BLOOMINGTON, Ind. --
Indiana returns to conference play this weekend as the Hoosiers travel to Illinois for a two-game Friday-Saturday series (April 8-9) against the Fighting Illini. Friday's contest will start at 6 p.m., while Saturday's game gets underway at noon. IU will then head to No. 19 Iowa for a noon doubleheader on Sunday, April 10.
A five-game road trip that was supposed to end at Iowa turned into a six-game road swing as the Hoosiers visit in-state rival Indiana State on Wednesday, April 13, for a 3 p.m. contest. The game was originally scheduled for March 23, but was postponed due to rain.
FAMILIAR FACES IN IOWA CITY
Iowa head coach Gayle Blevins was head coach of the Hoosiers for seven season between 1980-87,. posting a record of 298-145 during her tenure. She led IU to two Women's College World Series appearances (1983, 86), including a fifth-place finish in the WCWS in 1986. Associate head coach Michele Venturella was a start catcher for the Hoosiers from 1992-95. In 1994, she was named Big Ten player of the year upon leading the Hoosiers to a conference title and the finals of the NCAA Mideast Regional Tournament. For her achievement, she was also named a second-team All-American selection. Venturella was recognized as the University's most outstanding female athlete her senior year. In addition, she received the Big Ten Medal of Honor for her successful career as a Hoosier. In 2000, she won a gold medal competing with the U.S. national softball team at the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.
THE LONE HOOSIER STARTER
Sophomore Kim Richards is the only Hoosier to start and play all 35 games this year. All 35 of her starts have come from the center-field position.