Hoosiers Travel To Purdue For Three-Game Series
April 3, 2014
IU CONTINUES B1G ACTION
The Indiana softball team will continue play through its Big Ten conference schedule this weekend when the Hoosiers take on Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind. for a three game series at the Boilermaker Softball Complex, April 4-6.
A LOOK AT PURDUE
The Boilermakers are 18-17-1 this season under first year head coach, Kim Schuette. Purdue currently ranks fourth in the conference standings with a 5-1 mark in B1G contests after sweeping Penn State and taking 2-of-3 from Michigan State this spring.
As a staff, Purdue pitchers have combined for a 2.76 earned run average through 233.0 innings pitched. Lilly Fecho has handled a majority of the work in the circle, tossing 134.2 innings with a 13-9 record on the year while striking out 135 batters and holding opposing hitters to a .241 clip.
THE ALL-TIME SERIES
The Hoosiers and Boilermakers will meet for the 62nd time in program history, with Purdue owning a 33-28 edge in the all-time series. The teams first met in 1974 in a 4-3 Purdue win. From 1978 through 1997, the Hoosiers took 17 of 18 games from the Boilermakers before Purdue won 10 of the next 11 matchups through the 2003 season.
In their most recent series, the Boilermakers stole three games from Indiana at Andy Mohr field in 2013, evening the two teams to 5-5 through their last 10 contests.
The Indiana softball team put together one of the largest comebacks in program history in its 11-7 walk-off victory over Ohio State on March 28, 2014. The Hoosiers plated 11 unswered runs to overcome a seven-run deficit, the largest comeback recorded in atleast 20 seasons, which was ultimately capped off by a walk-off, grand slam by sophomore Kelsey Dotson.
GRAND OLD TIME
With Kelsey Dotson’s grand slam against Ohio State on March 28, four active players on the IU roster have now connected on homeruns with the bases loaded in their respective careers, three of which hitting grand slams in 2014.
LAST TIME OUT
The Hoosiers nearly repeated Friday’s comeback efforts in a 7-5 setback to visiting Indiana State on Tuesday, April 1. Trailing 7-3 in the bottom of the seventh, Jenna Abraham blasted a two-run homer to bring the Hoosiers within two and no outs, but the Sycamores would record three consective outs to leave Bloomington with the win.
Indiana’s offense struck for at least a run or more in four of the seven innings played and tallied 10 hits against Indiana State pitchers, marking the sixth double-digit hit total from the Hoosiers this season. Abraham paced the Cream and Crimson at the plate with a 2-for-2 effort including a two-run homerun in the bottom of the seventh. Erin Lehman and Kassi Farmer notched multiple-hit performances against the Sycamores with Farmer driving in a run on an RBI-double in the fourth. Kelsey Dotson, Natalie Lalich, Brianna Meyer and Shelby Gogreve rounded out IU’s offense, each earning a hit in the contest.
Brooke Boetjer (3-5) earned the start in the circle, throwing the first 3.0 innings for Indiana. She allowed five runs on six hits while striking out a pair of ISU batters. Lora Olson tossed 2.0 innings in relief where she surrendered two runs on five hits before handing over duties to Meaghan Murphy. Murphy provided 2.0 hitless innings to close out the contest, striking out two.
After missing nearly all of the 2013 season due to injury, redshirt senior Breanna Saucedo has quickly made an impact in the Hoosiers’ lineup in her return this spring. Saucedo put together a 10-game hit streak from March 14 through March 30, where she has hit .471 (16-for-34), surpassing her previous seven consecutive games with a hit (Feb. 8 through Feb. 21) Saucedo has reached base in all but seven games this season and has registered a hit in 26-of-33 games played. She has also been impressive against Top 25 squads in 2014, hitting .455 against ranked teams to boost her career average against Top 25 programs to .309.
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