April 9, 2007
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Opponent: Indiana State
Date: Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Bloomington, Ind.
Facility: IU Softball Field
Series Record: IU, 49-17
Indiana (18-19, 1-5 Big Ten) steps out of conference for a contest against Indiana State (15-18, 1-10 Missouri Valley) on Tuesday, April 10. The Hoosiers dropped a doubleheader against No. 8 Northwestern on Sunday, April 8, while the Sycamores have lost eight straight since a 5-4 win over Saint Louis on March 22.
Indiana and Indiana State have met 66 times since the 1975 season, with the Hoosiers holding a 49-17 advantage in the series. IU has won the last three meetings, taking both contests in 2004 and picking up a 1-0 win in 2006.
Indiana senior Mariangee Bogado turned in one of the most dominant performances in IU history, striking out 22 Indiana State batters as the Hoosiers prevailed 1-0 in 11 innings in Terre Haute on April 26, 2006. Bogado allowed just one hit on the day, while Jennilee Huddleston knocked in the Hoosiers' lone run with a double to score Heather Hohs in the top of the 11th. Bogado's 22-strikeout performance was just one off her own school record for whiffs in a game. Bogado and Lauren Hines were both 2-for-5 for the Hoosiers at the plate.
SCOUTING THE HOOSIERS
Indiana comes into the contest against the Sycamores having suffered a doubleheader sweep at the hands of No. 8 Northwestern on Sunday, April 8.
The Hoosiers fell 14-7 to the Wildcats in game one of the doubleheader, then succumbed 5-1 in game two. Senior Rachel Terry had a monster game at the plate in game one, going 4-for-4 and falling a triple shy of the cycle.
After NU took advantage of seven walks and an error to post seven runs in the second inning, the Wildcats added three more in the third inning to go up 10-0. The Hoosier bats finally woke up in the bottom half of that frame, as junior Tory Yamaguchi drilled a shot down the left field line with the bases loaded for a two-run double to get IU on the board. Junior Jennilee Huddleston then scored on a wild pitch before Terry sent a drive out of the park down the left field line for a two-run shot to cut the deficit to five runs, 10-5.
NU added three runs over the next two innings to go up by eight, but Terry and classmate Kim Richards refused to let the game end early. Terry singled up the middle with one out in the fifth, and one out later, Richards hit a home run to pull IU back within six. NU added a run in the seventh for the final score.
Game two was a drastically different story, as Northwestern scored single runs in each of the first five innings. Huddleston was the only Hoosier to manage a hit in the contest, as she reached on an infield single in the first inning, then blasted a home run to dead center for Indiana's lone run of the contest in the sixth inning.
Huddleston leads Indiana with a .360 batting average, a .416 on-base percentage, a .640 slugging percentage, 12 doubles and 25 RBIs and shares the team lead in runs scored with 21. Yamaguchi paces the squad with 10 home runs, while junior Julia Hamilton shares the team lead in runs scored with 21. Hamilton also leads IU with 14 stolen bases in 15 attempts. In the circle, sophomore Monica Wright is 11-12 with a 3.08 ERA. She has pitched a team-high 163 2/3 innings and has 100 strikeouts to her credit.
SCOUTING INDIANA STATE
The Sycamores were swept by Missouri Valley foe Wichita State in a three-game set this weekend, dropping both games of a doubleheader on Friday, April 6, then falling 8-1 on Saturday, April 7.
ISU took a tough 1-0 loss in game one of Friday's doubleheader, as it could manage just two hits. More frustrating is the fact that Sycamore starter Darcy Wood allowed just one hit in the complete-game effort, but it was an RBI double in the first inning that proved the difference.
The Sycamores struggled for offense again in the second game of the twinbill, and were again two-hit. ISU held a 1-0 lead in the game, but the Shockers scored four runs in the fourth and added another in the fifth for a 5-1 win. Jackie Chomicki had hits in both contests for the Sycamores.
Wood did not fare as well the next day, as she was rocked for six earned runs in just 2/3 of an inning. Meagan McCurdy came on to stop the bleeding with 5 1/3 innings of two-run relief, but the damage was done. Meredith Simpson had two of ISU's three hits on the day, including a solo home run in the sixth inning, as Indiana State dropped its eighth straight game.
Simpson paces the Sycamore offense with a .343 batting average and a team-leading 24 runs scored from the top of the order. Katie Iocongeli leads ISU with three home runs and 19 RBIs.
Wood sees the bulk of the action in the circle, and is 8-14 with a 2.08 ERA in 155 innings pitched.
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 7-for-18 (.389) 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 IU set from March 23-April 12, 1983.
Junior Jennilee Huddleston has reached base in 25 of Indiana's last 27 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 18 career home runs, while classmate Rachel Terry is tied for ninth with Sue Lilly (1977-80) with 12 for her career. Junior Jennilee Huddleston sits 11th with 10 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 11-2 this season when scoring six or more runs. Indiana's lone setbacks when scoring at least six runs came on March 8, when IU lost to No. 19 Georgia Tech, 16-8, and on April 8, when the Hoosiers dropped a 14-7 contest to No. 8 Northwestern. IU has 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 3-15 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 30 home runs in just 37 games this season, already good for fourth 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 13-6 this season when going deep, including an 8-1 mark when there are two IU home runs in the same contest.
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 11 games on Sundays so far this season, and has enjoyed a fair amount of success at the end of the weekend, going 7-4. In a peculiar contrast, the Hoosiers are just 3-7 on Saturdays this year.
Indiana will head out for its first Big Ten road trip of the season, taking on Wisconsin in Madison on April 13-14 and Minnesota in Minneapolis for a doubleheader on April 15.