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    Indiana Heads To Evansville For Hoosier State Battle

    Go Hoosiers! Emily Bergeson and the Hoosiers hit the road for a non-conference tussle with the Evansville Aces.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Emily Bergeson and the Hoosiers hit the road for a non-conference tussle with the Evansville Aces.
    Go Hoosiers!

    April 1, 2009

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana softball team will hit the road on Wednesday for a mid-week game against the Evanville Aces at 6 p.m. Eastern time. The game was originally scheduled for Tuesday but rain in the area forced a postponement until today. Indiana enters the game with a 5-23 overall record while Evansville is 7-18 overall.

    All-Time Series
    Indiana leads the all-time series 24-6 against Evansville and have won five of the last seven. Last season, the Hoosiers claimed a 7-4 victory thanks to a grand slam from current volunteer assistant coach Tory Yamaguchi. Monica Wright pitched all seven innings and gave up four runs on six hits to get the win.

    A Closer Look At Evansville
    The Aces' offense is led by Krista Price and her .409 batting average and five home runs to go along with a team leading 16 runs scored. Lissa Fehlman has driven in a team-high 19 runs on just 21 hits, including eight doubles. As a team, UE is hitting .260 while opponents hit at a .295 clip. In the circle, Jennifer McKee has received a bulk of the innings (85.1) so far but Kylie Wagner (55.1) and Annie Vincelett (22.1) have also seen their share of innings as well. McKee leads the staff with a 2.95 ERA, eight complete games and 52 strikeouts.

    Last Time Out
    The Hoosiers are coming off a weekend split against Wisconsin at the IU Softball Field, narrowly missing a sweep of the Badgers. In game one, Emily Bergeson hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning to offset the three runs UW put up in their first at bat. The Badgers went on to take a 5-2 lead before Brittany Stein and Sara Olson drove in runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to bring the Hoosiers to within a run. But Wisconsin closed the door on a seventh inning rally and got the win.

     

     

    In game two, Olson was 3-for-3 with an RBI and Bergeson homered again and drove in two runs while scoring a pair of runs as well. The home run could not have come at a better time, with the Hoosiers and Badgers tied at 2-2 in the bottom of the fifth inning. Not only did Olson have a day at the plate, she also pitched all seven innings to earn her fourth victory of the year.

    Evansville last played against Butler last week after their weekend series against Wichita State was cancelled due to rain. The Aces defeated the Bulldogs by a combined score of 15-1 in the doubleheader.

    Indian will return to Big Ten play this weekend with a road trip to Evanston, Ill., to do battle with No. 8 Northwestern. The Wildcats will be the sixth ranked team the Hoosiers have played this season and the fourth team ranked in the top ten.

    April Fool's 2008 Revisited
    April Fool's Day last year was very good to the Indiana softball team, as they pulled out a pair of thrilling wins on the road against Kentucky. In the first game, the Hoosiers scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning to rally for a 5-4 win. But that only set the table for the nightcap.

    First, let's start with the final score: Indiana 16, Kentucky 13. That alone would spark the interest of just about anyone. Then you add in the fact that it was an extra inning game and the intrigue builds that much more. The game seemed to be a normal game as the two teams headed to the fourth inning. In the top of the inning, the Hoosiers scored seven runs on nine hits to take an 8-3 lead. But that lead didn't last long as UK scored six in their half of the inning to retake the lead at 9-8. But the IU bats were not done as they plated five more in the top of the fifth to regain a 13-9 advantage. The Wildcats were trailing by one going to the bottom of the seventh and scrapped that run up to force extra innings. In the only extra frame, the Hoosiers scored three runs and held the Wildcats off the board to earn the win.

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