April 20, 2012
| Northwestern (17-22, 5-7 Big Ten) at Indiana (21-21, 5-7 Big Ten)
||April 21-22, 2012
|| Bloomington, Ind. (IU Softball Field)
| Game 1 (Saturday)
||Northwestern at Indiana 12:00 p.m. ET | GameTracker
| Game 2 (Sunday)
||Northwestern at Indiana 2:00 p.m. ET | GameTracker
| Game 3 (Sunday)
|| Northwestern at Indiana 4:00 p.m. ET | GameTracker
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||Saturday: "Think Pink" game to help raise cancer awareness; 50 mini-softballs and 100 t-shirts to be given away.
The Hoosiers return to Big Ten action at home this weekend, playing host to Northwestern Wildcats. Saturday will feature just one game with the first pitch slated for 12:00 p.m., and it will be the team's "Think Pink" game to help raise cancer awareness. Then on Sunday, the doubleheader will start at 2:00 p.m. ET, and both games will be aired LIVE on the Big Ten Network.
Indiana is coming off a tough weekend at Penn State, going 1-2 and then a loss at Ball State on Wednesday that saw the Cardinals - one of the top hitting teams in the country - show why in scoring 12 runs.
Over the last four games, Shelby Gogreve has been the team's best hitting, going 6-for-15 (.400) with a home run and four RBI for the sophomore shortstop. In that same time period, Amanda Wagner is just 3-for-6 with five RBI but had drawn nine walks and has an on-base percentage of .824.
YOUTH IN THE CIRCLE
In looking at the 62 softball teams in BCS conferences, there is just one (Pitt) that has fewer innings pitched returning from last year than Indiana. The Hoosiers had sophomore Meaghan Murphy's 5.0 innings of work last year coming back while Pitt has two freshman carrying all of the pitching duties this season. Among Big Ten, Indiana has the fewest innings returning with Purdue (48.0) being second.
Although Amanda Wagner continues to show opponents why she is a feared hitter in the middle of the lineup for IU. Her .351 average with eight home runs and 30 RBI speak for themselves, but she has drawn 26 walks to help her .493 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 the 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 .331 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 29 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.
SHELBY TAKES ADVANTAGE
Shelby Gogreve has taken over the starting position at shortstop after Breanna Saucedo went down with a foot injury in the first game of Big Ten play at Ohio State on March 24. Since that time, Gogreve has hit .341 with a home run, double and four RBI. Last weekend at Penn State, she hit her first career home run, a solo shot to left field.
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 19-5.
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 average 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
BRI'S ON FIRE
Freshman first baseman Bri Meyer enters this weeks game having reached base safely in 10 straight games, the longest active streak on the team. During the streak, she is hitting .310 with a home run, double, nine walks and six RBI.
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 .244 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. More importantly, as she bats predominately in the ninth spot in the order, she has seven sac bunts this season while she had just one last year.
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 .299 this season and has 26 RBI. At the Phyllis Rafter Memorial 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. Then on Wednesday at Ball State, she turned on a inside pitch and hit a two-run home run, her second long ball of the year.
She has also appeared in all 144 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.