Hoosiers Set To Host Ohio State For Pair of Games

    Go Hoosiers! Emily Bergeson leads the Hoosiers with an on-base percentage of .468 this season.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Emily Bergeson leads the Hoosiers with an on-base percentage of .468 this season.
    Go Hoosiers!

    April 11, 2008

    Game Notes

    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...

    Indiana comes into the weekend with some momentum after earning a split on the road against Wisconsin and then defeating Indiana State, 4-1, on Wednesday. In the doubleheader in Madison, Monica Wright struck out 10 and the Hoosier bats caught fire in game one on the way to a 5-3 win. In game two, freshman pitcher Sara Olson also struck out 10 but did not get any run support in a 3-0 loss to the Badgers.

    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.

    The Ohio State offense is led by one of the best hitters in the country this season in Sam Marder. Marder brings a .475 batting average into the weekend with 11 home runs and 44 RBI, all of which place her at the top of national lists. Her average was the fourth highest in the country coming into the week while her home run and RBI totals are also among the top 30 in the country.

    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.

    Since the Hoosiers returned from their Spring Break trip to Florida, junior shortstop Emily Bergeson has been in the middle of all the action for Indiana. In their 15 games back in the Midwest, Bergeson has a .407 batting average with two home runs, nine RBI, 10 runs scored, 16 walks, a slugging percentage of .667 and an on-base percentage of .614. Her 26 walks on the year put her in second place in the Big Ten in that category behind Ohio State's Sam Marder.

    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.

    The Hoosiers picked up their first win on the road in 2008 at Kentucky on April 1. Tory Yamaguchi got IU to within a run in the seventh inning when she reached on a Wildcat error, putting two runners on for Jennilee Huddleston. The senior from Peachtree City, Ga., had been mired in a 1-for-17 slump before breaking out with a triple in the sixth inning. She followed it up with a two-run double to the gap in right center to give Indiana a 5-4 lead in the top of the seventh.

    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.

    Both games of the Hoosiers' Big Ten doubleheader at Wisconsin were carried live on the Big Ten Network and it was the two starting pitchers for Indiana that made the most of it.

    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.

    Redshirt senior Tory Yamaguchi has been a terror at the plate throughout her career in Bloomington. In her three previous seasons, Yamaguchi slugged 33 home runs and has four this season for a total of 37 round trippers, leaving her just one home run short of the all-time mark of 38 set by Monica Armendarez (1999-98).

    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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