Hoosiers Host Michigan State in Midweek Doubleheader
April 9, 2014
HOOSIERS RETURN HOME
The Indiana softball team returns to Bloomington to host Michigan State for a midweek doubleheader at Andy Mohr Field on Wednesday, April 9. The 4 p.m. ET doubleheader will be featured on the Big Ten Netork with Lisa Byington and Jenne Ritter set to provide play-by-play and color commentary.
A LOOK AT MICHIGAN STATE
The Spartans head to Bloomington with an 8-24 record on the year and have posted a 1-8 mark in conference games under 21-year head coach Jackie Joseph.
Michigan State is hitting .222 as a team this spring and is paced by redshirt-junior Stephanie Sanders’ .295 average on the season.
In the circle, MSU pitchers have combined for a 4.74 staff ERA through 208.1 innings pitched. Freshman Valerie Kaff has tossed a team-high 92.0 innings, where she has struck out 50 batters and allowed opposing hitters to reach a .328 clip.
THE ALL-TIME SERIES
The Hoosiers and Spartans will meet for the 110th time in program history, with Indiana owning a 60-49 edge in the all-time series. The teams first met in 1974 in a 5-4 Michigan State win. From 1987 through 1995, the Hoosiers took 27 of 32 games from the Spartans before MSU won 19 of the next 27 matchups through the 2008 season.
In their most recent series, Indiana opened the 2013 slate in East Lansing, Mich. March 29-31, where the Hoosiers suffered a series sweep after dropping three straight games to the Spartans.
The Indiana softball team put together one of the largest comebacks in program history in its 11-7 walk-off victory over Ohio State on March 28, 2014. The Hoosiers plated 11 unswered runs to overcome a seven-run deficit, the largest comeback recorded in atleast 20 seasons, which was ultimately capped off by a walk-off, grand slam by sophomore Kelsey Dotson.
GRAND OLD TIME
With Kelsey Dotson’s grand slam against Ohio State on March 28, four active players on the IU roster have now connected on homeruns with the bases loaded in their respective careers, three of which hitting grand slams in 2014. The three grand slams this season are also the second-most by a Big Ten squad so far in 2014, trailing only Michigan who has hit six this spring.
ACTIVE PLAYERS WITH A GRAND SLAM
LAST TIME OUT
After falling in its first two games in 4-1 finals with the Boilermakers in West Lafayette, Ind. last weekend, the Hoosiers bounced back from a one-run deficit in late innings to take the final meeting of the three-game series, 5-2.
The Hoosiers trailed Purdue in the top of the sixth by a 2-1 score before Brianna Meyer drove a no-doubter over the right-field fence to tie the game at two. The contest remained deadlocked at two into the top of the seventh inning with Shelby Gogreve due up at the plate. The senior blasted a solo shot to left, her first homerun of the season, to give Indiana a 3-2 lead over Purdue. Meyer continued to be clutch for the Indiana offense, this time driving in two runs on a single up the middle to push the Hoosiers ahead 5-2. Purdue would place a pair of runners in scoring position in the bottom of the seventh, but Meaghan Murphy closed the door with a strikeout to end the ballgame.
TURNING THINGS AROUND
After a slow start to the 2014 campaign, junior Brianna Meyer has turned things around at the plate, hitting .353 (23-for-65) in the last 22 games. During that span, Meyer has earned a hit in all but six contests, has reached base in 18-of-22 games and is currently riding a five-game hit streak dating back to the Hoosiers’ March 30 game with Ohio State.
After missing nearly all of the 2013 season due to injury, redshirt senior Breanna Saucedo has quickly made an impact in the Hoosiers’ lineup in her return this spring
The Hoosiers’ defense turned five double plays against the Boilermakers last weekend. The five double plays doubled Indiana’s season total, as IU had previously turned five in its previous 34 games.
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