April 6, 2007
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Opponent: Northwestern (DH)
Date: Sunday, April 8, 2007
Time: 12 p.m.
Location: Bloomington, Ind.
Facility: IU Softball Field
After a brief break from Big Ten play, Indiana will take on Northwestern in a league doubleheader on Sunday, April 8, starting at noon. The Wildcats enter the weekend ranked No. 8 in the USA Today/NFCA Top 25 Poll and No. 7 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 Poll.
The Hoosiers and Wildcats have played 87 times since their first meeting in 1977, with Northwestern holding a 52-35 advantage in the all-time series. After the teams split in 2004, Northwestern has won the last four contests.
Northwestern took both games from the Hoosiers in Evanston, Ill., last season, winning 8-0 in six innings on April 14 and taking an 11-1 win on April 15. The 17th-ranked Wildcats got a 3-for-4 performance from Katie Logan in the first game, while Kim Richards and Jennilee Huddleston had Indiana's lone hits. One day later, Garland Cooper went 3-for-4 with a home run to pace the home squad, while Mariangee Bogado hit a solo home run to account for IU's lone run.
SCOUTING THE HOOSIERS
Indiana took a brief break from league play when it faced Louisville on Wednesday, April 4, falling 1-0.
The Hoosier bats were held silent until the top of the sixth inning, when freshman Jennifer Glueckert reached on an infield single to break up Louisville's no-hitter. Cardinal starter Kristen Wadwell was masterful in the first five innings, issuing just a leadoff walk before retiring the next 15 batters in order. After reliever Catherine Bishop got a groundout to start the sixth, Glueckert sent a ball to the left side of the infield that UofL shortstop Courtney Moore was able to corral deep in the hole, but could not get to first in time.
Finally in business, Indiana would threaten to score. After Bishop got a strikeout for out number two, sophomore Sarah Padove singled through the left side. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch to put runners at second and third for junior Jennilee Huddleston, but Huddleston was unable to beat out a grounder, ending the frame.
The Cardinals got the only run they would need in the bottom of the third inning. Audrey Rendon reached on an infield single with one out, and Melissa Roth was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second. Moore followed with a single through the left side to load the bases, and Rendon scored on Brooke McCrain's fielder's choice to put the only run of the day on the board. Indiana starter Monica Wright induced another fielder's choice to end the inning.
Wright was solid throughout the contest, allowing just five hits - three of the infield variety - and a walk in 6 innings to suffer the hard-luck loss. She struck out five.
IU opened Big Ten play last weekend against Iowa and Illinois, going a combined 1-3. Indiana fell to the Hawkeyes 4-0 on March 30, then lost to Iowa 9-0 in six innings on March 31. IU fell to Illinois, 11-1 in five innings, in game one of an April 1 doubleheader, but salavaged the split when senior Rachel Terry hit a pair of late home runs to push Indiana to a 6-5 win in game two.
Junior Jennilee Huddleston leads Indiana with a .361 batting average, a .415 on-base percentage, 12 doubles and 24 RBIs. Junior Tory Yamaguchi is hitting .294 and paces the squad with a .647 slugging percentage and 10 home runs. Junior Julia Hamilton has scored a team-best 20 runs on the season and leads IU with 14 stolen bases in 15 attempts. In the circle, sophomore Monica Wright is 11-10 with a 2.92 ERA. She has pitched a team-high 156 innings and has 94 strikeouts to her credit.
Northwestern enters the weekend with a top-10 ranking and a 28-7 overall record. NU is 3-1 in the Big Ten after splitting with No. 10 Michigan and sweeping Michigan State in the first weekend of Big Ten action. The Wildcats, who face Purdue on Friday, April 6, and Saturday, April 7, are coming off a 6-1 win over Northern Illinois on Tuesday, April 3, in which senior Garland Cooper hit a pair of home runs and knocked in four.
Sophomore Tammy Williams leads the Wildcats with an even .500 batting average through 35 games. Cooper is hitting an even .400, and has equalled Northwestern's single-season mark with 14 home runs on the season. She also paces the team with 45 RBIs. Lauren Delaney has been nothing short of dominant in the circle, as she is 14-0 on the season with a 1.16 ERA.
NOSE NEWS IS GOOD NEWS
Sophomore Sarah Padove made a triumphant return to the Indiana lineup against Iowa on Friday, March 30, ripping a single to left in her first appearance since breaking her nose on March 16. After the two-week layoff, Padove entered the game as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning and singled for just the Hoosiers' third hit of the day. Padove was back in her regular spot at second base against the Hawkeyes the next day, and went 1-for-3. Padove stayed hot in a doubleheader against Illinois on Sunday, April 1, going 2-for-2 in game one and 1-for-2 with a walk in game two. Overall, she is 6-for-12 (.500) since returning to the lineup.
Indiana won nine straight games from March 10-17, its longest streak since winning 16 in a row in 1994. The school record for consecutive wins is 18, which the Hoosiers set from March 23-April 12, 1983.
Junior Jennilee Huddleston has reached base in 23 of Indiana's last 25 games, via hit, walk or error. The Peachtree City, Ga., native had an 11-game hitting streak during the span, and reached base in 21 consecutive contests before Iowa kept her off the basepaths on Saturday, March 31. Before the Hawkeyes turned the trick, the last team to keep Huddleston at bay was Illinois-Chicago on March 9.
