March 29, 2012
| Indiana (16-15, 1-2 Big Ten) vs. #20 Michigan (22-9, 3-0 Big Ten)
||March 31- April 1, 2012
||Bloomington, Ind. (IU Softball Field)
| Game 1 (Saturday)
||Indiana vs. Michigan 1:00 p.m. ET | GameTracker | Live Video (fee)
| Game 2 (Saturday)
||Indiana vs. Michigan 3:00 p.m. ET | GameTracker | Live Video (fee)
| Game 3 (Sunday)
|| Indiana at Ohio State 2:00 p.m. ET | GameTracker | Live Video (fee)
||Indiana Game Notes
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||Saturday: "FYE Game" - free food, entertainment, cornhole tournament and t-shirt giveaway.
Sunday: April Fools Game - prepared to be fooled!
Indiana will play host to No. 20 Michigan at the IU Softball Field this weekend, starting at 1:00 p.m. ET on Saturday. The Hoosiers are coming off a 1-2 weekend in Columbus last weekend, registering their first win at Ohio State since the 2004 season.
The Hoosiers enter the weekend hitting .298 as a team, good for third-best in the Big Ten while Michigan is not far behind a .281, fifth in the conference.
Shelby Gogreve, getting her first regular playing time after an injury sidelined her for the previous couple weeks, went 4-for-8 at the plate against the Buckeyes. Her sister, Cassie, was 4-for-9 with a pair of doubles.
In the circle, Meaghan Murphy tossed a gem in game two, allowing just one unearned run, as she was able to work around eight hits and four walks.
Jenna Abraham continues to lead the team with a .354 average and is tied for the team lead with five home runs. Cassie Gogreve's 19 RBI leads the team but four other players also have 14 or more RBI on the season.
The Hoosiers have made the IU Softball Field a difficult place for opponents to win, having won 15 straight home games dating back to last season. Indiana won its final 11 home games last year and won the first four last weekend to extend the streak. Entering play this weekend, the streak is the sixth-longest in the country.
Senior second baseman Samantha Berenter has been instrumental to the Hoosiers' offensive success this season and is having a career year at the plate in the process. She has scored 17 runs, hit three home runs and 16 home runs, all of which are career highs.
Although Amanda Wagner has seen her production trail off in recent weeks, she continues to show opponents why she is a feared hitter in the middle of the lineup for IU. Her .302 average with five home runs and 15 RBI are one thing but she has drawn 13 walks to help her .412 on-base percentage.
She is tied for the team lead with five home runs this season. The native of Burbank, Ill., has 16 career home runs and 54 career RBI as she plays her third season.
ALL ABOUT ABRAHAM
Sophomore Jenna Abraham continues to impress at the plate this season, hitting a team-leading .354 with five home runs and 14 RBI - all of which are better than her freshman season when she garnered Third Team All-Big Ten accolades.
In addition to her prowess at the plate, she also robbed a home run in left field against UIC in the seventh inning for the final out of the game - a home run that would have tied the game.
With a pitching staff that is gaining experience by the inning, the Hoosiers have not been fazed by close games so far this year. In games decided by two runs or fewer, the Hoosiers are 8-4. In games that IU has had the lead going into the 7th inning, the Hoosiers are 11-2
HEY MAN, RIGHT IS RIGHT
Junior outfielder Samantha Heyman made one of the most difficult transitions a player can make - moving from the left side of the plate to the right side. And this year the results have been dramatically better, as she is hitting .286 with two doubles and a triple and six RBI. In her first two seasons, she hit .179 with two doubles and eight RBI while batting from the left side.
In addition to that, Heyman has been outstanding in center field, registering 15 career outfield assists.
CASSIE CATCHES FIRE
Fifth year senior catcher Cassie Gogreve is hitting .316 so far this season and has a team-best 19 RBI. At the Phyllis Rafter Memoria in Georgia, the South Pasadena, Calif., native hit her first home run of the season and drove in six runs, including a four RBI game against Saint Louis.
She has also appeared in all 133 games over the last two-plus seasons since she joined the Hoosiers from South Carolina.
CAWLEY-ING THE SHOTS
Freshmen third baseman Shannon Cawley was inserted into the heart of the Indiana order in Georgia and showed that's right where she belonged. Against No. 10 Stanford, the senior smacked a solo home run off All-American pitcher Teagan Gerhart to tie the game and keep the momentum in Indiana's favor. She also hit a towering home run against Central Arkansas and finished the five games in Georgia with six RBI. For the season, Cawley is hitting .321 with three home runs and 14 RBI.