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    April 3, 2003

    HOOSIERS TO HOST MINNESOTA AND WISCONSIN IN BIG TEN PLAY BEGINNING FRIDAY

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    Coming Up
    Fri., April 4 vs. Minnesota 3:00 p.m.
    Sat., April 5 vs. Minnesota 12:00 p.m.
    Sun., April 6 vs. Wisconsin 12:00/2:00 p.m.

    Recent Games
    Wed., April 2 at Wright State W, 3-0
    Wed., April 2 at Wright State W, 7-3
    Sun., March 30 at Penn State (DH) Cancelled
    Sat., March 29 at Ohio State L, 9-0
    Fri., March 28 at Ohio State L, 8-1

    Hoosiers Open Home Big Ten Play this Weekend: Indiana returns to the IU Softball Field beginning Friday as it hosts Minnesota and Wisconsin in Big Ten action. Under first-year head coach Sara Hayes, Indiana enters this weekend’s action with a 14-14 overall record, including an 0-2 mark in Big Ten play. The .500 record after 28 games is Indiana’s best start since 1997. Last spring, Indiana began conference play with a 9-10-1 record but lost 20 of its final 24 games.

    On Friday at 3:00 p.m., Indiana hosts Minnesota at the IU Softball Field. The Golden Gophers currently maintain a 20-10-1 overall record, including an 0-2 mark in the Big Ten, after dropping two games at Iowa this past weekend. Minnesota has played a demanding schedule this spring, which has included two games against defending national champion California, and additional contests against ninth-ranked Cal. State Fullerton, No. 21 Oregon, Pacific, second-ranked Arizona, and No. 3 Washington. The Gophers dropped a one-run decision to the seventh-ranked Cal Bears, defeated Fullerton, 1-0, and tied Washington, 5-5. (all rankings are current as of 3/31).

    The Hoosiers will also play a single game against Minnesota on Saturday, with the first pitch scheduled for noon.

    On Sunday, Indiana hosts Wisconsin for a doubleheader that also begins at noon. The Badgers have compiled an 11-14 overall record this spring, including an 0-2 mark in Big Ten play, after dropping two games at Iowa this past Sunday.

    Much like the Golden Gophers, Wisconsin has also played a highly demanding schedule in 2003, having played No. 2 Arizona, No. 4 Oklahoma, No. 5 Texas, No. 20 Ohio State, and highly regarded Pacific and Fresno State. Minnesota won two non-conference games against Ohio State during a tournament in Hawaii in late March.

    The Hayes File: For the first time since 1988, Indiana is under the direction of a head coach other than Diane Stephenson. On July 22, 2002, Indiana named Sara Hayes as the sixth head softball coach in school history.

    It hasn’t taken Hayes long to make her mark as the Hoosiers, with a 14-14 mark, are off to their best start since 1997.

    Hayes takes over the helm of the Indiana program after spending the last two seasons as the head coach at the University of Northern Iowa. As an assistant coach at DePaul from 1995-00, Hayes helped lead the Blue Demons to a 265-97 overall record, which included back-to-back College World Series appearances in 1999 and 2000.

    One of the finest softball players in the history of the University of Notre Dame, Hayes was a three-time All-Mideast Region honoree and was selected as team MVP as both a junior and senior as she led the Irish to back-to-back NCAA bids.

    Scouting Minnesota: The Golden Gophers currently maintain a 20-10-1 overall record, including an 0-2 mark in the Big Ten after dropping two games at Iowa this past weekend.

    Minnesota has played a demanding schedule this spring, which has included two games against defending national champion California, and additional games against ninth-ranked Cal. State Fullerton, No. 21 Oregon, Pacific, second-ranked Arizona, and No. 3 Washington. The Gophers dropped a one-run decision to the seventh-ranked Cal Bears, defeated Fullerton, 1-0, and tied Washington, 5-5. (all rankings are current as of 3/31).

    Minnesota is led by pitchers Angie Recknor and Piper Marten, both of whom have been dominant this spring. A senior lefthander, Recknor has compiled a 10-3 record and has allowed only 49 hits in 66 1/3 innings, while walking only 17 and striking out 61. Opponents are hitting at only a .199 clip against the Minnetonka, Minn., product.

