HOOSIERS HOST KENT STATE
March 27, 2000 HOOSIERS HOST KENT STATE
Indiana will host a double-header against the Kent State Flashes on Tuesday, March 28, at 2:00 p.m. at the IU Softball Complex.
The Flashes are coached by Karen Linder who is in her third season with Kent State. Last season, Kent finished 34-18-0 overall and 16-2 in the Mid-American Conference. Currently, the Flashes are 5-13 overall after going 0-4 in the Purdue Boilermaker Invitational last weekend.
The Hoosiers lead the series 4-0 over the Flashes. Earlier this season, Indiana defeated Kent State 6-5 at the University of South Florida Gladstones tournament. Sophomore Brooke Monroe hit a three-run in the bottom of the seventh to win the game for the Hoosiers.
On Saturday, Indiana split a double-header with Ball State winning game one 3-2 in ten innings and dropping game two 1-0. The Hoosiers tied the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the seventh when Monique Bullock crossed the plate on an error by Ball State's first basemen. In the tenth, freshman Stormy Hanson hit a single to bring in Staci Meek for the win. Sophomore pitcher Alison Cooke improved her record to 5-6 with the win in game one.
On a Roll
Junior Melissa Narewski is currently on a three game hitting streak. Narewski had one hit against Evansville on March 17 to begin the streak. Against Butler, she connected for two hits in game one and one hit with one RBI in game two.
Freshman Stormy Hanson has also put together a streak of three games with a hit. Hanson had one hit in her last three games.
Senior Staci Meek is also on a three game hitting streak after collecting one hit in versus Butler and in both games against Ball State.
Narewski, Hanson and Meek will look to continue their success at the plate on Tuesday against the Flashes.
Alison Cooks the Competition
Sophomore pitcher Alison Cooke is currently on a three game winning streak after the win over Ball State on Saturday, March 25. Cooke had four strikeouts in the wins over Evansville and Butler. Cooke posts a 1.95 ERA and 5-6 on the year.
Senior Staci Meek has had at least one hit in the last seven of eight games. She has compiled nine hits and six RBI during that stretch. Meek also leads the team with seven stolen bases in seven attempts.
Indiana is currently 3-2 versus Indiana schools. The Hoosiers defeated Evansville 6-3 on Friday, March 17 at Evansville, Indiana. On Tuesday, March 21, Indiana split a double-header with Butler losing 2-1 and then rallying to defeat the Bulldogs 10-2 in the second game. On Saturday, March 25, Indiana split double-header with Ball State winning 3-2 in ten innings and then dropping game two 1-0.
Complete game results will be made available on the web at www.athletics.indiana.edu following the event. They can be viewed and printed out by choosing softball from the main menu. Weekly updates and season best lists can be obtained at www.athletics.indiana.edu all season long.
Diane Stephenson begins her 13th season as head coach for the Hoosiers. She has produced winning records in seven of her 12 seasons. Stephenson has accumulated a 365-319-3 (.534) career record, including a 150-149 (.502) record in Big Ten play. Her team made the NCAA Mideast Regional in 1994 and finished with a record of 49-16.
Assisting Stephenson will be Donna Bonebrake, now in her 5th season, and newcomer Jen McIntyre. McIntyre comes to Indiana from Penn State where she played third base for the Nittany Lions.
Head Coach Diane Stephenson:
"In the games against Ball State, I don't think we played as well as we could have. It was good to come out of that day with a split. I think we need to do a little better job of handling the ball in the infield, but we definitely made the most of our opportunities as far as scoring. In the first game, we came out and hit the ball better. I just wish we could've hit the ball better in the second game. We didn't really put a lot of pressure on them defensively. So today we're going to focus on hitting and we'll also take a lot of ground balls to get our hands moving again. Our kids have great hands and our field is in great condition, so there's no reason that we should be making errors. We just want to stay with the basic fundamentals. That's what we worked on last week and that's going to be our strategy throughout the season."
Trish Boyd: went 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBIs vs. Auburn.
