Ball State/Indiana State Notes
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - After going 2-2 over the weekend in its first home action of the season, the Indiana softball team will play two single games against in-state rivals this week. On Tuesday, March 22, IU will host Ball State at 3 p.m. The Hoosiers will then travel to Terre Haute, Ind., for a contest against Indiana State on Wednesday, with first pitch slated for 3 p.m. That game was originally scheduled to be a doubleheader, but now ISU will make the trip to Bloomington for a game in April on a date that is stil to be determined.
Indiana will have a week to rest as the Hoosiers next play on Wednesday, March 30, in a home doubleheader against the University of Illinois-Chicago. That contests is scheduled to start at 3 p.m.
SCOUTING BALL STATE
Ball State brings a 6-15 record into Tuesday's action. The Cardinals are coming off a 6-4 victory over Oakland University last Saturday. BSU is hitting .210 as a team and is averaging just over two runs a game. Sophomore outfielder Kelli Jeziorski leads the team with a .333 batting average (20-for-60), 10 RBI and five doubles. She is also tied for the team lead with eight runs scored and two home runs. Freshman second baseman Amanda Pick is second on the squad in hitting at .293 (17-for-58) and is tied with Jeziorski with eight runs scored and two home runs. The Ball State pitching staff, which goes four-deep, brings a 5.70 team ERA into the nonconference game. Junior Nikki Hellem (2-4, 3.95) is the team leader in ERA. In 33 2/3 innings pitched, she has given up 33 hits and 17 walks while striking out 26. Senior Amy Brownfield (2-1, 4.91) leads the team in appearances (11), innings pitched (41 1/3) and strikeouts (30). Fifth-year senior Randi Freese (1-5, 6.42) has made a team-high seven starts notching 28 1/3 innings. Junior Quincy Duran (1-5, 7.39) rounds out the staff with 23 2/3 innings of work on the year. IU leads the all-time match-up at 35-26, but Ball State has won three of the last four meetings, including a 2-1 win last year in Muncie, Ind. The Hoosiers are 113-68 all-time against the Mid-American Conference. Indiana also 2-2 on the year versus the MAC.
GETTING TO KNOW INDIANA STATE
Indiana State (5-10) has lost three in a row and eight of its last nine. The lone win in that stretch was an 8-4 victory at New Mexico on March 13. The Sycamores recently dropped three in a row in its 2005 Missouri Valley Conference opener, falling to Wichita State, 4-1, 7-0 and 9-1 last weekend. ISU will travel for a contest at Kansas on Tuesday before the Hoosiers visit Price Field on Wednesday. ISU is hitting just .222 as a team, but they do feature two of the best hitters in the MVC in junior first baseman Ashley Trover and sophomore infielder Jessica McGivney. Trover leads the team in hitting at .375 (12-for-32), while McGivney is second at .367 (11-for-30), as well as the team leader in home runs (2) and RBI (6). Freshman Darcy Wood (4-5, 3.14 ERA) leads an ISU pitching staff that has a team ERA of 3.65. Wood has made 13 appearances with 10 starts totaling 71 1/3 innings. She has struck out 77 batters and walked 24. Indiana leads the all-time series, which dates back to 10-4 and 11-8 victories in 1975, at 49-18. Last year, the Cream and Crimson took two out of three from the Sycamores, including a two-game sweep at home. IU is also 134-60-1 lifetime against present schools from the MVC, including a 1-1 mark this season.