Redshirt junior Tory Yamaguchi hit three home runs at the IU Classic, moving her into sole possession of second place on the Hoosiers' all-time list with 31. Only Monica Armendarez, who hit 38 longballs from 1995-98, has hit more homers for IU than Yamaguchi.
Senior Kim Richards sits eighth with 17 career home runs, while classmate Rachel Terry broke out of a 10th-place tie with a pair of home runs on Sunday, April 1, to give her 11 for her career. Junior Jennilee Huddleston had been tied with Terry for 10th, but now sits 11th with nine career jacks.
Richards has moved into the top 10 in career doubles this season, as she now has 35 to her credit to stand tied for eighth with Margaret Haenisch (1991-94). Aimee Lonigro (1994-97) is seventh with 37 doubles during her career.
With her swipe of second against Louisville on Wednesday, April 4, junior Julia Hamilton moved into sole possession of eighth place on IU's career steals list with 40.
LUCKY NUMBER SIX?
The Hoosiers are 11-1 this season when scoring six or more runs. Indiana's lone setback when scoring at least six runs came on March 8, when IU lost to No. 19 Georgia Tech, 16-8. The Hoosiers have scored 10 runs four times this season, winning each time by at least eight.
While Indiana has had success when the bats are hot, the same cannot be said when the offense isn't clicking. The Hoosiers are just 3-14 this season when scoring two or fewer runs, and have been shut out seven times on the year. IU has picked up a pair of 1-0 wins on the season, and earned a 2-1 victory over Illinois-Chicago on March 23 for its only three wins when tallying two or fewer runs.
HOOSIERS DIG THE LONGBALL
Indiana has hit 27 home runs in just 35 games this season, already good for sixth on the Hoosiers' all-time single-season list. Five IU players have at least two home runs on the year, with junior Tory Yamaguchi leading the way with 10. Indiana is 13-4 this season when going deep, including an 8-0 mark when there are two IU home runs.
TWICE IS NICE
Junior Jennilee Huddleston and senior Rachel Terry have etched their names into the IU record book this season, becoming the fifth and sixth players, respectively, to hit at least two home runs in the same game for Indiana. Huddleston hit a pair of home runs against Chattanooga on March 18, while Terry joined the elite club with two against Illinois on April 1. Only Monica Armendarez, Brooke Monroe, Michelle Venturella and Kim Richards had hit at least two home runs in the same game in an IU uniform prior to this season.
Juniors Jennilee Huddleston and Tory Yamaguchi have hit back-to-back home runs twice this season. The duo first turned the trick in the top of the fourth against Southern Illinois on Feb. 16, then went yard consecutively again against Chattanooga in the top of the seventh on March 18.
STEPHANIES MAKING THE MOST
Sophomore Stephanie Pellerito hit a grand slam to propel Indiana to a 6-2 win over Ball State on March 4. Pellerito was playing just her second game of the season, getting the starting nod after an injury to Emily Bergeson the day before. In her very next at-bat, against Massachusetts on March 8, Pellerito went deep again, this time with a solo shot to lead off the third. With two home runs already this season, Pellerito has matched her output from all of last year.
Freshman Stephanie Turner has also taken advantage of her limited playing time this season. Turner went 1-for-3 with a double in her first collegiate action, against Ball State on March 4, and hit a walk-off, pinch-hit home run in just her fifth career at bat, against Buffalo on March 16. Her two-run blast came in the bottom of the fifth inning, and put IU up 10-1 to put the mercy rule into effect. Turner got the call to pinch-hit again on April 1 in game one of a doubleheader with Illinois, and responded with an RBI double to spoil the Illini's shutout. Her clutch performance earned her the starting nod in game two, and Turner responded with a sacrifice fly and a walk.
INDIANA TAKES ON THE POLLS
The Hoosiers have eight teams on the 2007 schedule that have appeared in both major polls this season. 2007 IU opponents Georgia Tech, Louisville, LSU, Massachusetts, South Florida, Southern Illinois, Northwestern and Michigan have all been ranked in both the USA Today/NFCA and ESPN.com/USA Softball top 25 polls at some point in the season.
HEATING UP IN FLORIDA
Junior Jennilee Huddleston heated up under the Florida sun during the Hoosiers' spring break trip, hitting .429 over the 17 games with 10 runs scored and 17 RBIs. Huddleston hit safely in 13 of the 17 contests, and reached base in all but one. Tory Yamaguchi (.357), Emily Bergeson (.357), Julia Hamilton (.323) and Kim Richards (.306) also found success at the dish. As a team, Indiana hit .295 for the trip, raising its batting average 69 points in little more than a week.
WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DAY MAKES
Indiana has played nine games on Sundays so far this season, and has enjoyed tremendous success at the end of the weekend, going 7-2. In a peculiar contrast, the Hoosiers are just 3-7 on Saturdays so far this year.
Indiana stays home for a date with Indiana State on Tuesday, April 10, at 4 p.m. After that, the Hoosiers will make their first Big Ten road trip of the season, taking on Wisconsin on April 13-14 and Minnesota in a doubleheader on April 15.