No. 18 Illinois Comes Calling In Big Ten Doubleheader at IU Softball Field
April 27, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Saturday, May 1, 2010 (Big Ten Network - LIVE)
Sunday, May 2, 2010 (Big Ten Network - LIVE)
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Indiana went on the road last Wednesday to Ohio State and suffered a pair of setbacks in five innings, only to come home and rebound against a strong Northwestern team. Although they did not pick up the win against the Wildcats, they battled back from a 6-run deficit after the first inning to get within one after a three-run sixth off their own. At that point, rain intervened and cut the game short despite numerous efforts to finish the game on Sunday.
Illinois comes in having won its last six games and 10 of the last 11 overall. In the last six games, the Fighting Illini have allowed just four runs and have scored 35 themselves.
BATS SHOWING CONFIDENCE
In her five previous appearances against IU, she lasted an average of at least five innings and struckout seven batters on average. On Saturday, Indiana struckout just threer times and drew four walks. Although Indiana did fall to Northwestern, the silver lining has to be that they were able to mount a pair of rallies against a pitcher they have historically struggled against.
LUCKY NUMBER 7
After winning the first game against Minnesota by a score of 1-0, Indiana came out the next day looking determined at the plate. They quickly put seven runs on the board in the top of the first inning, the most runs scored in an inning this season. The last time Indiana scored seven runs in an inning was April 1, 2008, when they did it in the fourth inning at Kentucky as part of a 16-13 victory.
BIG TEN ONLY NOTES
She has a trio of three-hit games to her credit this season, including a three-hit effort against Belmont where she also scored three runs, and seven two-hit games, both of which are tops on the team. That pefect day at the plate for Saucedo against Belmont upped her average to .308 and it has not dipped below .300 the rest of the season. Saucedo is also a perfect 12-for-12 in stolen base attempts.
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