2001 NJCAA National Championship. Prior to Lake City, Dean guided Orange County (Va.) High School to back-to-back AA state championships in 1998 and 1999. He is an assistant coach on the Venezuelan National Team.

    Kathy Morton is also in her first season as a member of the Indiana coaching staff after spending the 2001 and 2002 seasons as an assistant at the University of Florida. She was a two-time All-America outfielder at Louisiana-Lafayette.

    Academic Success: In 2002, eight Indiana softball players earned Academic All-Big Ten honors, tying the highest number in IU softball history. Katie Joy, Abby Stark, Heather Suca, and Valerie White are all returning Academic All-Big Ten performers.

    The Indiana Softball Philosophy: Provide an empowering environment within which student-athletes have the opportunity to excel academically, achieve athletically, experience great things on and off the field of play, and grow into themselves in healthy, safe environment.

    Hoosier Staff Goals
    The Hoosier Staff Goals are as follows...
    • Graduate ALL Indiana Softball Players
    • Win a National Championship
    • Win a Big Ten Championship
    • Secure No. 1 Recruiting Class in the Nation
    • Earn 3.2 Cumulative Grade Point Average
    • Cultivate Alumni and Friends




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