Indiana Classic Info
March 20, 2003
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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. Indianas 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, wasnt 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 Indianas 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 Womens 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 Indianas 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 Indianas 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
Stormy Hanson, Katie Joy, Heather Suca
Kristine Dugan, Dawn Ramynke, Abby Stark, Heather Stillians, Valerie White
Ashley Griffiths, Katie Witham
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