    Marten, a first-team all-region and third-team All-Big Ten selection as a sophomore in 2002, set Minnesota’s single-season strikeout record with 301 last spring. To date, she has recorded 691 career strikeouts. At the 2002 NCAA Tournament, she earned a 2-1 victory over Princeton. In 2002 alone, she notched eight shutouts and four no-hitters, including two perfect games.

    This spring, Marten (9-7) has allowed only 67 hits in 106 innings pitched, while striking out 141 and walking only 22 (a remarkable 6.4 strikeout to walk ratio).

    Offensively, the Gophers are led by senior third baseman Jordanne Nygren, a second-team All-Region selection in 2002. This spring, the Farmington, N.M, product –– where she was a high school teammate of Marten –– has notched a .374 batting average, to go along with seven doubles, eight home runs, and 28 RBI.

    Minnesota hits .271 as a team, while opponents have batted at only a .196 clip against Gopher pitchers.

    Indiana vs. Minnesota - The Series: Indiana holds a 38-34 series lead between the two softball programs, although the Golden Gophers have won 17 of the last 21 meetings between the two schools, including 8-0 and 4-0 shutout victories in Minneapolis last spring. The two teams split two-game series in both 2001 and 2002.

    During the 2002 meetings in Minneapolis, Golden Gophers pitchers thoroughly stymied Indiana hitters, allowing only seven hits and no runs in 12 innings pitched. Minnesota cruised to an 8-0, five-inning victory in the first game as Marten allowed only two hits and struck out six. In the second game of the series, Minnesota led only 1-0 through five innings but scored three runs in the top of the sixth inning to seal the victory. Recknor allowed only five hits, while walking none and striking out four, in the complete game victory.

    Scouting Wisconsin: The Badgers have compiled an 11-14 overall record this spring, including an 0-2 mark in Big Ten play after dropping two games at Iowa this past Sunday.

    Much like the Golden Gophers, Wisconsin has also played a highly demanding schedule in 2003, having played No. 2 Arizona, No. 4 Oklahoma, No. 5 Texas, No. 20 Ohio State, and highly regarded Pacific and Fresno State. Minnesota won two non-conference games against Ohio State during a tournament in Hawaii in late March.

    In another way similar to the Gophers, Wisconsin is paced by a dominant pitcher. Senior Andrea Kirchberg (9-10), a product of Cy-Fair High School in Houston, Texas, has compiled a 0.92 earned run average this spring and has allowed only 76 hits and 17 earned runs in 129 1/3 innings of work, while walking 37 and striking out 186. Opponent hitters have compiled a .173 batting average against the 5-foot-5 righthander.

    In 2002, Kirchberg shut out 2001 NCAA Champion Arizona and No. 12 Michigan. As a sophomore in 2001, she was named to the NCAA regional all-tournament team.

    Offensively, Wisconsin has struggled in 2003, having not scored more than three runs in 20 of 25 games, including a current streak of 16 straight games dating back to February 21. During that stretch, however, the Badgers have allowed two-or-fewer runs 12 times.

    The only Wisconsin hitter with a batting average greater than .284 is Boo Gillette. The sophomore catcher from Ft. Lauderdale is hitting at a .284 clip, to go along with two doubles, one triple, two home runs, and 10 RBI.

    Wisconsin has also only stolen eight bases in 25 games (8-of-10 attempts).

    Indiana vs. Wisconsin - The Series: The Badgers lead the all-time series against Indiana, 9-8, having won eight of the last nine games played between the two teams. The Badgers and Hoosiers were snowed out in 2002. In 2001, Indiana lost two games played in Bloomington by the scores of 5-4 and 2-0.

    Other Big Ten Action this Weekend:

    This weekend’s Big Ten action is as follows:

    Fri., April 4
    Indiana vs. Minnesota (3:00 p.m.)
    Iowa at Michigan (3:00 p.m.)
    Ohio State at Northwestern (3:00 p.m.)
    Wisconsin at Purdue (3:00 p.m.)
    Penn State at Illinois (6:00 p.m.)

