Indiana Returns To Big Ten Play Hosting Wisconsin This Weekend
March 27, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Fresh off a 5-4 win in eight innings over the Indiana State Sycamores on Thursday, the Indiana softball team will play host to the Wisconsin Badgers for a pair of games this weekend at the IU Softball Field. Saturday's games starts at 2 p.m. and Sunday's matchup begins at 1 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT
Indiana (4-22) enters the weekend full of confidence after a rousing 5-4 win over the Indiana State Sycamores on Thursday. IU fell behind early when the Sycamores got a home run from their leadoff batter to give them a 1-0 lead. Indiana squared it at one on an RBI single by Brittany Stein, only to see ISU take a 3-1 lead on a two-run home run off starting pitcher Sara Olson. The Indiana bats were not done as the game entered the final innings, with Jennifer Glueckert drawing Indiana to within a run with an RBI single of her own in the bottom of the sixth inning.
In the seventh inning, IU used an ISU fielding error with two outs to plate the tying run and force extra innings. After the Sycamores scored a run in the top of the eighth, Glueckert hit a shot to center field that was misplayed to allow the tying run to score. Two outs later, with Glueckert standing just 60 feet from a win, freshman Molly Anderson stepped in and delivered with a line drive back up the middle. Not only was it the game-winning hit for the Hoosiers but it was also her first collegiate hit.
LOOKING AT WISCONSIN
Wisconsin (10-20, 0-2) opened Big Ten play last weekend against Purdue dropping both games in the series, 5-0 and 6-0 in West Lafayette. The Badgers have not won their Big Ten opener since a sweep of Ohio State in 2005.
Leading the Badgers offensively is Livi Abney and her .319 average and 10 runs batted in. Letty Olivarez tops the team with 14 RBI and a pair of home runs while also anchoring the pitching staff.
In the circle Olivarez has made 26 appearances this season with a 7-14 record and 2.62 ERA, including 14 complete games and 94 strikeouts. Leah Vanevenhoven is the Badgers second pitcher and has a 3-5 record and 3.41 ERA in 14 appearanaces.
THE LAST TIME THESE TWO TEAMS MET...
They split a doubleheader in Madison with the Hoosiers winning the first game in come-from-behind fashion before the Badgers claimed victory in game two. In game one, the Hoosiers trailed 2-0 going to the top of the seventh inning but found their offensive groove against Olivarez, scoring five runs in the top of the frame and held on for the 5-3 win. Game two saw Sara Olson fanned a career high 10 batters but the Badgers took home a 3-0 win to earn the split.
Wisconsin leads the all-time series with Indiana, 18-12, winning four of the last five meetings.
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