Softball Closes Home Slate With Valpo Wednesday
April 29, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana softball team closes out its final home games of the 2014 regular season tomorrow, April 30 at Andy Mohr Field in a midweek, non-conference doubleheader with the Crusaders. Game one will serve as the conclusion of the two squads' rained out contest from March 1 earlier in the season at the Wilcat Invitational in Tucson, Ariz. The Hoosiers will resume that game with a 5-0 lead in the top of the fifth with a runner on third base and two outs. Game two of the twinbill will commence approximately 20 minutes after the conclusion of game one. A live radio broadcast and GameTracker will be available for both games.
A LOOK AT THE CRUSADERS
The team is batting .254 with Kaitlyn Ranieri leading the Valpo offense at the .362 clip in 48 games played. She also [aces the Crusaders in hits (55), slugging percentage (.586), on-base percentage (.449) and runs scored (34).
The Crusanders' pitching staff has collaborated for a 4.44 earned run average through 307.1 innings pitched and has allowed opposing batters to a .294 batting average. Taylor Weissenhofer owns a team-best 13-9 record in 27 appearances in the circle. Her 4.33 ERA is second on the team behind Sierra Pico (4.14), but she paces the Valpo staff with 104 strikeouts this season.
THE ALL-TIME SERIES
The two squads first met in a Bloomington doubleheader on March 27, 1993 where Indiana took both contests by scores of 13-1 and 6-1. The Hoosiers treked to Valparaiso, Ind. in 1994, again capturing both games in a non-conference twinbill. After winning a 13-0 decision in 1997, the Hoosiers would not see Valpo again until 2002, where IU was victorious in a 5-4 contest.
The Hoosiers last met with Valpo back on March 9, 2014 in Boise, Idaho. Indiana prevailed 3-1, earning head coach Michelle Gardner her 300th win in her career. Indiana connected on nine hits in that game, with seven different Hoosiers tallying hits in the contest. Brianna Meyer led the way at the plate going 2-for-4 with an RBI-single and a run scored. Michelle Huber and Kassi Farmer also drove in runs for Indiana that afternoon, while Natalie Lalich drew four walks, tying a single-game record in the IU program record books.
Brooke Boetjer started the first 3.2 innings and allowed just one earned run on three hits while striking out three. Lora Olson finished the game to become pitcher of record, tossing 3.1 shutout innings with just two Valpo hits and a pair of strikeouts.
LAST TIME OUT
Lora Olson pitched well in the Hoosiers' 1-0 loss in the opening game of the series. Despite giving up a solo homerun in the first, she went on to retire the next 12 consecutive batters and strung together six straight shutout innings. Olson did so on just 67 pitches, the fewest in a seven-inning effort for Olson this season, and held Iowa to just three hits while striking out four.
Following a quiet day at the plate in the opening game with Iowa, Indiana responded in a big way on Saturday, featuring a total of nine hits from seven different Hoosiers in the contest. Shelby Gogreve highlighted Indiana's efforts with a career-high five RBI on a pair bases loaded, two-out hits. Her five RBI also tie the second-most runs plated in a single game by an IU player in program history.
Brooke Boetjer provided an impressive complete-game performance in the circle, holding the Hawkeyes hitless through the first three frames. She allowed just one earned run on three hits and struck out four batters in 5.0 innings to en route to her fourth win of the year.
On Sunday, Indiana nearly overcame a one-run deficit in the bottom of the seventh, but Iowa was able to escape Bloomington with a 3-2 win on Senior Day. IU put together a two-out rally in its final plate appearance that placed the tying run on second and a hot-hitting Kassi Farmer at the plate. Farmer battled Iowa’s Kayla Massey through six pitches until a tough-to-hit inside riseball would get by her as the final strike.
Farmer finished the game 2-for-3 and drove in both of Indiana’s runs in that contest, joining Breanna Saucedoand Brianna Meyer as one-of-three IU hitters to tally multiple-hit games. Saucedo’s two hits brought her career total to 215, surpassing Aimee Lonigo’s (1994-97) 214 hits for the fourth-most in program history. Meyer’s efforts at the plate extended her reached-base streak to 21 games, the most by any active IU player and the longest stretch since head coach Michelle Gardner took over the program in 2009.
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