May 6, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
The Indiana Hoosiers (10-37, 4-14 Big Ten) play host to arch rival Purdue (27-18, 10-8 Big Ten) in a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 1:00 p.m. at the IU Softball Field. Five IU seniors will be honored in a ceremony in between games.
The Hoosiers earned their third road conference win of the season when they split a doubleheader at Penn State. In the first game, Sara Olson pitched a complete game and Jennifer Glueckert laced a two-run double and a run-scoring triple for a career-high three RBI.
Purdue had a pair of non-conference doubleheaders cancelled due to rain last week. The last time they took the field was on April 29 against Illinois, losing 10-6 in the second game of a doubleheader with the Illini.
THE LAST TIME...
Purdue has won the last four meetings in the series, including a two-game sweep last year. Indiana fell just short in the first game, 2-1, before traveling to Purdue for game two and dropping a 8-3 decision.
With the recent four-game win streak, the Boilermakers have taken a 26-23 edge in the series. From 1978 through 1997 Indiana won 17 of 18 meetings. But recently Purdue has had the edge, winning 17 of the last 22.
GLICK IS THE PICK TO CLICK
Junior Jennifer Glueckert has had a remarkable turnaround at the plate this season, setting career-highs in nearly every offensive category. She is hitting 50 points higher, has nine more hits and collected the first four triples of her career this season. The triple output is the most in a single season since 1999, when Khara Good legged out seven. In game one at Penn State, Glueckert had a double and a triple to drive in three of the four IU runs in the 4-3 win.
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 100 career and 6 more walks to tie for fifth all-time at IU. She currently has three consecutive seasons with at least 20 walks.
* Bergeson is also 4 hits shy of tying her single-season high for hits (37).
* Michelle Gardner
needs 3 more wins for 200
Junior Kristin King was inserted into the lineup at third base for the second game of a doubleheader against No. 16 Ohio State and the rest, as they say, is history. She made some stellar plays in her first game there and has continued to make solid plays at the hot corner.
Against the Spartans, she collected in her first career hit, a double to left field, in game one. And then in game two, she laced a two-run double into left center in the top of the eighth inning, her first career RBIs.
King was 2-for-2 in game two against Ball State with a single and the walk-off single to right field that brought home the eighth run in a 8-0 win in five innings. She also drew a bases loaded walk against No. 24 Iowa to drive in her fifth run of the season.
Coming into this season, King had just 13 at bats to her credit and had not collected a hit. She had also drawn four walks combined in her first two season but has been issued six free passes so far in 2009. Other numbers that stick out are her .313 slugging percentage, with three of her seven hits being doubles this season.