    Sat., April 5
    Indiana vs. Minnesota (noon)
    Ohio State at Northwestern (noon)
    Wisconsin at Purdue (noon)
    Iowa at Michigan (1:00 p.m.)
    Penn State at Illinois (noon)

    Sun., April 6
    Indiana vs. Wisconsin (dh, noon)
    Iowa at Michigan State (dh, noon)
    Minnesota at Purdue (dh, noon)
    Ohio State at Illinois (dh, noon)
    Penn State at Northwestern (dh, noon)

    Reaching 800: With a 3-0 victory over Wright State on April 2, Indiana recorded its 800th victory in the history of the softball program. Beginning in 1974, Indiana has compiled a 801-600-6 record, including a 228-238 mark in the Big Ten.

    Peppering the Power Alleys: In 2002, Indiana recorded 53 doubles in 45 games. In 28 games this spring, IU hitters have already recorded 47 two-base hits.

    The Shuffler: If she decides to give up softball coaching, she may be well prepared to be a Vegas blackjack dealer. With a roster that at times has had only 11 available players this season, head coach Sara Hayes has explored and used just about every possible permutation to create her lineup this spring. The following individuals have played more than one position:

    Kristine Dugan -- SS, 3B, RF, 2B
    Stormy Hanson - C, DP
    Lauren Hines - DP, RF
    Abby Page - RF, LF, CF
    Dawn Ramynke - 1B, DP, 3B
    Abby Stark - LF, C
    Heather Stillians - P, RF, 3B, 2B
    Heather Suca - SS, 3B
    Katie Witham - P, RF, 2B
    Valerie White -RF, LF, 1B, CF
    All Three IU Pitchers Have Hit; Witham and Roark have served as pinch runners

    Ode to Joy: While every player has shown improvement in 2003, senior centerfielder Katie Joy, along with junior Valerie White, may have made the biggest leap forward from last spring to this year’s campaign. Always a solid defender with an above-average throwing arm, Joy has become a much more difficult out at the plate. During a doubleheader vs. Indiana State on March 26, the Pell City, Ala., product recorded her first career home run. During the day's two games, she notched four hits in seven at-bats with a run scored, a double, home run, two RBI, two walks, and a sacrifice. She also notched one of Indiana’s three hits in the second game of a doubleheader at Ohio State and doubled and drove in a run in IU’s 7-3 win at Wright State on April 2.

    Offensive Improvement: IU has scored 117 runs over its first 28 games in 2003. One year ago, the Hoosiers only scored 138 runs in 45 games and did not score their 117th run until their 36th game of the season. IU has scored eight-or-more runs in five games this spring and has scored 10-or-more runs on four occasions. The last time Indiana scored 10-or-more runs in four different games in the same season was 1997. In 1995 and again in ’96, Indiana scored 10-or more runs on five different occasions.

    Tougher Outs: In 2002, Indiana batters struck out 242 times in 1,130 official at-bats, which was an average of one strikeout every 4.67 official at-bat. This season, Indiana has cut its number of strikeouts to 125 in 771 at-bats, an average of one strikeout every 6.17 at-bats.

    The Perfect Storm(y): Senior catcher Stormy Hanson is off to another excellent start in 2003. Although hampered by a hamstring injury that forced her out of her catcher role and into the designated player slot in the lineup for four games from March 23-26, the Las Vegas product leads the team in the following offensive categories: batting average (.419), hits (36), runs (24), doubles (10), triples (3), home runs (6), RBI (22), slugging percentage (.814), and stolen bases (13). She recorded solo home runs in both games of a doubleheader at Wright State on April 2.

    Extra-Inning Magic: Teams may be advised to not allow their games to go to extra innings against the Hoosiers. Indiana is 4-0 in extra inning games this season and has outscored its opponents 18-2 in the eighth and ninth innings in 2003. Indiana has also outscored its opponents 16-11 in the fourth inning but only notched 10 runs in the third inning all season, while IU’s opponents have scored 26 in that stanza.

