May 1, 2009
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
The Indiana Hoosiers (9-36, 3-13 Big Ten) travel to Penn State (18-24, 10-6 Big Ten) for the final road trip of the season, looking to stop a six-game losing streak in the Big Ten. The two teams will meet at 4 p.m. on Saturday and then turn around and start at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, with both games being carried LIVE on the Big Ten Network.
THE LAST TIME...
Penn State defeated the Hoosiers twice in 2008, taking game one of a doubleheader 7-1 and then Jackie Hill tossed a three-hitter to pickup the 6-1 win in game two. Tory Yamaguchi hit a solo home run for Indiana in game two for the only Hoosier run.
Indiana leads the all-time series, 28-16, but Penn State has won the last four meetings. The Hoosiers claimed 24 of the first 27 games in the series between the two schools to take the commanding lead all-time
Here are a look at some of the statistical milestones that a few Indiana players are coming up on as season starts to head towards the homestretch:
* Emily Bergeson needs 2 hits for 200 career and 7 more walks to tie for fifth all-time at IU. One more walk will give her three straight season with at least 20 walks.
* Bergeson is also 5 hits shy of tying her single-season high for hits.
* Michelle Gardner needs 4 more wins for 200
Sophomore Kelsey Stander has put her blazing speed on display over the course of the year for the Hoosiers. She has been caught stealing just once in 14 attempts (13-for-14).
The native of Paradise Valley, Ariz., transfered to the Hoosiers after spending her freshman year at the University of Tennessee. With the Volunteers, she has the same success on the base paths as she went a perfect 11-for-11 in stolen base attempts.
At the plate this season, Stander has used her speed to drop down bunt hits to turn the lineup over. Against Ball State, she came up with two outs and the bases loaded and came through with an RBI single to center field for her second run batted in of the year. Emily Bergeson followed with a bases-clearing double to help the Hoosiers pull away from Ball State.
Coming in to a new place as the head coach in her first year, Michelle Gardner scheduled teams with the mindset that the Hoosiers would get a bunch of easy wins handed to them in the pre-conference portion. When the preseason polls were announced, the competitiveness of the teams on the 2009 schedule for Indiana was confirmed, as six teams were ranked in the NFCA/USA Today Top 25 while five were found in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25. In both polls, Indiana will play five of the top 11 teams as they are ranked in the preseason poll starting with #4 UCLA on the opening weekend.
In addition to those ranked in the top 25, there were an additional eight teams that were also receiving votes in both of the polls.
And digging a little deeper, there are 15 teams on the 2009 slate that made an appearance in the 2008 NCAA Tournament led by UCLA, who advanced all the way to the 2008 Women's College World Series.
To this point in the season, the Hoosiers have played 15 of their 45 games against teams that were ranked or are ranked in the NFCA/USA Today Top 25.
Taking the to challenging schedule angle a little further, the Hoosiers have played one of the hardest schedules in the country. In the most recent RPI rankings, the Hoosiers have played 10 of the top 26 ranked teams in the RPI.
The Hoosiers also made the jump from 174 to 153 in this weeks RPI, jumping ahead of Michigan State, UC Riverside and Pacific.