Hoosiers and Cardinals Set For Wednesday Doubleheader
April 22, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana Hoosiers (7-32, 3-9 Big Ten) and Ball State Cardinals (23-19, 13-2 MAC) will take the field at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday for the first game of a doubleheader.
Wednesday's doubleheader with Ball State continues a stretch of eight home games in the last 12 games of the season. The Hoosiers are coming off a pair of losses at home to Tulsa on Saturday. In game two, Emily Bergeson hit her 15th career home run in the seventh inning while Jennifer Glueckert had two of the three hits for the Hoosiers in game one.
Ball State lost a tough 7-5 game to Morehead State on Tuesday after splitting a pair of games against Western Michigan at home. The dropped the first game in nine innigns before coming back to win the second game 10-2 in five innings.
THE LAST TIME...
Indiana and Ball State have already met once this season, a 4-1 Cardinals victory in Clearwater, Fla., as part of the USF Under Armour Showcase. BSU's Elizabeth Milian allowed one unearned run on four hits to get the win. IU's Jennifer Glueckert had two hits and an RBI in the losing effort. Indiana leads the all-time series with the Cardinals, 38-30, but Ball State has won the last four meetings and only allowed four runs in those wins.
SIGN OF IMPROVEMENT
Sophomore Sara Olson has show dramatic improvement in the circle this year for Indiana, and is one of the most improved pitchers in the Big Ten this season. Of all the pitchers in the Big Ten that pitched at least 80 innings last year and returned this season, Olson has lowered her ERA the most, going from 4.86 to 3.03 (-1.83). The next closest is Ohio State's Kim Reeder who went from 2.46 to 1.22 (-1.24).
The best sign of her improvement actually game against the Buckeyes on April 8, when Olson pitcher her first collegiate no-hitter. She struck out nine and allowed one run to take the improbable loss but continued to show that the future is very bright for this Orland Park, Ill., product.
SCOUTING THE CARDINALS
Ball State is sitting at the top of the Mid-American Conference with a 13-2 conference mark. Before dropping the first game of a doubleheader against Western Michigan, the Cardinals had won nine straight conference games. They are led at the plate by Alyssa Collins and her .369 batting average and Jen Reifschneider's eight home runs and 28 RBI. Alicia Barkley leads the team with 29 runs batted in while Lisa Rozanski is 24-for-25 in the stolen base department and has scored a team-high 34 runs.
ALUMNI DAY ON SATURDAY
The IU softball team will host its annual Alumni Day on Saturday against No. 24 Iowa, with the pregame festivities starting at 1:45 p.m. and the first pitch at 2:00 p.m. Among those alumni that will be on hand cover almost the entire history of the program, from the start in the early '70s to last year's squad. There will also be two former coaches on hand, current Iowa head coach Gayle Blevins and current Iowa assistant coach Diane Stephenson.
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