HOOSIERS OPEN BIG TEN PLAY AGAINST NORTHWESTERN
April 2, 1999 HOOSIERS OPEN BIG TEN PLAY AGAINST NORTHWESTERN
GAME INFORMATION: The Hoosiers (13-17) host a three game series with Northwestern (18-15) at the IU Softball Field. The teams play a doubleheader Saturday and a single game Sunday. Action begins at 1 p.m. both days.
THE SERIES: Northwestern leads the all-time series 37-33. The Wildcats took all three games in 1998: 6-0, 7-1, and 6-2.
HEAD COACH DIANE STEPHENSON... is in her 12th season as the Indiana head coach. She has had winning records in seven of her 11 seasons. Stephenson has accumulated a 354-280-3 (.558) career record, including a 147-128 (.534) record in Big Ten play. Her team made the NCAA Mideast Regional in 1994 and finished with a record of 49-16.
EARLIER THIS WEEK: The Hoosiers swept the Miami (OH) Redhawks with 3-2 and 7-4 wins at the IU Softball Field Wednesday.
Senior Khara Good and junior Staci Meek supplied the hits the Hoosiers needed in game two. Meek put IU on the board with a three-run double in the second and Good went 3-for-3, including a three-run homer in the fourth to give IU a 6-0 lead. Good also hit her fourth triple of the season.
Sophomore Jennifer Smith (1-6) used the run support to get her first career win. Smith allowed just two hits and didn't allow an earned run in her complete game performance.
In the first game, the Hoosiers broke the 2-2 tie in the fourth inning as junior Monica Zahasky doubled and came around to score on a wild pitch. IU scored its other two runs in the first inning. Junior Staci Meek led the game off with a double to center, then freshman Brooke Monroe singled to drive Meek in for the Hoosiers first run. Then Monroe moved to second on a sacrifice and scored on a base hit by senior Jaime Thedford. IU freshman Alison Cooke improved to 6-5 on the year by spreading six Miami hits.
INSTANT IMPACT: Freshman Brooke Monroe and junior college transfer Sheri Savko are putting up impresive numbers. Monroe leads the team in hits (29), doubles (7), home runs (4), total bases (50) and slugging percentage (.570). Savko is second on the team in RBI (16) and tied for second in home runs (3). Savko is also perfect in six stolen base attempts.
HITTING FAR, FAR AWAY: The Hoosiers have already matched their home run total of 16 from last year (All-American Monica Armendarez had 13). The power is distributed thoughout the lineup as seven Hoosies have at least one round tripper. Freshman Brooke Monroe leads with four; senior Khara Good and junior Sheri Savko have three each; sophomore Melissa Narewski has two; and senior Jaime Thedford, junior Staci Meek, and sophomore Erica Del Toro have cleared the wall once each.
CAN'T STOP THEIF: The Hoosiers are 36-of-48 (.750) in stolen base attempts this year. Senio Khara Good and junior Sheri Savko are both perfect at 6-for-6. Junior Staci Meek leads the team in robberies, with 12 stolen bases in 16 tries. Good has also been successful on 19 consecutive attempts dating back to April 10, 1998 at Wisconsin. Good was last caught April 8, 1998 at Michigan State.
HITTS ARE KEY: The Hoosiers are 8-3 when getting more hits than their opponent.
ON THE UPSWING: The Hoosiers have already matched last season's win total. IU was 13-31-1 in 1998 and already have 13 wins (13-17) in the 1999 campaign.
HOOSIERS IN THE BIG TEN: (As of April 1) Brooke Monroe is tied for third in home runs (4) and doubles (7). Monroe is also ninth with 20 RBI. Sheri Savko is tied for third with two triples and is tied for fifth in home runs with three. Khara Good leads the league with four triples and is tied for fith in home runs (3). Teresa Martinez is sixth in innings pitched (86.1) and tied for sixth with three shutouts. Alison Cooke is eighth with 82.1 innings of work.
WALK OF LIFE: Juniors Monica Zahasky (9 walks) and Staci Meek (12) are hitting .242 and .294, respectively, but have used a good eye to register .333 and .384 on-base percentages, respectively.
TRISH BOYD: singled and scored in game two at Butler...scored as a pinch-runner against Indiana State and Northern Iowa.
MONIQUE BULLOCK: scored twice in the second game vs. Miami (OH)...singled and stole second in game one against Indiana State...1-for-2, one run, and a sacrifice vs. Yulsa...scored in the Alabama contest.
