Softball Hits The Road For Three At Illinois

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    April 18, 2013

    Indiana at Illinois - Champaign, Ill.
     Dates April 20-21, 2013
     Location Martin Softball Complex - Champaign, Ill.
     Game 1 (Saturday) Indiana at Illinois • 2 p.m. ET | GameTracker
     Game 2 (Saturday) Indiana at Illinois • 4 p.m. ET | GameTracker
     Game 3 (Sunday) Indiana at Illinois • 2 p.m. ET | GameTracker
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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana softball team will hit the road for Champaign, Ill. to take on Illinois in a three-game series. The Hoosiers and Fighting Illini will play two on Saturday, April 20 before closing out the weekend with a single game on Sunday, April 21.

    The Illinois softball program will enter tomorrow's game with an 11-25 record this season. UI is currently last in the conference standings with a 1-11 mark in  Big Ten play. The Fighting Illini have dropped 13 of their last 14 games with their most recent loss occuring against Minnesota on April 13. 

    Illinois has maintained a .229 team batting average, which ranks 12th in the Big Ten. Alex Booker is the lone UI batter who has surpassed the .300 plateau, connecting on 36 hits in 104 at bats for a .346 average. The pitching staff has combined for a 4.22 ERA with Shelese Arnold's 2.99 ERA in 20 appearances pacing Illinois' hurlers.

    The Indiana and Illinois all-time series dates back to the 2011 season with Illinois holding a 7-14 advantage over the Hoosiers. The two teams did not meet in 2012, but Indiana has taken the past two contests, most recently a 3-1 win over the Fighting Illini on April 28, 2011. 

    Indiana recently hosted No. 9 Michigan on Tuesday, April 16 for a midweek doubleheader at Andy Mohr Field. The weather was not cooperative enough to allow for both games to be played, causing game two to be cancelled due to lightning and heavy rain in the Bloomington, Ind. area, but both teams were able to complete a nine-inning game that nearly surpassed the four hour mark that afternoon.

    The Hoosiers overcame a four-run deficit to take the Wolverines into extras, but after a one-hour rain delay, U-M came out and plated three runs in the top of the ninth inning to deal Indiana the 7-4 loss. 

    IU fell into that four-run deficit in game one after surrendering a run in the second and three in the third. Michigan plated its first score on an RBI-single in the first. Shannon Cawley fired home and Kelsey Dotson appeared to lay on the tag, but the home plate umpire ruled the runner safe to put U-M up a run. In the third, a solo shot by Ashley Lane and a bases-clearing single from Lauren Sweet gave Michigan a three-run lead.

    In the fifth, the Hoosiers loaded the bases thanks to singles from Dotson, Samantha Heyman and Kelsey Brannon, but Indiana would strand them all after a pop up and a strikeout ended the inning.

    Indiana would not disappoint in the sixth, rallying for four runs in the bottom half of the frame. Brooke Boetjer got the Indiana offense going with a high-bouncing, one-out single to the shortstop. Michelle Huber followed with another single and a line drive off the pitcher's glove by Dotson loaded the bases with one out. After a fly ball out, Heyman dug in at the plate with two away. The senior drew a full count walk to bring in Indiana's first run of the ballgame. Brannon brought in another run with an RBI-single to left, and Amanda Wagner drove a base knock back up the middle to tie the contest at four.

    After a scoreless seventh, the game ventured into extra innings. Neither team managed to drive in runs in the eighth, sending Michigan to bat in the top of the ninth. Lyndsay Doyle led off the frame with a single, but rain and lightning quickly swarmed the Bloomington area and forced a one-hour suspension of play. Once action resumed, U-M quickly added three runs on three hits.

    The Hoosiers could not generate enough offense to dig its way out of a three-run deficit, eventually falling by a score of 7-4.

    Indiana cranked out 11 hits against a pitching staff that has only allowed 5.8 hits per game, with Dotson posting a career-best three hits in the contest. Wagner drove in a pair with her 2-for-4 performance, and Heyman and Brannon each chipped in with RBI this afternoon.

    Boetjer tossed a complete game in the loss, scattering 11 hits through 9.0 innings while striking out a pair of Wolverine batters and walked three.

    Junior infielder Shelby Gogreve has provided solid defense since filling in at the shortstop position this season. The South Pasadena, Calif. native has made just seven errors in the six spot for the third-best fielding percentage (.956) amongst all B1G shortstops. 

    After hitting just .232 (13-56) through the first 20 games of the season, sophomore Shannon Cawley has turned things around at the plate. Since that time, Cawley has hit .338 (26-for-77) to improve her overall batting average from a .232 to a .293 on the season. Through the latter half of those games, the sophomore has only struck out six times and driven in 19 of her 25 RBI so far this year. In the past 22 contests, Cawley has also recorded a hit in all but six games.

    Amanda Wagner has been creating problems for opposing pitching staffs all season. The senior is currently hitting .477 (48-for-102), the second-best mark in the Big Ten, and was 14th in the NCAA in the latest Division I statistical release. In Big Ten games, Wagner has hit a blistering .515 with a .727 slugging pecentage and a .692 on-base percentage. Wagner has connected on a hit in 17 of the last 20 contests and has reached base in each of the past nine gamess. The righty has also hit safely in the past seven consecutive contests. Her 17 multi-hit games leads the team, and her seven multi-RBI games ranks second on the IU squad.

    When Indiana mangages to score first, the Hoosiers have owned a 16-5 record this season. IU has outscored opponents 39-13 in the first inning alone, and are 9-2 in games where they strike in the opening frame. 




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