Softball On The Road At Penn State For Weekend Series

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    Go Hoosiers!

    Go Hoosiers!

    April 13, 2012

    Indiana (20-18, 4-5 Big Ten) at Penn State (11-22, 3-6 Big Ten)
     Dates April 14-15, 2012
     Location University Park, Pa. (Beard Field)
     Game 1 (Saturday) Indiana at Penn State • 2:00 p.m. ET | GameTracker
     Game 2 (Saturday) Indiana at Penn State • 4:00 p.m. ET | GameTracker
     Game 3 (Sunday) Indiana at Penn State • 1:00 p.m. ET | GameTracker
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    The Hoosiers return to Big Ten play this weekend at Penn State coming off a 3-0 win at Indiana State on Wednesday. Freshman pitcher Lora Olson allowed just two hits and recorded a season-best seven strikeouts on her way to her 12th win of the season.

    Another freshman, Brianna Meyer, came up with the key hit of the game when she lined a single back up the middle with the bases loaded to score a pair of runs in the first. Cassie Gogreve followed with a sac fly to right field to provide all the scoring in the game.

    The Hoosiers went 2-1 last 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 winning streak since the 1996 and 1997 seasons.

    Although Amanda Wagner continues to show opponents why she is a feared hitter in the middle of the lineup for IU. Her .343 average with eight home runs and 25 RBI speak for themselves, but she has drawn 17 walks to help her .448 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.

    Sophomore Jenna Abraham continues to impress at the plate this season, hitting .337 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. She also leads the team with 27 runs scored. Only three times 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.

    Freshman first baseman Bri Meyer enters this weekend's game riding a six-game hitting streak, the longest active streak on the team. During the streak, she is hitting .421 with a home run, double and six RBI.

    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 14 games with one home run and eight RBI. All of that compared to the first 24 games when she was hitting .250 with four RBI.

    The Hoosiers have scored a run in the first inning of 15 games this season and are 14-2 in those games. When they score the first run of the game - regardless of inning - they are 18-4.

    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.

    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.

    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 14-2

    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 .257 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.

    Fifth year senior catcher Cassie Gogreve is hitting .309 so far this season and has 23 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 140 games over the last two-plus seasons since she joined the Hoosiers from South Carolina.

    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.




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