April 11, 2012
Indiana takes a break from Big Ten play to travel to Indiana State to take on the Sycamores on Wednesday. It will be the first non-conference game for the Hoosiers since playing UIC on Sunday, March 18 as part of the Hoosier Classic. Since the Big Ten portion of the schedule increased to three games against weekend opponent, the only non-conference games IU will play after the start of Big Ten play will be against Indiana State, Ball State and Louisville
The Hoosiers are coming off a 2-1 weekend at home against Purdue, who entered the weekend as the only undefeated team in league play. Indiana took both games on Saturday before falling in the finale on Sunday.
Amanda Wagner was a huge reason behind both wins on Saturday. She scored the game-winning walk-off run in game one on Brianna Meyer's double with two outs in the seventh inning to allow IU to come away with the 3-2 win. In game two, Wagner went 4-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI as IU cruised to the 9-5 win. Lora Olson got both wins on Saturday, going the distance in game one and then coming on in relief in game two.
After Saturday's two wins over Purdue, the Hoosiers had won four straight against the in-state rival Boilermakers, the longest winnning streak since the 1996 and 1997 seasons.
When they take on Indiana State, the Hoosiers will be putting their eight-game winning streak against the Sycamores on the line. Indiana leads the all-time series, 54-17.
Although Amanda Wagner continues to show opponents why she is a feared hitter in the middle of the lineup for IU. Her .353 average with eight home runs and 25 RBI speak for themselves, but she has drawn 17 walks to help her .459 on-base percentage. In the win against Michigan on March 31, she had four RBI, including a three-run opposite field home run to put the game away. Then last weekend against Purdue, she hit .500 with two home runs, five RBI and a slugging percentage of 1.375.
She leads team lead with eight home runs this season. The native of Burbank, Ill., has 19 career home runs and 64 career RBI as she plays her third season. With one more home run, she will become the 11th player in IU history to hit 20 or more career home runs.
ALL ABOUT ABRAHAM
Sophomore Jenna Abraham continues to impress at the plate this season, hitting .343 with five home runs and 16 RBI - all of which are better than her freshman season when she garnered Third Team All-Big Ten accolades. Only twice this season has she gone two consecutive games without a hit and has a team-best 10 multi-hit games.
In addition to her prowess at the plate, she also robbed a home run in left field against UIC in the seventh inning for the final out of the game - a home run that would have tied the game.
BRI'S ON FIRE
Freshman first baseman Bri Meyer enters today's game riding a five-game hitting streak, the longest active streak on the team. Since the start of the Hoosier Classic on March 16, Meyer has seen her batting average take off as she is hitting .341 over the last 13 games with one home run and six RBI. All of that compared to the first 24 games when she was hitting .250 with four RBI.
Senior second baseman Samantha Berenter has been instrumental to the Hoosiers' offensive success this season and is having a career year at the plate in the process. She has scored 20 runs, hit three home runs and 18 RBI, all of which are career highs.
LUCKY NUMBER SIX
When Indiana scores at least six runs in a game this season, they have posted a 11-1 record. When you compare that to last season, when the Hoosiers were 8-2 for the season when scoring six or more runs.
The Hoosiers have scored a run in the first inning of 15 games this season and are 13-2 in those games. When they score the first run of the game - regardless of inning - they are 17-4.
With a pitching staff that is gaining experience by the inning, the Hoosiers have not been fazed by close games so far this year. In games decided by two runs or fewer, the Hoosiers are 9-5. In games that IU has had the lead going into the 7th inning, the Hoosiers are 13-2
HEY MAN, RIGHT IS RIGHT
Junior outfielder Samantha Heyman made one of the most difficult transitions a player can make - moving from the left side of the plate to the right side. And this year the results have been dramatically better, as she is hitting .268 with three doubles and a triple and six RBI. In her first two seasons, she hit .179 with two doubles and eight RBI while batting from the left side.
In addition to that, Heyman has been outstanding in center field, registering 15 career outfield assists.
CASSIE CATCHES FIRE
Fifth year senior catcher Cassie Gogreve is hitting .304 so far this season and has 22 RBI. At the Phyllis Rafter Memoria in Georgia, the South Pasadena, Calif., native hit her first home run of the season and drove in six runs, including a four RBI game against Saint Louis.
She has also appeared in all 139 games over the last two-plus seasons since she joined the Hoosiers from South Carolina.
CAWLEY-ING THE SHOTS
Freshmen third baseman Shannon Cawley was inserted into the heart of the Indiana order in Georgia and showed that's right where she belonged. Against No. 10 Stanford, the senior smacked a solo home run off All-American pitcher Teagan Gerhart to tie the game and keep the momentum in Indiana's favor. She also hit a towering home run against Central Arkansas and finished the five games in Georgia with six RBI. For the season, Cawley is hitting .330 with three home runs and 16 RBI, including four sac fly RBI which is tied for the second-most in the country.
Freshmen Lora Olson and Shannon Cawley showed their prowess at the plate in Las Vegas, connecting for their first collegiate home runs. Cawley did so with a solo home run to center field against BYU and Olson did it against Memphis, a two-run blast to tie the game in the fourth inning. Brianna Meyer got on the home run train against No. 20 Michigan, clubbing a solo home run, the first of her career, to right center in the Hoosiers 7-2 win over the Wolverines.