April 17, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
The Indiana Hoosiers (7-20) will welcome the Tulsa Golden Hurricane (26-14) to the IU Softball Field for a non-conference doubleheader on Saturday starting at 2:30 p.m.
Indiana takes a break from its tough conference schedule to host the Tulsa Golden Hurricane on Saturday for a doubleheader. The Hoosiers dropped both games of a doubleheader at Illinois on Wednesday, despite holding the potent Illini bats to just eight runs combined over the two games. Senior Ashley Hobbs hit her first home run as a Hoosier in game two, a towering blast that cleared the scoreboard in left center field.
Tulsa swept a three-game series against UAB last weekend and is riding a four-game win streak coming into this weekend.
THE LAST TIME...
The Hoosiers and Golden Hurricane met last year in San Diego, with Indiana coming out on top thanks to a walk-off home run from Kari Bettenbrock. The teams have met in three of the four previous seasons and the Hoosiers have taken two of those meetings.
The Hoosiers and Hurricane have split their six all-time meetings, 3-3. IU took the first meeting before Tulsa reeled off three straight only to see IU take the last two to even the series.
Here are a look at some of the statistical milestones that a few Indiana players are coming up on as season starts to head towards the homestretch:
* Sara Olson needs 10 strikeouts for 150 career
* Emily Bergeson needs 10 hits for 200 career
* Michelle Gardner needs 6 more wins for 200
Junior Kristin King was inserted into the lineup at third base for the second game of a doubleheader against No. 16 Ohio State and the rest, as they say, is history. She made some stellar plays in her first game there and then continued the strong play over the weekend at Michigan State.
Against the Spartans, she collected in her first career hit, a double to left field, in game one. And then in game two, she laced a two-run double into left center in the top of the eighth inning, her first career RBIs.
MORE ON THE NO-NO
Sophomore pitcher Sara Olson became the tenth player in Indiana history to pitch a no-hitter, joining the company of IU greats like Mariangee Bogado and Amy Unterbrink. For Olson, it was her first collegiate no-hitter and the 23rd all-time by an IU pitcher. The individual leader in the category is Unterbrink and her nine no-hitters.
Olson's no-hitter was the first since Bogado turned the trick against Kentucky on April 12, 2009 in a 2-0 win.
The native of Orland Park, Ill., Olson is the only one to pitch a no-hitter and lose the game. She is also the first one in the country to do so this season.
BERGESON BOUNCING BACK
Senior shortstop Emily Bergeson was the leading hitter for the Hoosiers a year ago and came into her final collegiate season looking to improve upon a .308 average and eight home runs. However, the season got off to a rocky start for the Cleveland, Ill., native as she was hitting .238 with two home runs and six RBI through the first 22 games. But all of that has changed over the last 11 games, as she is hitting .400 with three home runs, 10 runs and nine RBI.
Her home run against No. 8 Northwestern moved her into sole posession of ninth place on the career home run list at Indiana, breaking a tie with 2008 graduate Jennilee Huddleston.