Hoosiers Prepare for Weekend Series

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    May 4, 2004

    Hoosiers Play For Big Ten Tournament Spot

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    Bloomington, Ind.—The Indiana softball team will conclude its 2004 regular season with a home and home two-game series with in-state rival Purdue this weekend, May 8-9. The Hoosiers and the Boilermakers will face off in a single game on Saturday at 12:00 p.m., in Bloomington. Indiana will then travel to West Lafayette for a single game on Sunday, starting at 1:00 p.m. On Saturday, the IU Softball team will honor its seniors, Karly McCormack, Abby Stark, Heather Stillians and Val White in a ceremony after the game. Please note that due to graduation ceremonies at Indiana, the game has been changed to a 12:00 p.m. start.

    Big Ten Tournament Hopes At Stake
    A lot is at stake for the Hoosiers in the upcoming series with Purdue as it will determine whether Indiana advances to the 2004 Big Ten Softball Tournament for the first time since 1996. This year, the Big Ten has moved from a six team single elimination format to an eight team single elimination tournament. No. 6 Michigan has captured the 2004 regular-season title and will host the tournament on May 13-15. The Hoosiers currently stand in ninth place with several key matchups taking place this weekend. Along with Indiana and Purdue, Northwestern will take on Michigan State, Ohio State will take on Penn State and Wisconsin will face Minnesota. There are two possible scenarios in which Indiana could earn a trip to Ann Arbor, Mich. If Indiana sweeps Purdue and Northwestern sweeps Michigan State or Indiana splits the series with Purdue and Ohio State sweeps Penn State, the Hoosiers will go to the tournament.

    Titan Series On The Line
    The Titan Series between Indiana and Purdue is tied at 8.5 points each entering play this weekend. With just two other events remaining in the contest (Baseball and Men’s Golf), the Hoosiers could take a one-point lead if they sweep the Boilermakers in the two-game series. If the two teams split, the series will remain tied at nine points apiece.

    Hoosiers Pick Up Two More Conference Wins
    IU picked up two more Big Ten Conference wins this past weekend against Penn State and Ohio State. Dropping game one to the Nittany Lions, 4-3 on Friday, April 30, the Hoosiers came back to win game two, 2-1 behind stellar pitching by Megan Roark. The same pattern emerged on Sunday against Ohio State when the Hoosiers lost game one, 4-3. The Cream and Crimson’s offense exploded for a season-high 14 hits against the Buckeyes in game two, and the Hoosiers notched the 4-1 victory.

    On April 28, Indiana traveled to Lexington, Ky., to conclude non-conference play in a doubleheader against the University of Kentucky. The Hoosiers defeated the Wildcats, 3-1 in game one but lost game two, 4-2.

    Scouting Purdue
    Purdue is coming off a 1-2 conference outing this past weekend. In a rain-soaked two days, the Boilermakers fell to Ohio State, 6-4 in game one on Friday while game two was rained out on Saturday afternoon. In a doubleheader on Sunday against Penn State, Purdue took game one, 6-1 and lost game two, 2-1. The Boilermakers are batting .269 and are led by Tricia Lilley who is hitting .357 with six homeruns. The Purdue pitching staff has a combined ERA of 1.88 and is led by Brooke Baker with a record of 17-11 and a 1.73 ERA. The Hoosiers hold a 20-19 all-time series lead over the Boilermakers. Indiana won the last meeting between the two teams, 3-0 on May 4, 2003.

    IU Softball to Honor Seniors
    Saturday’s face off with Purdue will mark the last home game for Indiana seniors Karly McCormack, Abby Stark, Heather Stillians and Val White. The IU Softball team will honor its seniors after the game on Saturday. This particular senior class has posted some pretty staggering numbers. Combined, the four have played in 208 games and have posted 414 hits, scored 90 runs, hit 20 homeruns and have batted in 178 runs.

    Hoosiers Break All-Time Homerun Record
    With homeruns by Tory Yamaguchi and Karly McCormack on Friday against Penn State, the Hoosiers broke the all-time team homerun record. With 34 bombs on the season, the 2004 Indiana softball team has now hit more homeruns than any other team in school history. The previous record was 32 homeruns by the 1994 Hoosiers.

    Hit Explosion
    In game two against Ohio State on Sunday, the IU softball team posted a season-high 14 hits to notch the 4-1 victory. Five different Hoosiers had a multi-hit game and all but one batter in the IU line-up had a hit.

    Terry Goes 3-for-3
    Freshman third baseman Rachel Terry had a lot to do with the 14-hit assault Indiana put on Ohio State on Sunday. Terry was 3-for-3 and was responsible for batting in three of the Hoosiers four runs. The Palatine, Ill., native has solidified the bottom of the Hoosier batting order in recent weeks. She has hit safely in six of her last 10 games with 8 hits, 4 RBI and a homerun.

    Yamaguchi on Fire

    Catcher Tory Yamaguchi has been on fire offensively as of late. This past week, Yamaguchi hit .316 with two homeruns, two RBI and two runs scored. April 21-25, the Woodland Hills, Calif., native hit .588 with two doubles, two runs scored, three RBI and a walk. Yamaguchi leads the Hoosiers with a .335 batting average, 61 hits and nine home runs. She currently have a five-game hitting streak and has hit safely in eight of her last 10 games.

    31 Wins
    The 2004 Indiana softball team has 31 wins so far this season, more than any other IU softball team since 1996. Here is a look at how many victories the IU softball has had between 1996 and 2004:

    1996: 37
    1997: 27
    1998: 13
    1999: 17
    2000: 15
    2001: 16
    2002: 13
    2003: 19
    2004: 31




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