No. 18 Illinois Comes Calling In Big Ten Doubleheader at IU Softball Field

    Go Hoosiers! Monica Wright
    Go Hoosiers!
    Monica Wright
    Go Hoosiers!

    April 27, 2010

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Wednesday, April 28, 2010
    #18 Illinois (33-5, 6-2 Big Ten) at Indiana (11-30, 3-8) • 2:00 p.m. ET (DH)
    Illinois leads the all-time series, 5-12

    Saturday, May 1, 2010 (Big Ten Network - LIVE)
    Indiana (11-30, 3-8 Big Ten) at Wisconsin (14-27, 1-10 Big Ten)• 7:00 p.m. ET
    Wisconsin leads the all-time series, 18-13

    Sunday, May 2, 2010 (Big Ten Network - LIVE)
    Indiana (11-30, 3-8 Big Ten) at Wisconsin (14-27, 1-10 Big Ten)• 2:00 p.m. ET
    Wisconsin leads the all-time series, 18-13

    *Live Stats and Live Radio Broadcasts can be found at

    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.

    In the two games against Ohio State, the IU hitters did not appear comfortable at the plate and with NU standout pitcher Lauren Delaney coming to the IU Softball Field the outlook may not have look positive. However, the Indiana bats were able to touch up the senior pitcher for Northwestern for three runs and ended her day after just 2.2 innings of work.

    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.



    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.

    Senior Jennifer Glueckert leads the team with a .355 average in conference games and has driven in five runs. Freshman Breanna Saucedo is hitting .278 with six runs scored and is a perfect 3-for-3 in stolen base attempts. Junior Cassie Gogreve is the top run producer with eight runs driven in so far in Big Ten play.

    Freshman Breanna Saucedo was the straw that stirred the drink for the Hoosiers at the plate in Mississippi and has continued that for most of the year. She leads the team with 45 hits and is the team leader with 24 runs scored. She has yet to go back-to-back games without getting a hit this season and had an eight-game hit streak snapped in the first game at Minnesota. She did come back in the the second game against the Golden Gophers with a two-run single.

    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.

    The Indiana University Department of Athletics announced earlier this winter that over 30 games on the IU softball schedule will be broadcast on, and all games from here on out will be carried on the website. All of the broadcasts will be free of charge through Stretch Internet, and available by going to the softball schedule page on Dave Leno will have the call for all the broadcasts, with Nathan Wiechers providing color commentary. Leno served as the voice of the IU volleyball and men's and women's soccer teams this past fall. Wiechers is the team's sports information contact and is in third season with the softball team.


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