March 21, 2013
A LOOK AT THE BUCKEYES
The Ohio State softball program hosts the opening Big Ten series of the 2013 campaign with an 18-8 record on the year. The Buckeyes are currently riding a six-game winning streak that dates back to March 14, 2013. OSU ranks second in the Big Ten with a team batting average of .313 as a team. They are paced by Taylor Watkins' .402 clip, which ranks eighth amongst B1G batters. As a pitching staff, OSU holds a team ERA of 2.45 and is led by Alex DiDomenico who owns the second-best earned run average of 1.21 ERA and boasts a 7-2 record through 63.2 innings pitched.
The Hoosiers and Buckeyes will meet for the 92nd time in program history. IU leads the all-time series, 56-34-1, and have taken the last three out of five contests. Ohio State came up victorious in the teams' last meeting on March 25 last season, outscoring the Hoosiers 7-2.
LAST TIME OUT
Indiana recently played a single game at No.11-ranked Louisville on March 20 before getting ready to open up big ten play this weekend. The Hoosiers fell 4-1 to the Cards, getting outhit by their host 9-3. Amanda Wagner drove in the only run for IU on a solo shot in the first inning, while Kassi Farmer posted her third career multi-hit game with a 2-for-3 effort. Lora Olson (6-5) pitched well despite the loss, allowing all four runs to cross on two home runs.
WAGNER NAMED B1G POTW
Senior Amanda Wagner was named the Big Ten Conference Player of the Week on Monday, March 18 by the conference office. The award is the second weekly honor for the senior.
Wagner paced the Indiana offense last weekend and helped IU to a 3-0 mark at the 2013 Hoosier Classic. The Burbank, Ill. native extended her hitting streak to five games after collecting multiple hits in each of the Hoosiers' three contests this weekend for remarkable .778 (7-for-9) average. Wagner slugged her way to a 1.333 slugging percentage, driving three of her seven hits for extra bases. On the weekend, she did not strikeout in a single at bat, helping herself to an on-base percentage of .778 through the weekend. Against Toledo, the senior was a perfect 3-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI.
Indiana broke in Andy Mohr field last Friday in winning fashion with a 9-1 win over Toledo in the opening game of the Hoosier Classic. IU continued to defend its home field throughout the weekend, picking up wins against Central Michigan and Illinois-Chicago.
In the inaugural game against the Rockets, the Hoosiers cranked out 12 hits, eight of which in the first inning, with four batters in the lineup recording multiple-hit games. Kelsey Dotson drove in three runs on a 2-for-2 day and blasted the first ball to ever leave Andy Mohr Field on a solo shot in the second inning. Amanda Wagner went 3-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI, while Shannon Cawley drove in a pair after going 2-for-3 at the plate. Lexi Reese scored once for the Hoosiers and doubled and singled as part of her 2-for-2 showing. Meaghan Murphy threw the first 4.0 innings to collect her seventh win of the year. The junior allowed one earned run on five hits while striking out a pair of UT batters. Brooke Boetjer checked into the circle and tossed the final 1.0 innings and struck out one.
Indiana then went on to defeat CMU 2-1, where the Hoosiers edged the Chippewas in the hit column, 5-4, with it was a pair of solo shots that made all of the difference. Wagner drove one out for the second time today in a 2-for-3 outing, while Brianna Meyer hit her second homerun of the year. Lora Olson got the nod for in that game and threw a complete 7.0 innings. The sophomore allowed one earned run on five hits and struck out five.
In IU's 8-0 win over UIC, the Hoosiers lineup plated eight runs for the second time that weekend behind seven knocks, with six different players connecting on hits. Wagner went 2-for-3 this afternoon, while Jenna Abraham and Shelby Gogreve drove in a pair of RBI for IU.
Meaghan Murphy (8-8) gave Indiana 4.0 scoreless innings and held the Flames to just two hits. The lefty struck out six and walked a pair. Brooke Boetjer faced the final three batters, holding them hitless and striking out one.
GARDNER GETS 100
Head Coach Michelle Gardner earned her 100th victory in just her fifth season at the helm of the Indiana softball program on March 8 when the Hoosiers' posted an 8-0, five-inning win over Alabama State at the Tiger Classic. Coach Gardner is just one of three IU head coaches to earn at least 100 wins in program history, as Gayle Blevins posted a 299-144-2 record in her seven-year stint and Diane Stephenson went 402-402-4 through 15 seasons.
• The Big Ten Conference has changed the conferene schedule format for the 2013 season. This year, teams will play three-game series against B1G opponents with single games slated for Friday, Saturday and Sunday against the same opponent. Each team will also play a midweek doubleheader during Big Ten play.
• After a six-year hiatus, the Big Ten Tournament is making its return for the first time since 2006. From 2007-12, only the outright winner of conference play and any at-large bids earned berths into the NCAA Regional; however, the return of the B1G Tournament will now allow an additional opportunity for teams to secure a postseason appearance, as the tournament winner will be granted an automatic bid into an NCAA Regional.