April 10, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
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The Hoosiers (5-28, 1-7 Big Ten) will take on the Spartans (13-20, 0-7 Big Ten) at Old College Field in East Lansing this weekend. Indiana comes into the weekend series with the Spartans with some momentum after sophomore starting pitcher Sara Olson became the 10th player in IU history to toss a no-hitter when she did so against No. 16 Ohio State. However, the Buckeyes won the game, 1-0, after taking the first game of the doubleheader 14-4 in five innings.
The Spartans dropped both games of a doubleheader to Purdue on Thursday and are still in search of their first Big Ten win this season.
THE LAST TIME...
Last year, the Hoosiers and Spartans split a doubleheader in East Lansing. Michigan State took game one thanks to a two-run home run by Bianca Mejia in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Game two was a bit of a wild one with the Spartans taking a 6-2 lead into the sixth inning. But over the last two innings, the Hoosier bats came alive with seven runs on their way to a 9-7 victory.
The Hoosiers lead the all-time series, 51-45.
Sara Olson, a native or Orland Park, Ill., has been on a tear of late at the plate. In the last seven games, she is hitting .444 (8-for-18) with three doubles, two home runs and six RBI. She is tied with Emily Bergeson for the team lead in home runs with five. Her most recent round-tripper was a towering shot over the scoreboard off OSU’s Kim Reeder.
MORE ON THE NO-NO
Sophomore pitcher Sara Olson became the tenth player in Indiana history to pitch a no-hitter, joining the company of IU greats like Mariangee Bogado and Amy Unterbrink. For Olson, it was her first collegiate no-hitter and the 23rd all-time by an IU pitcher. The individual leader in the category is Unterbrink and her nine no-hitters.
Olson’s no-hitter was the first since Bogado turned the trick against Kentucky on April 12, 2009 in a 2-0 win.
The native of Orland Park, Ill., Olson is the only one to pitch a no-hitter and lose the game. She is also the first one in the country to do so this season.
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 seven games, as she is hitting .421 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.