April 18, 2012
Indiana will travel north to play Ball State on Wednesday in the last of a five-game road trip. The Hoosiers are 2-2 so far on the trip with a win last Wednesday at Indiana followed by a 1-2 weekend at Penn State. Indiana leads the all-time series with Ball State, 41-32, after winning last year's meeting in Bloomington, 3-0.
Although they lost the series to the Nittany Lions, there were some very good individual efforts by Indiana, led by Amanda Wagner. Statistically she had just four at-bats for the weekend but she made the most of them, going 2-for-4, both hits being doubles, and five RBI. In addition, she drew eight walks and was hit-by-pitch once to give her a .846 on-base percentage for the weekend.
Perhaps the most amazing stat of the entire weekend in State College was that IU batters drew 24 walks over the three games (13 in game one) and had an on-base percentage of .452.
Although Amanda Wagner continues to show opponents why she is a feared hitter in the middle of the lineup for IU. Her .349 average with eight home runs and 30 RBI speak for themselves, but she has drawn 25 walks to help her .486 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 against Purdue, she hit .500 with two home runs, five RBI and a slugging percentage of 1.375. Last weekend at Penn State, she had just two hits but drove in five runs and drew eight walks.
She leads team lead with eight home runs this season. The native of Burbank, Ill., has 19 career home runs and 69 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 .333 with five home runs and 17 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 28 runs scored.
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 this weeks game riding a nine-game hitting streak, the longest active streak on the team. During the streak, she is hitting .364 with a home run, double, eight walks 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 .314 over the last 17 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 16 games this season and are 14-2 in those games. When they score the first run of the game - regardless of inning - they are 19-4.
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 22 runs, hit three home runs and 22 RBI, all of which are career highs. For her career, she has posted a .220 hitter and had 23 total RBI entering her senior season.
LUCKY NUMBER SIX
When Indiana scores at least six runs in a game this season, they have posted a 12-1 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 15-2
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 .247 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 16 career outfield assists.
CASSIE CATCHES FIRE
Fifth year senior catcher Cassie Gogreve is hitting .298 this season and has 24 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 143 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 .324 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.