    Setting the Table: Along with Katie Joy, junior Valerie White has made tremendous strides in just one season. Playing with much more confidence, the lefthanded leadoff hitter from Torrance, Calif., is hitting .291 in 2003, with five doubles, one home run, and eight RBI. She has a solid .327 on-base percentage and has reached base in 26 of her last 27 games. She has walked four times and has only struck out nine times in a team-leading 103 plate appearances. Leading off an inning, White is hitting .432, with 19 hits in 44 at-bats. She recorded the first home run of her career during a 5-0 defeat of Detroit Mercy on March 22. She delivered a run-scoring single during Indiana’s 3-0 win at Wright State on April 2.

    Aggressive on the Basepaths: In 24 games, Indiana baserunners have recorded 37 stolen bases on 47 attempts in 2003. In 45 games in 2002, Indiana only stole a total of 29 bases in 46 attempts. Senior catcher Stormy Hanson leads the Hoosiers with 13 stolen bases in 15 attempts, while freshman Abby Page has stolen nine bases in 12 opportunities.

    Better Control: At the earlier stops during his coaching career, pitching coach Mickey Dean has earned a national reputation for his ability to effectively handle young pitching staffs. His short stint at Indiana has been no different and one of the primary reasons for increased production has been the ability of the IU staff to throw strikes. Junior Heather Stillians, sophomore Katie Witham, and freshman Megan Roark have allowed only 42 walks in 192 innings (1 walk every 4.57 innings pitched) and have recorded a strikeouts to walk ratio of 3.02:1, with 127 strikeouts and only 42 walks. In contrast, Indiana pitchers walked one batter every 3.2 innings pitched in 2002, while recording a 1.15:1 strikeout:walk ratio.

    Freshman Phenom: True freshman Lauren Hines has made a relatively easy adjustment to collegiate softball. In five games at the University of South Florida Tourney, Hines recorded 7 hits in 14 at-bats, to go along with three doubles and four RBI. She hit .429, with three hits in seven at-bats, at the New Mexico St. Invitational. For the season, Hines is hitting .355 with five doubles, one triple, and two home runs. She has also drawn nine walks. She notched the first home run of her career during a 5-4 loss to Bradley. She hit her second home run of the season during a 15-9 win at ISU on March 26. During a 3-0 win over Wright State on April 2, scored the eventual game-winning run when she scored on a triple and an error to provide the Hoosiers with a 1-0 lead over the Raiders in a 3-0 victory.

    Explosive Innings: Indiana’s seven runs in the top of the eighth inning of a 12-5 victory over Radford (2/23/03) at the USF Invitational were the most runs the Hoosiers have scored in a single inning since the Hoosiers scored eight runs in the bottom of the fifth inning of a 12-4 victory over Northern Illinois on March 16, 2002. IU did not score seven-or-more runs in any inning during the entire 2001 campaign. Indiana tallied eight runs in the top of the eighth inning of a 15-9 victory at Indiana State on March 26. The Hoosiers notched four runs in the top of the sixth inning to break open a 3-3 tie in a 7-3 win over Wright State on April 2.

    IU Roster Breakdown:
    The Indiana roster breakdown by class and by state is as follows:

    Roster By Class
    Senior (3)
    Stormy Hanson, Katie Joy, Heather Suca
    Junior (5)
    Kristine Dugan, Dawn Ramynke, Abby Stark, Heather Stillians, Valerie White
    Sophomore (2)
    Ashley Griffiths, Katie Witham
    Freshman (4)
    Abby Ellis, Abby Page, Lauren Hines, Megan Roark

    Roster By State
    Alabama (1): Katie Joy; Arizona (1): Katie Witham; California (5): Ashley Griffiths, Dawn Ramynke, Megan Roark, Heather Stillians, Valerie White; Illinois (1): Heather Suca; Indiana (3): Abby Ellis, Lauren Hines, Abby Page; Nevada (2): Kristine Dugan, Stormy Hanson; Washington (1): Abby Stark.


    The IU Assistant Coaches: First-year head coach Sara Hayes’ staff will include Mickey Dean and Kathy Morton.

    Dean is entering his first season in Bloomington after spending the 2002 season as the top assistant at the University of Akron. Prior to his stint in the Mid-American Conference, Dean led Lake City (Fla.) Community College to the 2001 NJCAA National Championship. Prior to Lake City, Dean guided Orange County (Va.) High School to back-to-back AA state championships in 1998 and 1999. He is an assistant coach on the Venezuelan National Team.

