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    News Update

    May 2, 2003


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    Bloomington, Ind. -- At 11:30 a.m. Sunday, prior to Indiana's noon first pitch with Purdue at the IU Softball Field, Indiana seniors Stormy Hanson, Katie Joy, Heather Suca, and manager Sara Vogt will be recognized for their numerous contributions to the Indiana University softball program. The following is a brief synopsis of their respective careers prior to Saturday's game at Purdue and Sunday's final contest of the 2003 season.

    Stormy Hanson, C, Las Vegas Nevada (Silverado)

    A product of Silverado High School in Las Vegas, Stormy Hanson is one of the most productive players in the history of Indiana Softball. Stormy has played primarily as a third baseman and catcher during her collegiate career.

    This spring, she has paced the Hoosiers, and is also among the Big Ten leaders in nearly every offensive category as she is presently hitting .386 with 11 doubles, three triples, 12 home runs, and 31 runs batted in.

    With 21 career home runs heading into this weekend's action, Stormy currently ranks fifth on Indiana's all-time list. She also ranks among the top 10 in school history in doubles with 32. As a senior in 2003, she was named Big Ten Player-of-the-Week following her performance at the New Mexico State Invitational in March. She has moved into the top 10 on Indiana's single-season lists in batting average, home runs, slugging percentage, and runs batted in.

    In addition to her on-field success, Stormy has been named to the Alpha Beta Academic Honorary. She intends to pursue a career in education.

    First-year head coach Sara Hayes on Stormy Hanson: "Stormy catapulted beyond the physical part of the game to become a great leader for Indiana Softball. She used her maturity and ability to connect and communicate to combine her physical excellence with her ability to articulate her thoughts and visions."

    Junior Heather Stillians on Hanson: "She is my idol. She works hard for herself and for
    everyone that is affected by her actions. Stormy doesn't settle for anything less than #1, and in my opinion she has succeeded. She is an amazing person."

    Katie Joy, CF, Pell City, Alabama (Pell City)

    A product of Pell City High School in Pell City, Alabama, Katie Joy is a gifted defensive outfielder with a tremendous throwing arm. Katie has roamed centerfield for the Hoosiers throughout the majority of her career and has started 122 games, including 49 contests this spring.

    In 2003, Katie has enjoyed the finest season of her career and has certainly been one of the Hoosiers' most improved players. Entering this weekend's action vs. Purdue, she leads the team with 13 outfield assists. She hit the first home run of her career during a 15-9 victory over Indiana State in March and recorded another home run during a 5-2 victory over Ball State earlier this month. She has also hit a career-high five doubles.

    Katie has also been very successful in the classroom as she has twice earned Academic-All Big Ten honors and has been named to the Alpha Beta Honorary. An Exercise Science major, Katie will be taking her pre-med prerequisites at Indiana University next year and then plans to go to medical school.

    Hayes on Katie Joy: "Katie has had a career year. She has found the self-confidence which has given her the ability to show those around her that she can play this game at a high level. This new found strength will ensure Katie's success off the field after graduation."

    Junior Heather Stillians on Joy:"Her name speaks for itself, she is truly a joy to be around. I have never met anyone in my entire life that works as hard as she does. She is a mentor for many people, not only through athletics but in life as a whole."

    Heather Suca, INF, Shorewood, Ill. (Joliet West)

    A product of Joliet West High School in Shorewood, Illinois, Heather Suca has been a fan favorite since her arrival in Bloomington. She has earned a well-deserved reputation for her tenacity, hustle, and determination. A middle infielder throughout the majority of her career, Heather has started 170 career games.

    This spring, Heather has solidified the IU infield by moving from second base to shortstop and, entering this weekend's action at Purdue, has recorded a career-high eight doubles. She has also drawn 14 walks, notched 10 sacrifice hits, and stolen seven bases.

    As a junior in 2002, Heather turned in one of the finest performances of her career at the New Mexico Diamond Invitational as she finished the three-game set with five hits in 10 at-bats, including two runs batted in and the first home run of her career during a game against the University of Mississippi.

    A two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and a member of the Alpha Beta honorary, Heather intends to pursue a career in sport marketing and management or education following graduation.

    Hayes on Heather Suca: "Because of the team's need for Suca to sacrifice herself this year, she ahs been tested on and off the field. It is her tenacity and heart that allowed us to ask her to fill this void. This unselfishness will serve her greatly in her life's pursuits. When it comes to Suca, size does matter...she has a HUGE heart."

    Junior Heather Stillians on Suca:"Heather constantly strives to be the best she can be at
    anything in life. She is self motivated and is an inspiring person. She amazes me everyday."

    Sara Vogt, Senior Manager

    A product of Evansville, Ind., Sara Vogt has played a vital role as a member of the Indiana staff for the past two seasons.

    Sara has served the IU program in a number of different capacities. Her on-field duties included being the equipment and field manager for every practice and game. She also oversees both scouting film and charts. In addition to her on-field work, she also assists with recruiting by organizing campus tours and overseeing letter writing, filing, video return, and mailings.

    Sara has earned a well-deserved reputation for being wonderfully responsible and professional. She is respectful, well mannered, organized, and intelligent.

    Following graduation, Sara intends to pursue a career in coaching.

    Hayes on Sara Vogt: "Sara Vogt, even as an undergrad, is considered an assistant coach by our staff because of her organizational skills, professional approach, people skills, and understanding of the game. She is going to succeed in whatever direction she chooses in life."

    Junior Heather Stillians on Vogt:"There are many people in this world that say that they
    would do anything for you, but few of them are as sincere as Sara. Sara is a kind-hearted, giving, selfless person and to me,that is very admirable."




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