Bloomington, Ind.- The Indiana softball team has a full slate of games planned for the week ahead, starting with a non-conference home game against the University of Louisville on Wednesday, April 21 at 4:00 p.m. The Hoosiers will then travel to Evanston, Ill., where they will take on Northwestern for conference games on Friday, April 23 at 3:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 24 at 12:00 p.m. IU closes out the weekend in East Lansing, Mich., with a doubleheader against Michigan State on Sunday, April 25 starting at 12:00 p.m.
Hoosiers Get First Two Big Ten Victories
The monkey is off the back of the Indiana softball team as it picked up its first two Big Ten victories of the season this past weekend against Wisconsin and Minnesota. Both games were won in dramatic fashion. In game one against Wisconsin, the score was tied 2-2 in the bottom of the seventh when the Hoosiers forced the game into extra-innings after a two-out Badger rally. In the top of the ninth, right-fielder Val White drilled an RBI single to right, giving Indiana a 3-2 lead. Mariangee Bogado struckout two in the bottom of the inning to secure the win. In game two of a twin bill with Minnesota on Sunday, the game was a scoreless tie until the bottom of the seventh. With two outs and two runners on base, Indiana shortstop Meghan Connors hit a blooper to third base that fell for a hit and Lauren Hines scored from third, giving the Hoosiers a 1-0 victory. Indiana dropped its other two games of both series. The team fell to Wisconsin, 1-0, in game two and lost, 6-4, in the first game of the doubleheader with Minnesota.
A Look at Louisville
Louisville brings a 35-10 overall record and a 16-2 conference record into play on Wednesday. A member of Conference USA, Louisville is coming off a three-game sweep of conference foe Houston this past weekend in Texas. The Cardinals won game one, 6-2, game two, 4-3 and game three, 2-1. As a team, Louisville is batting .300 and the Cardinal pitching staff has a combined ERA of 1.61. The Cardinals are led by freshman Audrey Rendon with a .405 batting average. Sophomore Aja Sherman leads them in the circle with a 12-2 record and a 1.38 ERA. Louisville holds a 1-3 series advantage over Indiana. The last time the two teams met was in 2002 with the Cardinals defeating the Hoosiers, 5-4, in nine innings.
Northwestern is coming off a perfect 4-0 weekend sweep of Big Ten Conference foes Penn State and Ohio State. The Wildcats beat the Nittany Lions, 4-1, in game one and 2-0 in game two on Friday and Saturday. They went on to defeat Ohio State, 5-3 and 5-3 in a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon. Overall, the Wildcats are hitting .254 and have a combined ERA of 1.94. Junior Erin Mobley leads Northwestern at the plate with a .357 batting average while sophomore Kristen Amegin is on top in homeruns with seven. The Cats top two pitchers are freshman Eileen Canney and sophomore Courtnay Foster who boast 2.40 ad 1.59 ERAs respectively. Before facing off against the Hoosiers on Friday, the Wildcats will take on Notre Dame in a doubleheader on Wednesday, April 21. Northwestern holds a 47-34 all-time series advantage over Indiana. The last time the two teams met was in 2003 with the Wildcats sweeping the Hoosiers in a doubleheader, 6-3 and 2-1.
Scouting Michigan State Michigan State comes into play this weekend with a 24-19 overall record and a 4-8 Big Ten record. Last weekend, the Spartans split their series with Ohio State, winning game one, 4-2 and falling in game two, 8-7. In a doubleheader with Penn State on Sunday, they fell in both games, 6-1 and 11-6. Currently, Michigan State leads the Big Ten with a .315 batting average. From the circle, they have a combined ERA of 3.22. Senior Natalie Furrow leads Michigan State with a .447 batting average and is tied with sophomore Elizabeth Peterson with seven homeruns. The Spartans primary pitcher is senior Jessica Beech who boasts an 18-12 record and a 2.42 ERA. The Hoosiers hold a 47-40 all-time series lead over Michigan State. Last year, MSU took game one, 7-0, but Indiana came back to win game two, 5-4. The Hoosier victory was the first Big Ten win for Indiana in almost two years.
Connors Gets First Collegiate Hit Sophomore walk-on Meghan Connors two-out RBI blooper to third base in the Hoosiers second game against Minnesota was her first collegiate hit and RBI. The hit allowed designated player Lauren Hines to score the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh to shutout the Golden Gophers, 1-0.
Bogado Stellar in Big Ten Wins Sophomore Mariangee Bogado was 2-1 in Big Ten Conference play this weekend. The Mariara, Venezuela native had a .041 ERA and notched 20 strikeouts in 17.0 innings of work, while allowing just one earned run. At the plate, Bogado hit .308 with two doubles, two RBI and one run scored. Against Wisconsin in game one, along with getting the win in the pitcher's circle, Bogado was 2-for-4 with two RBI.
Stark Still Hot In Conference Play Senior outfielder Abby Stark has had an offensive spark since Big ten play began on April 2. This past weekend, Stark hit a solid .300 with a double, two RBI and a run scored. Overall, the Vancouver Wash., native is leading the Hoosiers in Big Ten play with a .346 batting average, good for ninth in the conference.
McCormack Hits Fourth Homer First baseman Karly McCormack was back on top of the offensive charts for Indiana this past weekend. She hit .333 with two RBI and one run scored. The Antioch, Calif., native also hit her fourth homerun of the season in the Hoosiers 6-4 loss to Minnesota on Sunday.
Thats Gonna Leave a Mark
In game two of the Hoosiers doubleheader against Minnesota, first baseman Karly McCormack was hit by a pitch for the sixth time this year. On April 2-3, three different Hoosiers were hit by pitches four different times. Overall this season, the Hoosiers have been hit 22 times! Sophomore Lauren Hines leads the pack with seven plunks followed by Mariangee Bogado who has also been hit six times.