Indiana Hits The Road For Big Ten Play This Weekend
April 3, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana softball team will take to the road this weekend for the first time in Big Ten play this season. They will play at Minnesota on Friday and Saturday followed by a doubleheader at Wisconsin on Sunday. Sunday's doubleheader starting at Noon Central will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network.
The Hoosiers will look to use the momentum built with a doubleheader sweep at Kentucky on Tuesday as they battle the Golden Gophers and Badgers this weekend. Jennilee Huddleston laced a two-run two out double in the seventh inning to give IU a win in game one against Kentucky. That was followed by a wild 16-13 win in game two where Stephanie Pellerito delivered a pinch-hit two-run home run in the eighth inning for the Hoosiers.
Each season, the native of Woodland Hills, Calif., has increased her home run total. After hitting 10 as a redshirt freshman in 2004, she followed that up with 11 in 2005 before hitting 12 in 2007. That total from a year ago tied two other Hoosiers for the third most in a single season in IU history. The all-time single season record is 16 set by Michelle Venturella in 1994.
Jennilee Huddleston also moved into the top 10 on the career home list with her 11th career dinger at the Frost Classic in Chattanooga, Tenn. The opposite field shot was her first of the season and moved her to with in one of Amy Lonigro's 12 career home runs.
THE MOST SINCE...
The last time Indiana scored at least 16 runs came on March 28, 1986 at Northeast Louisiana, a 18-0 Hoosier win in the second game of a doubleheader. Game one also went to Indiana by a score of 13-3.
A CRAZY GAME OF SOFTBALL
The first that jumps out is the five RBI by Tory Yamaguchi, the 11th time in IU softball history a player has recorded five RBI. The Indiana single-game record is 7 RBI set by Monica Armendarez in 1996.
Junior shortstop Emily Bergeson also had herself a day at the plate, reaching base in each of her six plate appearances in game two. She reached via base hit twice and then drew walks in the other four appearances to become just the third Hoosier to drew four walks in a game.
Stephanie Pellerito was inserted as a pinch-hitter in the top of the eighth inning for Julia Hamilton and delivered in a big way, drilling a two-run homer to center field to give IU a 15-13 lead. Freshman catcher Brittany Stein also got in the home run act in the top of the fifth with her first career home run, a solo shot to left center to tie the game at 9-9.
A QUICK LOOK AT THE GOLDEN GOPHERS
At the plate, Minnesota has five players hitting over .300, led by Colleen Conway's .354 average with 34 hits and 22 runs scored. The Gophers have hit just 11 home runs this season but have six players with 11 or more RBIs.
The pitching staff is led by Briana Hassett, who has a 13-4 record with seven shutouts to her credit already this season. She has 158 strikeouts in 112.1 innings to just 40 walks. Katie Dalen has started 13 games and has a 4.73 ERA as the only other pitcher to see action for Minnesota this season.
A QUICK LOOK AT THE BADGERS
Joey Daniels is top-hitting Badger, bringing a .275 average into the week with two home runs and seven RBI. However, Daniels has a .468 on-base percentage after drawing 18 walks and being hit by 15 pitches so far in 2008. Lynn Anderson has provided the power in the Wisconsin lineup with her sixth home runs and 13 batted in.
In the circle for UW, Leah Vanevenhoven and Letty Olivarez have identical 4-12 records and have pitched almost the same number of innings, 107.0 and 99.0, respectively.
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