Indiana Travels To No. 8 Northwestern For Saturday Doubleheader

    Go Hoosiers!
    Go Hoosiers!

    Go Hoosiers!

    April 3, 2009

    The Hoosiers enter play this weekend following a tough 4-3 loss in nine innings to the Evansville Aces on Wednesday. Sara Olson hit her fouth home run of the season and Emily Bergeson tied the game with two outs in the seventh for all of the IU offense.

    The Wildcats run-ruled the Michigan State Spartans in a pair of games on Wednesday to improve to 6-0 in Big Ten play.

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    Saturday, April 4
    Game 1 at 2 p.m.
    Game 2 to follow 20 minutes after game 1.

    The Indiana bats were silent last year when the Hoosiers paid a visit to Evanston on their way to dropping a doubleheader against the Wildcats. In game one, NU pitcher Lauren Delaney allowed one hit in four innings to earn the win in a 11-0 five inning game. Picking up the lone hit for IU was current senior Emily Bergeson.

    Game two saw Delaney keep the Hoosiers out of the hit column in a 13-0 Northwestern triumph.

    The Wilcats lead the all-time series 39-56 and have won the last eight and 15 of the last 16. The last IU victory came in 2004, a 5-4 win.

    Sara Olson, a native or Orland Park, Ill., has been on a tear of late at the plate. In the last three games, she is hitting .714 (5-for-7) with a double, home run and three RBI. For the season, she is tied with Emily Bergeson and Brittany Stein for the team lead with four home runs. Her most recent dinger ignited a three-run game-tying rally in the top of the seventh inning at Evansville.

    The sophomore also carries a 1-1 record and a 1.84 ERA in the last three games and has struck out 13 in that span as well.

    Sophomore Kelsey Stander joined the Indiana softball team during the Winter break, but has left a impression on the team in her first couple months. She came to Indiana from the University of Tennessee, where she was a perfect 12-for-12 in the stolen base department. She has continued that perfection at Indiana, as she has not been caught in nine attempts so far this season.

    The Indiana softball family has welcomed the addition of a pair of transfers from other division universities this season in pitcher Ashley Hobbs and outfielder Kelsey Stander.

    Hobbs is a dependable pitcher from the University of Evansville who appeared in three games during the first tournament of the season, and made one start. In Houston, Hobbs came on in relief against North Carolina State and pitched 3.2 stellar innings, allowing just one unearned run on three hits while striking out two.

    Stander is an lighting-quick outfielder that played in 54 games for the University of Tennessee last season and has started at least once in all three outfield positions so far this season. The sophomore has been extremely effective batting in the ninth spot in the order recently, collected four hits in her last five at bats, including a perfect 3-for-3 day against Wisconsin last weekend for her second career three-hit game. Then on Wednesday against Evansville, Stander stole two bases, the third time this season she has swiped a pair of bases in a game.




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