April 26, 2007
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Opponent: Penn State
Date: April 27-28, 2007
Series Record: IU, 28-12
Location: University Park, Pa.
Facility: Nittany Lion Field
Opponent: Ohio State
Date: April 29, 2007
Series Record: IU, 52-23-1
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Facility: Buckeye Field
Indiana hits the road again for games at Penn State and Ohio State this weekend. The Hoosiers will face the Nittany Lions on Friday, April 27, and Saturday, April 28, then face the Buckeyes in a doubleheader on Sunday, April 29.
SCOUTING THE HOOSIERS
IU enters the weekend coming off a split with Kentucky on Wednesday, April 25. The Hoosiers picked up a 5-4 win in game one, but fell by the same score in game two.
The Wildcats jumped on top 2-0 in the first in game one, but IU got a run back in the top of the fifth on an RBI single from senior Kim Richards. Classmate Rachel Terry gave the Hoosiers their first lead of the day the following inning, blasting a two-run home run over the wall in left center to put Indiana on top, 3-2.
Kentucky answered with a pair of runs of their own in the bottom half of the frame, but Indiana used a pair of errors and a fielder's choice to load the bases in the top of the seventh with no one out. UK got a pair of quick outs after that, but junior Tory Yamaguchi laced a single up the middle on the first pitch she saw to score Jennilee Huddleston and Emily Bergeson with the tying and go-ahead runs, respectively.
Monica Wright picked up her 14th win of the season, allowing four runs on 10 hits in 7 innings.
Game two seemed to be going well for the Hoosiers early, as starter Christy Wahl had a one-hitter going through 4. But with Indiana leading 4-2 in the fifth, the Wildcats took advantage of two hits and three walks to put three runs on the board. IU would fail to score in either of the next two innings as Kentucky earned the split.
Sophomore Sarah Padove went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles in the contest.
Huddleston leads IU with a .344 batting average, a .400 on-base percentage, 14 doubles and 26 runs scored. Yamaguchi paces the squad with 12 home runs, 30 RBIs and a .630 slugging percentage. Junior Julia Hamilton leads IU with 16 stolen bases in 17 attempts.
In the circle, Wright is 14-16 with a 3.59 ERA. She has pitched a team-high 212 1/3 innings and has struck out 134.
SCOUTING PENN STATE
The Nittany Lions enter Friday's game with a 22-18 overall record and a 3-5 mark in the Big Ten. Penn State was slated to play a doubleheader with Akron on Wednesday, April 25, but the contests were rained out and will not be rescheduled.
PSU has gone 1-5 since sweeping a doubleheader from Pittsburgh on April 18, being swept by Illinois and Iowa last weekend before splitting with Bucknell on Tuesday, April 24.
Shana Madura highlighted a 10-0, game-one win over the Bison, as she smacked a pair of three-run home runs and drew a bases-loaded walk to set a school record with seven RBIs. In the circle, Jenn Reynolds and Kimi Wong combined on a two-hitter.
Game two started out much the same, with the Nittany Lions exploding for six runs in the first inning and getting another in the third to take a 7-0 lead. Bucknell battled back, however, scoring three runs in the fourth inning, two in the fifth and three more in the sixth to rally for the 8-7 win. Meghan Wolfer was 2-for-3 for Penn State to lead the team at the plate.
Danielle Kinley leads the Nittany Lions with a .420 batting average and 27 RBIs. Ashley Griffith is hitting .364 and has 10 stolen bases in 12 tries. In the circle, Ashley Esparza is 10-9 with a 2.43 ERA, while Reynolds is 11-8 with a 3.24 ERA.
Indiana holds a 28-12 lead in the all-time series against the Nittany Lions, which dates back to the 1992 season. The Hoosiers won 24 of the first 27 meetings between the two squads, but Penn State has gone 9-4 against IU since 1999. However, the Hoosiers earned a doubleheader sweep in 2006.
Indiana took a pair of 4-0 wins on April 2 of last season, riding the right arm of Mariangee Bogado and a home run binge to a pair of shutouts. Then-freshmen Stephanie Pellerito and Sarah Padove both went deep in game one, with the duo leading off the sixth inning with back-to-back longballs to break up Missy Beseres' no-hitter. IU was far from done, as the Hoosiers would add three more hits, including Rachel Terry's two-run double, to take the game-one win. Game two saw Indiana get the only run it would need on a Richards solo home run in the fourth, but IU would add two more in the fifth on a Lauren Hines home run. The Hoosiers would add one more run on a PSU error in the seventh.
SCOUTING OHIO STATE
The Buckeyes enter the weekend with a record of 27-15 and a share of first place in the Big Ten with an 8-2 league mark. OSU will be playing its first Big Ten home games in nearly a month since sweeping Minnesota and Wisconsin during the first weekend of April.
