IU Travels To Evansville|
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana will play six of its last seven games on the road, starting with a trip to Evansville on Tuesday, April 26. The slate includes a crucial six-game road swing for the Hoosiers, with five contests against Big Ten opponents. First pitch is set for 6 p.m., at Cooper Stadium. The game can be viewed through live stats by clicking here. The game will also be aired on WUEV, The University of Evansville's radio station. You can access that broadcast by clicking here.
Evansville brings a 14-28 record into the non-conference affair. The Purple Aces have lost four in a row and eight of their last nine games. Evansville does have an impressive victory under its belt with a 2-0 shutout of then-No. 4 Texas in Austin on March 4.
Evansville has struggled with the bat for much of the year, compiling a .180 team batting average. The Purple Aces have also averaged 2.2 runs a game and has hit just 12 home runs on the year, Sophomore Ashley Werner leads the team in hitting (.240) and stolen bases (6-for-7). Senior Juliet Nickelson tops the squad in runs scored (14) and RBI (13), but is sporting just a .187 average.
Three hurlers make up the Evansville pitching rotation. Senior Katie Markle (7-14, 2.16) is the ace of the staff with 27 appearances and 22 starts. In 149 innings, she has allowed 116 hits and 73 walks with 176 strikeouts. The right-hander has tossed 18 complete games and is holding hitters to a .220 average. Freshman Danny Murphy (5-10, 1.95) and senior Casey Clutch (2-4, 3.44) round out the staff. Murphy has started 13 games, while making 16 total appearances. In 75 1/3 innings, the Fort Collins, Colo., native has let up 70 hits. A typical contact pitcher, she has walked seven batters while striking out 29. Clutch has seen action in 14 games, starting seven of them. In 55 innings, the righty has allowed 65 hits and 11 walks against 44 punchouts.
Indiana owns a commanding 21-5 lead in the all-time series. The rivalry was started back in 1975 and featured a 33-6 victory for IU. The last time the two programs played was in 2003, as the Hoosiers split a doubleheader winning 3-2, before falling 8-0.