Hoosiers Set To Open Big Ten Play At Home This Weekend
March 28, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana (7-19) will host No. 6 Michigan (25-3) on Friday and Saturday before Penn State (23-8) comes to the IU Softball Field for a doubleheader on Sunday, starting at 10:30 a.m. Both games against Penn State will be broadcast LIVE on the Big Ten Network.
A QUICK LOOK AT THE WOLVERINES
Samantha Findlay is the most potent offensive threat for Michigan with nine home runs and 30 RBIs to her credit so far this year, along with a .815 slugging percentage and .490 on-base percentage. Dorian Shaw has also show some pop in her bat, slugging six round-trippers for the Wolverines.
Pitching for Michigan has been excellent for Michigan as well this season with Jordan Taylor and Nikki Nemitz combining for a 0.64 ERA. They have allowed just 18 earned runs in nearly 200 innings of work and struckout 229 batters between them.
A QUICK LOOK AT THE NITTANY LIONS
Desi Giordano is batting .311 and leads the team with 23 RBI and is tied for the lead in home runs having drilled four round-trippers so far this season. Six different Nittany Lion players have recorded at least 12 runs batted in and the team has driven in 121 runs while their opponents have been credited with just 49.
The current Big Ten Pitcher of the Week Ashley Esparza has teamed up with Jackie Hill to lead the Penn State pitching staff to a 1.21 ERA. Hill has a 11-3 record going into this weekend and four shutouts while Esparza is 10-5 with three shutouts and 130 strikeouts in 93.2 innings.
THE LAST TIME OUT
There were also some changes to the IU defensive alignment against the Aces. Yamaguchi, normally the starting catcher, got the nod at first base while Brittany Devitt made her second straight start at third base. The regular third baseman, Jennilee Huddleston, moved over to shortstop and Kelli Ritchison continued to get the start in left field, her fourth start of the season, all coming in the past week.
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