Ohio State's doubleheader with Miami (Ohio), scheduled for Wednesday, April 25, was rained out and will not be made up. The Buckeyes were last in action last weekend, sweeping Illinois on April 20 and 21, then splitting a doubleheader with Iowa on April 22.
Jamee Juarez, the reining Big Ten Pitcher of the Week, was the hero for OSU last week, as she went 4-0 with a 0.97 ERA, 46 strikeouts and just one walk in 21 2/3 innings against the Hawkeyes, Illini and IUPUI. Juarez threw a perfect game against IUPUI and shut out Iowa, 1-0. On the season, Juarez is 13-8 with a 1.81 ERA to lead the staff.
Sam Marder paces Ohio State at the dish with a .372 average, nine home runs and 39 RBIs.
The Hoosiers lead the series with Ohio State, 52-23-1, dating back to a 2-0 IU win in 1978. Indiana took 16 straight from the Buckeyes from 1993-98, but OSU has gone 11-3 against IU since 2000. The teams split the two-game series last year.
Indiana earned a 4-1 win over the Buckeyes on March 31 of last season, scoring a pair of runs in both the fourth and fifth innings to take the victory. IU picked up two in the fourth on Anna Olson's RBI single and an OSU error, then added two more on Lauren Hines' two-run homer the next inning. Ohio State's lone runs came on a Christina Douglas RBI single in the fifth. Ohio State evened the series with a 6-3 win the following day, getting a grand slam from Billie Carder in the second inning to set the tone. IU cut the lead to two the following inning on Jennilee Huddleston's two-run single, but OSU answered with two of its own in the bottom half of the frame. A Lauren Hines solo home run in the sixth provided the final margin.
SWINGING A HOT STICK
Sophomore Sarah Padove is hitting .371 in Big Ten play, by far the best mark on the team. Since returning from a broken nose suffered on March 17, the Hammond, Ind., native is batting .365 with five doubles in 18 games. Padove was hitting just .229 prior to her injury, but since her return, has raised her average 71 points to an even .300 on the season.
KING FOR A DAY
Freshman Kristin King earned her first career starts on Wednesday, April 25, starting both games of a doubleheader against Kentucky in left field. At the dish, King went a combined 0-for-4 with a walk and a sacrifice bunt, while she was perfect in the field with a pair of putouts in as many opportunities.
Indiana won nine straight games from March 10-17, its longest streak since winning 16 in a row in 1994. The school record for consecutive wins is 18, which IU set from March 23-April 12, 1983.
A model of consistency, junior Jennilee Huddleston has reached base in 36 of Indiana's last 38 games. She had an 11-game hitting streak during the span, and reached base in 21 consecutive contests before Iowa kept her off the basepaths on March 31. For the season, Huddleston has been on base in 43 of the Hoosiers' 49 contests.
YOU CAN CALL ME CAL
Junior Jennilee Huddleston has been in the starting lineup for every Indiana game this season, making her the only Hoosier player to start all 49 games. Huddleston has manned the hot corner for 48 of those contests, while earning one start at short. Huddleston started all 56 games at third last season, and started at short in 27 of the 28 games in which she appeared as a freshman in 2005. A starter from the beginning of her rookie season, Huddleston's 2005 campaign was cut short by injury. Overall, she has started 105 straight games, and 132 of her 133 career contests.
Junior Julia Hamilton matched the school record for stolen bases in a single game with three swipes against Quinnipiac at the USF Spring Break Tournament on March 13. Hamilton reached base five times in the contest, going 3-for-4 with a walk and reaching on an error. The Lincolnshire, Ill., native stole second in the first, fourth and sixth innings to equal a record she also matched as a freshman in 2005. Hamilton has stolen 16 bases this season in 17 tries.
CRUNCH TIME SUCCESS
Indiana batters have been impressive in the clutch, going 15-for-51 with the bases loaded, good for a .294 batting average. Sophomore Stephanie Pellerito owns the Hoosiers' only grand slam on the season, while classmate Emily Bergeson is hitting at an impressive .667 clip with four hits in six at-bats with the bases juiced. Junior Julia Hamilton has recorded hits in two of her three (.667) bases-loaded opportunities, while junior Tory Yamaguchi is 4-for-7 (.571) with the bags full. Senior Kim Richards has had the most opportunities with the bases loaded, as she has come to the plate in that situation 10 times, recording two hits.
Junior Tory Yamaguchi hit her career-high 12th home run of the season on April 18, giving her 33 for her career, good for second on IU's all-time list. Only Monica Armendarez, who hit 38 from 1995-98, has hit more homers for IU than Yamaguchi. Yamaguchi is also moving up the single-season home run list, as her latest dinger moved her into a tie for third.
Senior Kim Richards sits eighth with 20 career home runs, just one back of Stormy Hanson (2000-03), while classmate Rachel Terry is ninth with 15 for her career. Junior Jennilee Huddleston is 11th with 10 career jacks.
