No. 11 Hoosiers To Face No. 6 Purdue In B1G Tournament
May 6, 2014
The Indiana softball team will head to Evanston, Ill. for the 2014 Big Ten Tournament hosted by Northwestern University this Thursday, May 8. The No. 11 seeded Hoosiers will open the four-day, single elimination tournament with No. 6 Purdue at Noon ET in Indiana's fifth trip to the B1G Tournament.
All 12 teams are invited to the Big Ten Tournament, with the top-four seeds (Michigan, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin) earning first round byes. The tournament is a single-elimination format that will begin on Thursday with the title contest set for Saturday night at Sharon J. Drysdale Field in Evanston, Ill. The tournament champion will earn the conference's automatic berth to the NCAA Championship.
IN THE B1G TOURNAMENT
WHERE TO WATCH
BTN will provide live coverage of the Big Ten Softball Tournament quarterfinals, semifinals and final, while Thursday's opening round will be streamed on the Big Ten Digital Network (BTDN). GameTracker will be provided for every game throughout the tournament and a free radio broadcast will be available for each Indiana contest.
THE ALL-TIME SERIES
Indiana and Purdue will face each other for the fourth time this season and the 66th time in program history, with Purdue owning a 35-29 edge in the all-time series. The teams first met in 1974 in a 4-3 Purdue win. From 1978 through 1997, the Hoosiers took 17 of 18 games from the Boilermakers before Purdue won 10 of the next 11 matchups through the 2003 season.
The Hoosiers and Boilermakers met for a three-game B1G series earlier in the year at the Boilermaker Softball Complex, April 4-6. Purdue took the first two on the weekend, but Indiana put together a comeback win over the Boilermakers in game three, taking that contest 5-2. Solo homeruns from Brianna Meyer and Shelby Gogreve helped dig the Hoosiers out of a 2-1 deficit in the sixth inning to lead Indiana to an eventual 5-2 win.
LAST TIME OUT
Indiana closed out the 2014 regular season in Lincoln, Neb. where the Hoosiers were swept in B1G three-game series. The Cream and Crimson's record were not indicative of how the Hoosiers played that weekend, notably the series opener on Friday, May 2. In that contest:
AS OF LATE
The Indiana Hoosiers have hit their stride in the last leg of the 2014 campaign. Since April 23:
Brianna Meyer has showcased her great vision at the plate this season. She has now reached in the last 25 consecutive contests, the second-longest active streak in the Big Ten (Michigan's Sierra Romero has reached in 33-straight). Her reached base streak of finding her way on base is the longest of any active IU player, surpassing Shannon Cawley's 17-game streak in 2012, and is the longest by any player in atleast 10 seasons.
In the last 40 games, Meyer has hit .336 (40-of-119) and has earned a hit in all but in all but 12 contests during that stretch.
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