    Kathy Morton is also in her first season as a member of the Indiana coaching staff after spending the 2001 and 2002 seasons as an assistant at the University of Florida. She was a two-time All-America outfielder at Louisiana-Lafayette.

    The “S” Sisters - Stark, Suca, and Stillans

    Stark Spends Time Behind the Plate: With Stormy Hanson ailing because of a hamstring injury, junior Abby Stark moved behind the plate for the Hoosiers during four games from March 23-26. The Vancouver, Wash., product did not let the new defensive duties affect her offensive production as she hit .471 (8-for-17) during her four games behind the plate, along with scoring three runs, and driving in four. She has also notched two doubles. In 26 games played, Stark is hitting .318 with seven doubles, one home run, and 14 RBI.

    Stillians is Far From Stationary: Junior Heather Stillians has not only pitched in 2003, she as also appeared as a rightfielder and has played at third base and second base. The team leader with seven pitching victories (7-6), she leads the staff with a 2.15 earned run average and has allowed 77 hits in 78 innings pitched. At the plate, she has recorded five doubles and one home run, to go along with 11 RBI.

    Putting the Short in Shortstop: At 4-foot-9, senior Heather Suca doesn’t hesitate to talk about the fact that she is one of the shortest Division I athletes in any sport. During her home plate appearances, the lyrics “I wish a was a little bit taller, I wish I was a baller” are played on the public address system at the IU Softball Field. What she may lack in size, she makes up for with hustle and determination. In 2003, Suca is hitting .239 with seven doubles, seven RBI, and a team leading 12 bases on balls. She has an on-base percentage of .372.

    Academic Success: In 2002, eight Indiana softball players earned Academic All-Big Ten honors, tying the highest number in IU softball history. Katie Joy, Abby Stark, Heather Suca, and Valerie White are all returning Academic All-Big Ten performers.
    Softball on the Web: IU softball information may be accessed at www.iuhoosiers.com. Also, Big Ten softball information may be retrieved at www.bigten.org and collegiate softball information may be located at www.nfca.org, which is the National Fastpitch Coaches Association's web site, and www.ncaa.org.

    The Indiana Hoosiers Softball Philosophy: Provide an empowering environment within which student-athletes have the opportunity to excel academically, achieve athletically, experience great things on and off the field of play, and grow into themselves in healthy, safe environment.

    Hoosier Staff Goals: The Hoosier Staff Goals are as follows...
    • Graduate ALL Indiana Softball Players
    • Win a National Championship
    • Win a Big Ten Championship
    • Secure No. 1 Recruiting Class in the Nation
    • Earn 3.2 Cumulative Grade Point Average
    • Cultivate Alumni and Friends

    Moving up the Career Charts: The following individuals will have an opportunity to move into IU’s top 10 career lists:
    • With 31 career doubles, senior catcher Stormy Hanson has moved into ninth-place tie on Indiana’s career doubles list (Meg Montgomery, 31 from 1994-97). She is fifth on Indiana’s all-time career home run list with 15.
    • Senior infielder Heather Suca needs to draw 16 walks to move into a fifth-place tie with Amy Lonigro (1994-97) on the career walks list with 68.

    Other Interesting Notes:
    • Indiana has recorded a double in 14 of its last 16 games and has only gone two games without an extra base hit during this stretch (2-1 win over Stony Brook on 3/8; 9-0 loss at OSU)
    • The Hoosiers have recorded 10-or more hits in four of their last seven games (10, 5, 11, 15, 7, 1, 4, 13) and have notched seven-or-more hits in 11 of their last 14 games
    • An Indiana baserunner has stolen a base in each of the past nine games
    • Every IU player who recorded a plate appearance in Indiana’s 15-9 victory over Indiana State on March 26 recorded at least one hit
    • Junior Valerie White has hit safely in 18 of her last 21 games. The only game she did not hit safely during this stretch, she scored three runs in a 10-6 win over Bradley. After not reaching base in the season opener vs. San Jose State at the New Mexico State Tournament, White reached base in 23 consecutive games before going hitless at Ohio State on March 28.



     

     

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