Hoosiers Set To Host Ohio State For Pair of Games
April 11, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana softball team returns to the IU Softball Field and Big Ten play when the Ohio State Buckeyes invade Bloomington. The Hoosiers and Buckeyes will square off at 4 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. on Saturday. The following are a few notes on the teams heading into the weekend...
OUT OF THE BOX
The Hoosiers returned to to the Hoosier State for an in-state battle with the Sycamores from Indiana State. Wright was able to pitch out of a few early inning jams and the Indiana bats woke up in the fourth and fifth innings, scoring two in each for a 4-1 win. For Wright, it was her tenth complete game of the season and her eighth victory of the year.
This weekend will see the Hoosiers return to Bloomington after playing their last seven games on the road. In those seven games, Indiana went 4-3 with a pair of wins at Kentucky followed by victories at Wisconsin and Indiana State. Emily Bergeson and Jennilee Huddleston both hit over .400 on the road swing and had slugging percentages of .647 or better. Bergeson slugged .647 with a home run and seven RBI in addition to 10 walks that led to a .643 on base percentage. Huddleston slugged .708 with the help of two doubles, a triple, a home run and six runs batted in.
As a team, Indiana hit .289 during that stretch compared to their overall average that is just over .200 with all games included.
Ohio State comes to Bloomington with a 23-14 overall record and receiving votes in the latest NFCA top 25 poll.
A QUICK LOOK AT THE BUCKEYES
Kim Reeder has drawn a majority of the starts, 19, in the circle for the Buckeyes and has a 12-9 mark with a 1.84 ERA. Lindsay Bodeker and Megan Miller have split the other 18 games and have a combined 11-5 record.
As a team, the Buckeyes head to Bloomington on a six-game losing streak after being swept at home by Michigan State and Northwestern last weekend.
GETTIN' ON BASE
The Cleveland, Ill., native had one of the best statistical days in recent memory for Indiana in game two of a doubleheader at Kentucky. She was a perfect 2-for-2 at the plate and drew walks in her other four plate appearances to drive in a pair of runs and score three herself.
She hit .429 with four of her six hits being doubles and driving in five runs at the Under Armour Invitational, the final tournament in Florida before returning home. At one point, she had a stretch of five at-bats where she had four doubles. She also posted a .714 slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .500.
ON THE ROAD
Indiana used that momentum in game two against the Wildcats and pulled out a wild 16-13 win in eight innings. The Hoosiers added road wins three and four at Wisconsin and Indiana State, respectively.
PITCHERS LOVE THE LIGHTS
In game one, junior Monica Wright struck out a career high 10 Badgers on her way to win number seven on the season. She needed some seventh inning heroics from Jennilee Huddleston and pinch-hitter Alyssa Maiese to get the lead and then battled a pair of errors in the bottom of the seventh to hang on for the win. The outcome in game two was not what the Hoosiers wanted, but freshman pitcher Sara Olson was the star for Indiana. The native of Orland Park, Ill., fanned 10 hitters, the most of her brief career in Bloomington.
Each season, the native of Woodland Hills, Calif., has increased her home run total. After hitting 10 as a redshirt freshman in 2004, she followed that up with 11 in 2005 before hitting 12 in 2007. That total from a year ago tied two other Hoosiers for the third most in a single season in IU history. The all-time single season record is 16 set by Michelle Venturella in 1994.
Jennilee Huddleston also moved into the top 10 on the career homer list with her 11th career dinger at the Frost Classic in Chattanooga, Tenn. The opposite-field shot was her first of the season and moved her to with in one of Amy Lonigro's 12 career home runs. The senior then tied Lonigro for ninth on the list with her game-winning three-run home run at Wisconsin (4/6) to cap a five-run rally in the top of the seventh.
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