Hoosiers Set To Open Big Ten Play At Home This Weekend

    Go Hoosiers! Jennifer Glueckert (left) and assistant coach Tarrah Beyster
    Go Hoosiers!
    Jennifer Glueckert (left) and assistant coach Tarrah Beyster
    Go Hoosiers!

    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.

    The Michigan Wolverines will bring a 23-3 record and a No. 6 ranking into Bloomington for the Big Ten Opener this weekend. The Wolverines dropped their season opener to Maryland, 2-0 in nine innings, but went on to win 23 of their next 24 games. The lone loss in that stretch came to Drake when the Bulldogs posted a 2-0 shutout. Last weekend Michigan took on three ranked teams at the Judi Garman Classic and won two of three, with the lone loss coming to Fresno State in the first game of the tournament.

    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.

    The Nittany Lions are riding an 11-game winning streak going into Big Ten Conference play this weekend. They are coming off of a pair of doubleheader sweeps this past week against Saint Francis and Bucknell.

    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 Hoosiers picked up their second non-conference home win of the season on Wednesday in a 7-4 win over the University of Evansville Purple Aces. Monica Wright threw her fifth consecutive complete game of the season to get the win and Tory Yamaguchi provided over half the Indiana offense with a grand slam in the fourth inning to break open a 3-2 game. The home run moves the senior to within three home runs of the all-time record at Indiana held by Monica Armendarez.

    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.

    When Indiana and Penn State meet on Sunday morning, both games of the doubleheader will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network starting at 10:30 a.m. This will be the first-ever softball broadcast on the Big Ten Network and the first of two consecutive Sunday's that the Hoosiers will appear on the Network. On Sunday, April 6, Indiana will travel to Madison, Wisc., to take on the Badgers on the Big Ten Network as well with the first pitch slated for 12 p.m. CT.


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