Hoosiers Travel to Louisville
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana softball team will look to rebound from last week's 1-3 mark, including dropping its first two Big Ten contests, when the Hoosiers make the short drive to Louisville, Ky., for a one game showdown with the Louisville Cardinals on Wednesday, April 5. Game-time is set for 4 p.m. (EST), at Ulmer Stadium. The game can be viewed through gametracker by clicking here.
The Hoosiers continue their five-game road trip with a visit to Illinois for a two-game Friday-Saturday series on April 8-9, before heading to Iowa for a doubleheader on Sunday, April 10.
Louisville (22-12, 8-1 C-USA) enters the game on a six-game winning streak. The Cardinals have also won 10 of their last 12 with the only two losses coming at the hands of No. 1 Michigan, 2-1, 7-0. Despite an 8-1 conference record, Louisville is tied for first with DePaul (16-11, 8-1) in Conference USA.
As a team, Louisville is hitting .291 with 32 home runs and is averaging more then four runs a contest. The lineup features four .300 hitters and two more batters with an above .290 average. Sophomore Courtney Moore leads the way with a .398 average. She also leads the team in RBI (25), triples (7), walks (15) and slugging percentage (.796), is tied for first with seven home runs, and is second on the squad with 39 hits and 24 runs scored. Sophomore Audrey Rendon is second on the team in hitting (.395) and leads the team with 26 runs scored and 12 stolen bases, while junior Michelle Vasquez sports a .306 batting average, seven home runs, 22 RBI and six doubles.
Senior Aja Sherman and sophomore Catherine Bishop are the two hurlers for Louisville. Sherman (10-7, 2.08) has made 22 appearances with 18 starts. She has tossed 13 complete games, seven shutouts and one complete-game shutout. In 114 2/3 innings, Sherman has allowed 79 hits and 48 walks against 124 strikeouts. Bishop has made 21 appearances with 16 starts. The right-hander has thrown 12 complete games, six shutouts, including one complete-game shutout. In 107 1/3 innings, she has permitted 66 hits and 49 walks while striking out 89. Teams are hitting just .181 off the Cardinals pitchers.
IU is 2-3 lifetime against Louisville, taking a 3-2 decision in eight innings last year in Bloomington. Overall, Indiana is 20-18 all-time against present members of Conference USA.
ROARK TOPS BIG TEN LEADERBOARD
Junior Megan Roark is currently the the Big Ten Conference leader in five categories. She leads all Big Ten hurlers in appearances (31), starts (22), strikeouts (172), strikeouts looking (64) and innings pitched (160.0). She is also tied for fourth in games finished with eight.
TRIO OF HOOSIERS AMONG BIG TEN LEADERS
Sophomore Kim Richards is tied for first among Big Ten hitters with 11 doubles on the year. Freshman Janetta Deaven leads the conference with seven at-bats ending in a hit by the pitch, while sophomore Tory Yamaguchi is tied for sixth with six home runs.
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