April 3, 2007
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Date: Wednesday, April 4, 2007
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: Louisville, Ky.
Facility: Ulmer Stadium
After opening Big Ten play last weekend, Indiana will make a quick stop out of conference for a game at Louisville on Wednesday, April 4. The Hoosiers will take on the Cardinals, who were ranked in both major preseason polls, at 5 p.m. at Ulmer Stadium in Louisville.
Indiana and Louisville have met just seven times over the years, with the first meeting coming in 2001. The Cardinals own a 5-2 advantage in the series and have shut the Hoosiers out in the last two contests, 1-0 in 2005 and 2-0 in 2006. Indiana's last win in the series came in 2004, when the Hoosiers earned a 3-2 victory.
SCOUTING THE HOOSIERS
Indiana opened Big Ten play last weekend, going 1-3 against Iowa and Illinois.
Against the Hawkeyes on Friday, March 30, the Hoosiers were held to just three hits in a 4-0 loss. Iowa got on the board with a single run in the first, then added another in the fifth on a solo home run and picked up a pair of insurance runs in the top of the seventh.
Indiana's only three hits came from the top of the order, as leadoff hitter Julia Hamilton had a single in the third, junior Jennilee Huddleston, who hit third, had a double in the first, and sophomore Sarah Padove picked up a single pinch-hitting in the two hole in the seventh.
The following day saw more of the same, as Indiana was again held to just a trio of safeties in a 9-0 loss. Padove again got in on the act with a first-inning single, while junior Anna Olson drilled a double in the second and senior Heather Hohs singled up the middle in the third.
The Hoosier bats finally awoke in game one of Sunday's doubleheader, but Indiana fell by an 11-1 count despite banging out eight hits. Junior Jennilee Huddleston was 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles, while freshman Stephanie Turner came up with a huge RBI double in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Senior Rachel Terry did the heavy lifting in game two, personally rallying the Hoosiers to a 6-5 win. With Indiana trailing 4-3 in the top of the fifth inning, Terry hit a solo shot to center to tie the game at 4.
After the Illini went back on top with a run in the bottom half of the inning, Terry came to the plate with a runner on in the top of the seventh and smashed a pitch out to right field for her second home run of the day, putting IU on top for the first time on the weekend.
Illinois made things interesting in the bottom half of the inning, loading the bases off IU reliever Jennifer Moore with two outs. Freshman Jennifer Glueckert then came up with the biggest catch of her young career, as she charged in on a sinking flare and made an outstanding diving catch to preserve the win.
Moore picked up her fifth win of the season after a solid 4 2/3 innings of relief in which she allowed just one run on two hits and four walks. Moore also struck out six Illini batters, good for a season high.
Junior Jennilee Huddleston leads Indiana with a .371 batting average, a .426 on-base percentage, 12 doubles and 24 RBIs. Junior Tory Yamaguchi is hitting .303 and paces the squad with a .667 slugging percentage and 10 home runs. Junior Julia Hamilton has scored a team-best 20 runs on the season and leads IU with 13 stolen bases in 14 attempts. In the circle, sophomore Monica Wright is 11-9 with a 2.99 ERA. She has pitched a team-high 150 innings and has 89 strikeouts to her credit.
The Cardinals enter Wednesday's contest with a 19-16 ledger, and have faced some stiff competition thus far this season. Louisville has taken on seven ranked opponents this year, and has picked up three wins, including a 12-2 shellacking of No. 25 California on March 24. UL opened Big East play last weekend, sweeping a doubleheader from Villanova on Friday, March 30, and earning a split with Rutgers on Sunday, April 1. Audrey Rendon went 4-for-8 with two runs and an RBI and Brittney Counts was 4-for-7 with two RBIs to pace the Cardinals at the plate against the Scarlet Knights. Kristen Wadwell got the start in both contests, taking the loss in game one and earning the win in game two.
Kristi Cunningham leads Louisville at the dish this season, as she is hitting .344 with 32 hits in 93 at-bats. Louisville's pitching load is distributed fairly evenly, with all three members of the staff logging at least 68 innings of work. Catherine Bishop leads the staff with a 1.94 ERA, while Kassie Stanfill is a team-best 9-5.
NOSE NEWS IS GOOD NEWS
Sophomore Sarah Padove made a triumphant return to the Indiana lineup against Iowa on Friday, March 30, ripping a single to left in her first appearance since breaking her nose on March 16. After the two-week layoff, Padove entered the game as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning and singled for just the Hoosiers' third hit of the day. Padove was back in her regular spot at second base against the Hawkeyes the next day, and went 1-for-3. Padove stayed hot in a doubleheader against Illinois on Sunday, April 1, going 2-for-2 in game one and 1-for-2 with a walk game two. Overall, she is 5-for-9 (.556) since returning to the Hoosier lineup.
Indiana won nine straight games from March 10-17, its longest streak since winning 16 in a row in 1994. The school record for consecutive wins is 18, which the Hoosiers set from March 23-April 12, 1983.
Junior Jennilee Huddleston has reached base in 23 of Indiana's last 24 games, via hit, walk or error. The Peachtree City, Ga., native had an 11-game hitting streak during the span, and reached base in 21 consecutive contests before Iowa kept her off the basepaths on Saturday, March 31. Before the Hawkeyes turned the trick, the last team to keep Huddleston at bay was Illinois-Chicago on March 9.