Monique Bullock: went 2-for-3 and scored the tying run in the bottom of the seventh vs. Ball State...scored one run and had one hit vs. St. Peter's College...scored once and stole two bases against Auburn.
Kristen Capista: had one RBI vs. St. Peter's College.
Jessica Carriger: hit her first career homerun vs. Georgia Tech.
Alison Cooke: earned her fifth win in ten innings against Ball State allowing only one earned run...defeated Butler in game two with four strikeouts...picked up the win over Evansville with four strikeout and only one earned run...shut-out Miami-Ohio with five strikeouts in the 2-0 win...struck out four batters vs. No. 2 Arizona...had two strikeouts and allowed five hits with no earned runs vs. No. 10 Oregon State...picked up the win against Kent State allowing only three hits in five innings.
Stormy Hanson: went 1-for-2 versus Ball State...scored two runs and had two RBIs in game two vs. Butler...scored two runs and had two doubles vs. Georgia Tech...went 2-for-3 vs. Akron...had one hit and scored one run vs. No. 2 Arizona.
Lauren Hendrix: had a career high four hits and three RBIs vs. in game two vs. Butler...went 2-for-3 with one RBI vs. Loyola...scored two runs vs. Akron...scored two runs vs. St. Peter's College...went 2-3 against No. 10 Oregon State...scored one run against South Florida...doubled and scored one run against Kent State...doubled and scored one run against Kent State.
Teresa Martinez: earned the win over Georgia Tech...picked the win vs. Troy State with three strikeouts...doubled, had two hits, and two RBI vs. Northwestern State...pitched eight innings with four strikeouts allowing only one earned run...had one hit and one RBI against Auburn.
Lisa Mattke: went 2-for-3 versus Ball State...had one RBI vs. Butler...went 2-for-3 with a double vs. in game two vs. Troy State...went 3-for-4 with one RBI vs. Troy State...scored two runs, had one RBI, and one stolen base vs. St. Peter's College....one hit, one RBI, and one stolen base versus South Florida.
Staci Meek: scored one run and had one RBI in game one versus Ball State...stole two bases vs. Butler...stole two bases and had two RBIs vs. Evansville...stole two bases vs. St. Peter's College....scored one run against South Florida...scored one run and had a stolen base versus Kent State.
Brooke Monroe: scored two runs and had one RBI vs. Butler...tripled vs. Kentucky...went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and scored two runs vs. Troy State...tripled with two RBIs vs. Miami-Ohio...doubled, had two hits, and a career -high five RBI vs. St. Peter's College...had two hits vs. Tulsa...went 3-3 against Kent State with a three-run homerun in the bottom of the seventh to win the game 6-5.
Melissa Narewski: went 2-for-3 in game one vs. Butler...went 2-for-2 with one RBI vs. Akron...went 3-3 with a double, one run, and one RBI against Auburn.
Sheri Savko: went 2-for-5 scoring one run with a triple in game one versus Ball State...hit her first homerun of the season vs. Butler... went 1-for1 with an RBI and a double vs. Georgia Tech...went 3-for-4 with one RBI and two stolen bases vs. Troy State...went 3-for-3 vs. Creighton...doubled with one RBI vs. No. 2 Arizona...one run, one hit, and one stolen base vs. St. Peter's College....one stolen base against Michigan...scored one run, doubled, and stole one base against Kent State...doubled, scored once, and stole a base versus Auburn.
Jenny Smith: went 1-for-1 went a double vs. Miami-Ohio...pitched a shutout against St. Peter's College allowing only two hits.
Heather Suca: doubled scoring one run with one RBI in game two vs. Butler...went 2-for 3 in game one vs. Butler...went 1-for-2 scoring one run with one stolen base vs. Loyola...went 1-for2 and scored one run vs. Evansville...scored one run on one hit vs. St. Peter's College.
Monica Zahasky: one hit with one RBI vs. Northwestern State...tripled,
2 RBI, and scored one run vs. St. Peter's College...stole one base versus
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