April 7, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
The Indiana Hoosiers (5-26, 1-5 Big Ten) will welcome No. 16 Ohio State Buckeyes (28-6, 5-1 Big Ten) to the IU Softball Field on Wednesday for a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m. Fans can follow the action LIVE via the following Gametracker links:
Game 1 Gametracker I Game 2 Gametracker"
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Indiana is coming off a pair of losses at No. 8 Northwestern over the weekend while the Buckeyes claimed a pair of 1-0 victories at Minnesota.
In the Hoosiers first game against the Wildcats, Emily Bergeson stroked a solo home run to tie the game at 1-1 in the sixth inning before the Cats scrapped across two in the bottom of the frame to take a 3-1 win. In the second game the NU bats took control for five runs in the second inning and then three runs in the fourth on their way to an 8-0 win in five innings.
THE LAST TIME...
Indiana and Ohio State met was April 11 and 12 at IU Softball Field with the teams splitting two games. In game one, the Hoosiers were leading 2-1 going to the sixth inning but OSU's Sam Marder hit a two-run homer to give the Buckeyes a 3-2 win. The following day, Monica Wright allowed just one hit in a 4-0 IU win.
Indiana leads the all-time series between the two schools, 53-26-1.
Sara Olson, a native or Orland Park, Ill., has been on a tear of late at the plate. In the last six games, she is hitting .467 (7-for-15) with two doubles, home run and three RBI. For the season, she is tied with Brittany Stein for second on the team with four home runs, one behind team leader Emily Bergeson. Her most recent dinger ignited a three-run game-tying rally in the top of the seventh inning at Evansville.
The sophomore also carries a 2-2 record and a 2.55 ERA in the last six games and has struck out 15 in that span as well.
BERGESON BOUNCING BACK
Senior shortstop Emily Bergeson was the leading hitter for the Hoosiers a year ago and came into her final collegiate season looking to improve upon a .308 average and eight home runs. However, the season got off to a rocky start for the Cleveland, Ill., native as she was hitting .238 with two home runs and six RBI through the first 22 games. But all of that has changed over the last six games, as she is hitting .353 with three home runs and seven RBI.
Her home run against No. 8 Northwestern moved her into sole posession of ninth place on the career home run list at Indiana, breaking a tie with 2008 graduate Jennilee Huddleston.
Sophomore Kelsey Stander has put her blazing speed on display over the last six games for the Hoosiers. In that span, she has posted six infield hits and stolen three bases in three attempts to remain perfect in that category on the year (9-for-9).
The native of Paradise Valley, Ariz., transfered to the Hoosiers after spending her freshman year at the University of Tennessee. With the Volunteers, she has the same success on the base paths as she went a perfect 12-for-12 in stolen base attempts.