Redshirt junior Tory Yamaguchi hit three home runs at the IU Classic, moving her into sole possession of second place on the Hoosiers' all-time list with 31. Only Monica Armendarez, who hit 38 longballs from 1995-98, has hit more homers in an IU uniform than Yamaguchi.
Senior Kim Richards sits eighth with 17 career home runs, while classmate Rachel Terry broke out of a 10th-place tie with a pair of home runs on Sunday, April 1, to give her 11 for her career. Junior Jennilee Huddleston had been tied with Terry for 10th, but now sits 11th with nine career jacks.
Richards has moved into the top 10 in career doubles this season, as she now has 35 to her credit to stand tied for eighth with Margaret Haenisch (1991-94). Aimee Lonigro (1994-97) is seventh with 37 doubles during her career.
With her swipe of second against Illinois in game one of a doubleheader on April 1, junior Julia Hamilton moved into a tie for eighth place on IU's all-time steals list with 39 for her career.
LUCKY NUMBER SIX?
The Hoosiers are 11-1 this season when scoring six or more runs. Indiana's lone setback when scoring at least six runs came on March 8, when IU lost to No. 19 Georgia Tech, 16-8. The Hoosiers have scored 10 runs four times this season, winning each time by at least eight.
While Indiana has had success when the bats are hot, the same cannot be said when the offense isn't clicking. The Hoosiers are just 3-13 this season when scoring two or fewer runs, and have been shut out six times on the year. IU has picked up a pair of 1-0 wins on the season, and earned a 2-1 victory over Illinois-Chicago on March 23 for its only three wins when tallying two or fewer runs.
HOOSIERS DIG THE LONGBALL
Indiana has hit 27 home runs in just 34 games this season, already good for sixth on the Hoosiers' all-time single-season list. Five IU players have at least two home runs on the year, with junior Tory Yamaguchi leading the way with 10. Indiana is 13-4 this season when going deep, including an 8-0 mark when there are two IU home runs.
TWICE IS NICE
Junior Jennilee Huddleston and senior Rachel Terry have etched their names into the IU record book this season, becoming the fifth and sixth players, respectively, to hit at least two home runs in the same game for Indiana. Huddleston hit a pair of home runs against Chattanooga on March 18, while Terry joined the elite club with two against Illinois on April 1. Only Monica Armendarez, Brooke Monroe, Michelle Venturella and Kim Richards had hit at least two home runs in the same game in an IU uniform prior to this season.
Juniors Jennilee Huddleston and Tory Yamaguchi have hit back-to-back home runs twice this season. The duo first turned the trick in the top of the fourth against Southern Illinois on Feb. 16, then went yard consecutively again against Chattanooga in the top of the seventh on March 18.
STEPHANIES MAKING THE MOST
Sophomore Stephanie Pellerito hit a grand slam to propel Indiana to a 6-2 win over Ball State on March 4. Pellerito was playing just her second game of the season, getting the starting nod after an injury to Emily Bergeson the day before. In her very next at-bat, against Massachusetts on March 8, Pellerito went deep again, this time with a solo shot to lead off the third. With two home runs already this season, Pellerito has matched her output from all of last year.
Freshman Stephanie Turner has also taken advantage of her limited playing time this season. Turner went 1-for-3 with a double in her first collegiate action, against Ball State on March 4, and hit a walk-off, pinch-hit home run in just her fifth career at bat, against Buffalo on March 16. Her two-run blast came in the bottom of the fifth inning, and put IU up 10-1 to put the mercy rule into effect. Turner got the call to pinch-hit again on April 1 in game one of a doubleheader with Illinois, and responded with an RBI double to spoil the Illini's shutout. Her clutch performance earned her the starting nod in game two, and Turner responded with a sacrifice fly and a walk.
INDIANA TAKES ON THE POLLS
The Hoosiers have eight teams on the 2007 schedule that have appeared in both major polls this season. 2007 IU opponents Georgia Tech, Louisville, LSU, Massachusetts, South Florida, Southern Illinois, Northwestern and Michigan have all been ranked in both the USA Today/NFCA and ESPN.com/USA Softball top 25 polls at some point in the season.
HEATING UP IN FLORIDA
Junior Jennilee Huddleston heated up under the Florida sun during the Hoosiers' spring break trip, hitting .429 over the 17 games with 10 runs scored and 17 RBIs. Huddleston hit safely in 13 of the 17 contests, and reached base in all but one. Tory Yamaguchi (.357), Emily Bergeson (.357), Julia Hamilton (.323) and Kim Richards (.306) also found success at the dish. As a team, Indiana hit .295 for the trip, raising its batting average 69 points in little more than a week.
WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DAY MAKES
Indiana has played nine games on Sundays so far this season, and has enjoyed tremendous success at the end of the weekend, going 7-2. In a peculiar contrast, the Hoosiers are just 3-7 on Saturdays so far this year.
Indiana returns home on Sunday, April 8, when it will host Northwestern for a doubleheader starting at noon. The Wildcats have been ranked as high as No. 4 this season and are in the top eight in both major polls.