Indiana To Host No. 24 Iowa and Alumni This Weekend

    Go Hoosiers! Molly Anderson
    Go Hoosiers!
    Molly Anderson
    Go Hoosiers!

    April 23, 2009

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    The Indiana Hoosiers (9-32, 3-9 Big Ten) will host No. 24 Iowa (36-11, 7-5 Big Ten) this weekend for a pair of games. On Saturday, the game will start at 2 p.m. and Sunday will start at 1 p.m. Fans can follow the action via Gametracker by clicking on the schedule link at the top of the page.

        Indiana brings a two game winning streak into the weekend against No. 24 Iowa.  The Hoosiers took both games of a doubleheader with Ball State on Wednesday, 2-1 in game one and 8-0 in five innings in game two.  Emily Bergeson was 4-for-6 in the two games combined with four RBI.  In game two, Ashley Hobbs pitched a one-hitter for her first shutout of the season.
        Iowa picked up a 5-3 win over Northern Iowa on Tuesday and won both games against Michigan State last weekend in Iowa City.
        The Hoosiers and Hawkeyes met last year in Bloomington and Indiana came away with identical 3-2 wins in a doubleheader.  In game one, Sara Olson hit a three-run home run to give the Hoosiers the win.  Game two saw Tory Yamaguchi hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning with IU trailing 2-0 to give the Hoosiers the two-game sweep.
        Iowa leads the all-time series, 54-34, but the Hoosiers have won four of the last seven meetings.

        Senior Ashley Hobbs and sophomore Sara Olson have been on a roll of late in the circle for Indiana.  Over the last nine games, the Hoosiers  have won four games and the two have combined for a 2.08 ERA, almost half of what their overall season ERA is (4.04).  Included in that is a no-hitter from Olson, a 15 strikeout performance and one-hit game from Hobbs.  Olson is holding opponents to a .177 batting average and has a 1.33 ERA of her own.

        Here are a look at some of the statistical milestones that a few Indiana players are coming up on as season starts to head towards the homestretch:
    * Sara Olson needs 6 strikeouts for 150 career
    * Emily Bergeson needs 3 hits for 200 career and 8 more walks to tie for fifth all-time at IU
    * Michelle Gardner needs 4 more wins for 200

        Senior shortstop Emily Bergeson was the leading hitter for the Hoosiers a year ago and came into her final collegiate season looking to improve upon a .308 average and eight home runs.  However, the season got off to a rocky start for the Cleveland, Ill., native as she was hitting .238 with two home runs and six RBI through the first 22 games.  But all of that has changed over the last nine games, as she is hitting .462 with one home run, seven runs and eight RBI.
        Her home run against No. 8 Northwestern moved her into sole posession of ninth place (14 HR) on the career home run list at Indiana, breaking a tie at with 2008 graduate Jennilee Huddleston.  She has since added her 15th carer home run against Tulsa.
        The Geneseo high school grad is excelling in Big Ten play this year as well, hitting .375 with three home runs, seven RBI and 10 runs scored.  She also has a slugging percentage of .719 and an on-base percentage of .487 in conference.

        Freshman Bridget Langan legged out her first career triple on Wednesday against Ball State.  She pulled the pitch into the right center gap, just out of the reach of the outfielder and made it to third, just her third career hit.
        Langan has also made three starts this season, one at catcher and two at first base.




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