Softball Hosts Ball State In Midweek DH Wednesday
April 15, 2014
The Indiana softball team will play in its sixth and seventh consecutive home games when it hosts Ball State this Wednesday, April 16 in a 4 p.m. ET doubleheader at Andy Mohr Field.
A LOOK AT BALL STATE
The Cardinals head to Bloomington with a 23-14 overall record under first-year head coach, Tyra Perry. BSU is currently atop the Mid-American Conference West Division with a 4-2 in MAC play and comes off of a split with Northern Illinois and a two-game sweep over Western Michigan.
The Cardinals are hitting .322 as a team, which ranks 17th in the NCAA. Five players are batting above .300 with Briana Evans pacing the Cardinals at a .409 clip.
In the circle, the Ball State pitching staff has combined for a 4.33 ERA in 234.2 innings pitched. Kelsey Schifferdecker and Nicole Steinback have split a majority of the time in the circle, each tossing 97.2 innings on the year. Schifferdecker leads the staff with a 3.73 ERA and has held opponents to a .296 average.
THE ALL-TIME SERIES
The Hoosiers and Cardinals will meet for the 74th time in program history, with Indiana owning a 41-32 advantage in the all-time series. The two teams first met in the 1974 season, where IU took a 9-8 victory over Ball State in Indiana’s inauggural season.
Ball State has owned a 7-3 record in the last 10 meetings, including a 5-2 win in the two squads’ most recent contest in Bloomington on April 23, 2013.
The Hoosiers closed its three-game series with Penn State with a walk-off, extra-innings thriller on Sunday. The Hoosiers trailed in the sixth before Kassi Farmer tied the ballgame on an RBI-single. She would prove to be clutch once more when she provided the game-winning hit in the bottom of the eighth to score Saucedo from second base and lift the Hoosiers over the Nittany Lions, 8-7.
Farmer finished the day with a career-best 4-for-5 performance along with a career-high five RBI. Her four hits tie for the most by an IU player this season, and her five RBI tie for the second most in 2014.
The Indiana softball team put together one of the largest comebacks in program history in its 11-7 walk-off victory over Ohio State on March 28, 2014. The Hoosiers plated 11 answered runs to overcome a seven-run deficit, the largest comeback recorded in at least 20 seasons, which was ultimately capped off by a walk-off, grand slam by sophomore Kelsey Dotson.
GRAND OLD TIME
With Kelsey Dotson’s grand slam against Ohio State on March 28, four active players on the IU roster have now connected on home runs with the bases loaded in their respective careers, three of which hitting grand slams in 2014. The three grand slams this season are also the second-most by a Big Ten squad so far in 2014, trailing only Michigan who has hit six this spring.
ACTIVE PLAYERS WITH A GRAND SLAM
Meaghan Murphy was an integral part of the Hoosiers’ 7-3 win over Michigan State last Wednesday, April 9th. The senior fanned a career-high 13 batters, topping her previous high mark of 10 against Georgia State on February 17, 2013, and retired six of the final eight outs of the game with strikeouts. Murphy’s 13 strikeouts are not only the most by an IU pitcher this season, but they are the most since Morgan Melloh retired 13 at Northwestern on May 7, 2011.
IN GOOD COMPANY
With her first hit against Penn State on April 11, redshirt senior Breanna Saucedo earned her 200th career hit, making her just one of five IU softball players to earn 200-or-more hits in a career. She currently has 204 hits, putting her fifth on the all-time list. She needs just 10 more hits to tie her for fourth (Aimee Lonigro had 214 from 1994-97). Saucedo is also tied for fifth in runs scored, matching Marjie Ledgerwood’s 101 runs from 1987-90, and is only six stolen bases shy of tying for the sixth-most in program history (Julia Hamilton - 51 from 2005-08).
The Hoosiers have been able to shut the door in the final innings this season. When the Hoosiers lead after the sixth inning, Indiana has been a perfect 8-0.
TURNING THINGS AROUND
After a slow start to the 2014 campaign, junior Brianna Meyer has turned things around at the plate, hitting .341 (28-for-82) in the last 27 games. During that span, Meyer has earned a hit in all but eight contests and has reached base in 23-of-27 games.
After missing nearly all of the 2013 season due to injury, redshirt senior Breanna Saucedo has quickly made an impact in the Hoosiers’ lineup in her return this spring
10-game hit streak from March 14-30, where she hit .471 (16-for-34), surpassing her previous seven consecutive games with a hit (Feb. 8 through Feb. 21)
The Hoosiers’ defense turned five double plays against the Boilermakers last weekend. The five double plays doubled Indiana’s season total, as IU had previously turned five in its previous 34 games.
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