Richards has also moved into the top 10 in career doubles this season, as she now has 36 to her credit to stand eighth. Aimee Lonigro (1994-97) is seventh with 37 doubles during her career.
With her swipe of second against Louisville on Wednesday, April 4, junior Julia Hamilton moved into sole possession of eighth place on IU's career steals list with 40. She now has 42 to her credit, and needs two more to match Kelli Brandt (1994-97) for seventh.
LUCKY NUMBER SIX?
The Hoosiers are 12-2 this season when scoring six or more runs, including a perfect 6-0 when scoring exactly six. Indiana's lone setbacks when scoring at least six runs came on March 8, when IU lost to No. 19 Georgia Tech, 16-8, and on April 8, when the Hoosiers dropped a 14-7 contest to No. 8 Northwestern. IU has scored 10 runs four times this season, winning each time by at least eight.
While Indiana has had success when the bats are hot, the same cannot be said when the offense isn't clicking. The Hoosiers are just 4-20 this season when scoring two or fewer runs, and have been shut out 10 times on the year. IU has picked up a pair of 1-0 wins on the season, a 2-1 victory over Illinois-Chicago on March 23 and a 2-0 win over Evansville on April 18 for its only four wins when tallying two or fewer runs.
HOOSIERS DIG THE LONGBALL
Indiana has hit 38 home runs in 49 games this season, good for second on the Hoosiers' all-time single-season list. IU set the single-season mark last season with 40, but that number looks likely to fall this year. Five IU players have at least two home runs on the season, with junior Tory Yamaguchi leading the way with 12. Indiana is 16-11 this season when going deep, including an 8-1 mark when there are two IU home runs in the same contest.
TWICE IS NICE
Junior Jennilee Huddleston and senior Rachel Terry have etched their names into the IU record book this season, becoming the fifth and sixth players, respectively, to hit at least two home runs in the same game for Indiana. Huddleston hit a pair of home runs against Chattanooga on March 18, while Terry joined the elite club with two against Illinois on April 1. Only Monica Armendarez, Brooke Monroe, Michelle Venturella and Kim Richards had hit at least two home runs in the same game in an IU uniform prior to this season.
Juniors Jennilee Huddleston and Tory Yamaguchi have hit back-to-back home runs twice this season. The duo first turned the trick in the top of the fourth against Southern Illinois on Feb. 16, then went yard consecutively again against Chattanooga in the top of the seventh on March 18.
BRING ON THE SOUTHPAWS
The Hoosiers have fared well against left-handed pitching this season, hitting .374 (40-for-107) against southpaws as a team. Every IU player with at least four at-bats against a lefty has at least one hit on the season, and only three Indiana players total are without a hit against a left-hander. Junior Jennilee Huddleston has done the most damage, as she is 8-for-12 (.667) against lefties on the year. Junior Janetta Deaven and sophomore Emily Bergeson are both 4-for-7 (.571) against lefties, while Kari Bettenbrock is 3-for-4 (.750) against left-handed pitching.
STEPHANIES MAKING THE MOST
Sophomore Stephanie Pellerito hit a grand slam to propel Indiana to a 6-2 win over Ball State on March 4. Pellerito was playing just her second game of the season, getting the starting nod after an injury to Emily Bergeson the day before. In her very next at-bat, against Massachusetts on March 8, Pellerito went deep again, this time with a solo shot to lead off the third.
Freshman Stephanie Turner has also taken advantage of her limited playing time this season. Turner went 1-for-3 with a double in her first collegiate action, against Ball State on March 4, and hit a walk-off, pinch-hit home run in just her fifth career at bat, against Buffalo on March 16. Her two-run blast came in the bottom of the fifth inning, and put IU up 10-1 to put the mercy rule into effect. Turner got the call to pinch-hit again on April 1 in game one of a doubleheader with Illinois, and responded with an RBI double to spoil the Illini's shutout. Her clutch performance earned her the starting nod in game two, and Turner responded with a sacrifice fly and a walk.
INDIANA TAKES ON THE POLLS
The Hoosiers have eight teams on the 2007 schedule that have appeared in both major polls this season. 2007 IU opponents Georgia Tech, Louisville, LSU, Massachusetts, South Florida, Southern Illinois, Northwestern and Michigan have all been ranked in both the USA Today/NFCA and ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 polls at some point in the season.
HEATING UP IN FLORIDA
Junior Jennilee Huddleston heated up under the Florida sun during the Hoosiers' spring break trip, hitting .429 over the 17 games with 10 runs scored and 17 RBIs. Huddleston hit safely in 13 of the 17 contests, and reached base in all but one. As a team, Indiana hit .295 for the trip, raising its batting average 69 points in little more than a week.
Indiana wraps up its season with a series against Purdue. The Hoosiers will face the Boilermakers in West Lafayette on Saturday, March 5, then host Purdue on Sunday, March 6, to close the regular season. Both games are at 1 p.m.