April 5, 2012
The Hoosiers will be playing at home for the second straight weekend in Big Ten play when they host in-state rival Purdue on Saturday and Sunday. Indiana took one out of three games at home last weekend against No. 20 Michigan - their first win over a ranked opponent since beating Michigan in Ann Arbor on April 2 last season. The win last weekend also marked the first triumph over Michigan in Bloomington since 1996.
Amanda Wagner continued her torrid hitting at the plate with a 6-for-8 weekend with a home run and five RBI. She enters play this weekend riding a eight-game hit streak and has reached base safely in the last 10 games.
Shannon Cawley was 4-for-8 with two RBI and Jenna Abraham had a pair of doubles for Indiana as well last weekend.
Over the past two seasons, Indiana has won three of the last four meetings against the Boilermakers and trail the all-time series, 26-29.
When Indiana suffered a 3-2 loss to No. 20 Michigan in the first game of the series, it broke the fifth-longest active winning streak in the country at 15 games. The Hoosiers won their final 11 home contests last season and then its first four this season before the loss to the Wolverines.
Senior second baseman Samantha Berenter has been instrumental to the Hoosiers' offensive success this season and is having a career year at the plate in the process. She has scored 19 runs, hit three home runs and 17 RBI, all of which are career highs.
Although Amanda Wagner continues to show opponents why she is a feared hitter in the middle of the lineup for IU. Her .340 average with six home runs and 20 RBI are one thing but she has drawn 13 walks to help her .441 on-base percentage. In the win against Michigan, she had four RBI, including a three-run opposite field home run to put the game away.
She leads team lead with six home runs this season. The native of Burbank, Ill., has 17 career home runs and 59 career RBI as she plays her third season.
ALL ABOUT ABRAHAM
Sophomore Jenna Abraham continues to impress at the plate this season, hitting a team-leading .352 with five home runs and 14 RBI - all of which are better than her freshman season when she garnered Third Team All-Big Ten accolades. Only twice this season has she gone two consecutive games without a hit and has nine multi-hit games.
In addition to her prowess at the plate, she also robbed a home run in left field against UIC in the seventh inning for the final out of the game - a home run that would have tied the game.
LUCKY NUMBER SIX
When Indiana scores at least six runs in a game this season, they have posted a 10-1 record. When you compare that to last season, when the Hoosiers were 8-2 for the season when scoring six or more runs.
The Hoosiers have scored a run in the first inning of 13 games this season and are 11-2 in those games. When they score the first run of the game - regardless of inning - they are 15-4.
With a pitching staff that is gaining experience by the inning, the Hoosiers have not been fazed by close games so far this year. In games decided by two runs or fewer, the Hoosiers are 8-5. In games that IU has had the lead going into the 7th inning, the Hoosiers are 12-2
HEY MAN, RIGHT IS RIGHT
Junior outfielder Samantha Heyman made one of the most difficult transitions a player can make - moving from the left side of the plate to the right side. And this year the results have been dramatically better, as she is hitting .266 with two doubles and a triple and six RBI. In her first two seasons, she hit .179 with two doubles and eight RBI while batting from the left side.
In addition to that, Heyman has been outstanding in center field, registering 15 career outfield assists.
CASSIE CATCHES FIRE
Fifth year senior catcher Cassie Gogreve is hitting .298 so far this season and has a team-best 19 RBI. At the Phyllis Rafter Memoria in Georgia, the South Pasadena, Calif., native hit her first home run of the season and drove in six runs, including a four RBI game against Saint Louis.
She has also appeared in all 136 games over the last two-plus seasons since she joined the Hoosiers from South Carolina.
CAWLEY-ING THE SHOTS
Freshmen third baseman Shannon Cawley was inserted into the heart of the Indiana order in Georgia and showed that's right where she belonged. Against No. 10 Stanford, the senior smacked a solo home run off All-American pitcher Teagan Gerhart to tie the game and keep the momentum in Indiana's favor. She also hit a towering home run against Central Arkansas and finished the five games in Georgia with six RBI. For the season, Cawley is hitting .337 with three home runs and 16 RBI, including four sac fly RBI which is tied for the second-most in the country.
Freshmen Lora Olson and Shannon Cawley showed their prowess at the plate in Las Vegas, connecting for their first collegiate home runs. Cawley did so with a solo home run to center field against BYU and Olson did it against Memphis, a two-run blast to tie the game in the fourth inning. Brianna Meyer got on the home run train against No. 20 Michigan, clubbing a solo home run, the first of her career, to right center in the Hoosiers 7-2 win over the Wolverines.