Hoosiers Face In-State Foe Indiana State On Wednesday

    Go Hoosiers! Julie DiNallo
    Go Hoosiers!
    Julie DiNallo
    Go Hoosiers!

    April 9, 2008

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana softball team will bring to a close its longest road trip of the season on Wednesday with a trip to Terre Haute, Ind., to take on the Indiana State Sycamores at 4 p.m. The Hoosiers have had success their last three times out against non-conference opponents and will look to continue that run at Indiana State. After a 7-4 win at home against Evansville, the Hoosiers hit the road last Tuesday and swept a doubleheader at Kentucky, 5-4 and 16-13 in eight innings.

    Indiana (10-26) enters the game coming of a doubleheader split at Wisconsin on Sunday for its first Big Ten win of the season, while the Sycamores (11-19-1) swept a doubleheader at home from Dayton on Tuesday.

    In the last three non-conference games, opponents have had a difficult time keeping junior shortstop Emily Bergeson off the base paths. And it is no surprise that by her getting on base, the Hoosiers have been able to score some runs on their way to a trio of wins. Not only is she hitting .714 (5-for-7) during that stretch, she has an on-base percentage of .857 with the help of seven walks and has scored six runs.

    The highlight of this stretch of games came in the Hoosiers' 16-13 win against Kentucky when she reached base in all six plate appearances (two hits and four walks). It was just the third time in IU softball history that a player drew four walks in a game and the first since Michelle Venturella did so on May 5, 1995 against Iowa.

    A host of Hoosiers have had success outside conference play in recent weeks in addition to Bergeson. Jennilee Huddleston is batting .455 in the last three non-conference games with two doubles, a triple and three RBI. Two of those runs batted in came in game one at Kentucky with the Hoosiers trailing by a run. The senior from Peachtree City, Ga., laced a double into right center field give the Hoosiers a lead they would not relinquish.



    Another senior that has been capitalizing on non-conference pitching has been Tory Yamaguchi. The native of Woodland Hills, Calif., is batting .400 with a pair of home runs and nine RBI in the last three games outside the Big Ten. In the game against Evansville, Yamaguchi gave Indiana a 7-2 lead with a grand slam to right field to move her to within two of the career home run record at Indiana. She inched closer with a round-tripper at Kentucky to give her 37 for her career, just one shy of the 38 hit by Monica Armendarez.

    Also hitting .400 in the last three non-conference game for Indiana is Jennifer Glueckert, who has a double and an RBI to go along with three runs scored

    In the circle for the Hoosiers, Monica Wright has notched the win in each of the last three non-conference games to improve her record to 7-10 on the year.

    The Sycamores are led at the plate by Meredith Simpson's .337 average, five home runs, 20 RBI and 16 runs scored. She is one of just two Indiana State players to have started all 30 games this season. Katie Iocoangeli hit at leadoff home run for the Sycamores in game one against Dayton on Tuesday for her third home run of the season.

    In the circle for Indiana State, Meagan McCurdy has drawn 13 starts and finished 10 of those games with one shutout. She has a 6-8 record and a 2.94 ERA and is getting help from Darcy Wood, who is 4-2 with a 2.58 ERA in 10 appearances.


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