ALISON COOKE: spread six hits in a complete game, 3-2 win over Miami (OH) in the first game of the twinbill...complete game three-hitter vs. Butler (game two)...complete game two-hit shutout in game two of the Indiana State doubleheader...allowed five hits and one earned run in 4.2 innings for the Win vs. Iowa State...complete game 2-1 win in game one at Chattanooga.
ERICA DEL TORO: hit 2-for-3 and scored twice in the second game against Miami (OH)...went 2-for-3 with two RBI the first game againsy Butler...3-for-3 in the doubleheader vs. Indiana State, including a double and a triple and two RBI in game two...one for two with a walk in the Pittsburgh game...two-run homer and six assists vs. Drake.
KHARA GOOD: 3-for-3 with four RBI, including a triple and a three-run homer in game two vs. Miamai (OH)...doubled, scored twice, and had one stolen base in game two at Butler...3-for-5 with a double, 2 RBI, a sacrifice, and a run scored in the Indiana State doubleheader...hit a solo homer and scored another run vs. Northern Iowa...went 2-for-4 and scored vs. Western Michigan...walked twice, doubled and scored against Iowa State...2-for-3 and a run scored in the first game at Chattanooga...singled, triple, scored, and had one RBI vs. Alabama...tripled and scored against Pittsburgh...walked and a stole second vs. Drake.
SHANA GUDGEL: 1-for-2 against Northern Iowa...1-for-1 and a walk in the second game vs. Missouri.
TERESA MARTINEZ: pinch-hit, RBI single in the second game at Butler...struck out six batters and allowed just two hits in a complete game win at Butler (game one)...allowed one run in five innings vs. Drake...complete game two-hit shutout vs. Northern Iowa...complete game shutout in the 1-0 win at Missouri...allowed two hits in four shutout innings in game two at Chattanooga...threw a four-hit shutout against Alabama...allowed just one earned run vs. Drake.
STACI MEEK: hit a three-run double in the second game vs. Miami (OH)...2-for-3, and RBI, and a stolen base in the second game against Illinois State...2-for-3 including a double, three RBI, and a run scored in game one at Butler...3-for-6 and two stolen bases in the doubleheader vs. Indiana State...2-for-3, including an RBI double in the 1-0 win at Missouri...singled, scored, and had one RBI vs. Pittsburgh.
BROOKE MONROE: hit 2-for-3, including an RBI double in the first game vs. Miami (OH)...3-for-4 with a homer and four RBI in game two at Butler...went 2-for-4 with a triple and a run scored vs. Drake...2-for-3, witha double and an RBI against Western Michigan...hit a two-run homer in the 2-1 win in game one at Chattanooga...made the All-Tournament team at the Bama Bash by hitting .467 (7 of 15), including a two-run homer and two doubles...had the Hoosiers only hit against Southern Mississippi...4-for-4 with a solo home run, scored twice vs. Pittsburgh.
MELISSA NAREWSKI: two hits and an RBI in the first game against Illinois State...2-for-4 at Butler in game two at Butler...hit a solo home run in game one, then singled and scored in the second game vs. Indiana State...singled in a run against Northern Iowa...doubled for her first collegiate extra base hit vs. Iowa State...singled vs. Alabama.
SHERI SAVKO: 2-for-2, two RBI, two walks, a stolen base, and a run scored in the first game vs. Illinois State...solo homer in game one at Butler, then went 3-for-4 with a triple, an RBI and a run scored in game two...2-for-3, including a two-run homer in game two vs. Indiana State...2-for-4, two RBI, scored once, and stole a base vs. Drake...tripled, scored twice, and had two RBI vs. Northern Iowa...2-for-4, a stolen base, and an RBI vs. Iowa State...a single, a double, and two RBI against Pittsburgh...one hit, one run, one walk, two put outs, and five assists vs Drake.
JENNIFER SMITH: first career victory in game two vs. Miamai (OH), giving up just two hits and no earned runs in the 7-4 complete game win...allowed just two hits and one run in three innings at Chattanooga...one for two against Pittsburgh.
JAIME THEDFORD: singled, doubled, and scored twice in the second game at Butler...doubled and scored in both games of the Indiana State doubleheader...went 2-for-4, drove in a run, and recorded nine putouts against Drake...singled and scored vs. Northern Iowa...2-for-3, with a triple and and RBI vs. Western Michigan...pinch-hit single against Tulsa...hit a solo homer as the Hoosiers captured a 2-1 win to sweep Chattanooga.
MONICA ZAHASKY: singled and scored in the second game vs. Illinois State...1-for-2 vs. Northern Iowa...1-for-2 and walked against Western Michigan...2-for-3 vs. Tulsa...singled against Iowa State...singled vs. Pittsburgh...one for two with a walk, 15 put outs and one assist vs. Drake.
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