May 11, 2012
| Indiana (27-25, 11-10 Big Ten) at Michigan State (11-39, 0-20 Big Ten)
||May 11-12, 2012
|| East Lansing, Mich. (Secchia Field)
| Game 1 (Friday)
|| 5:00 p.m. ET | GameTracker
| Game 2 (Saturday)
|| 3:00 p.m. ET | GameTracker | TV: Big Ten Network
| Game 3 (Sunday)
|| 5:00 p.m. ET | GameTracker | TV: Big Ten Network
||Indiana Game Notes
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Last weekend, Indiana welcomed the Nebraska Cornhuskers to the IU Softball Field for the first time as a Big Ten foe and proceeded to take all three games from the Huskers. It was the first three-game series sweep in Big Ten play for IU since the 1997 season (from 2000-2011 the teams only played two-game series).
Cassie Gogreve was the hero in both games of a doubleheader on Saturday, as she drove in a total of five runs. In game one, it was her three-run double in the first inning that was the difference in a 4-2 Indiana win. Then in game two, her tworun
triple to right plated a pair of insurance runs as IU won 6-2.
On Sunday's finale, freshman Shannon Cawley made sure the four Indiana seniors went out with a win, as she connected for a three-run home run in the first inning and Indiana went on to claim a 4-2 win.
Meaghan Murphy and Lora Olson were both stellar in the circle all weekend, holding Nebraska to just two runs in each game. The Huskers came into the weekend averaging over five runs per game in Big Ten play.
BIG TEN'S BEST
Amanda Wagner was named Big Ten Player of the Week on April 23, the first time an IU player has received the award since Sara Olson did it on April 4, 2011. Wagner hit .800 against Northwestern with six runs socred and a .909 onbase percentage.
Brianna Meyer also brought home a weekly award, being named Freshman of the Week by the conference. She hit .556 versus the Wildcats and drove in five runs while scoring
three runs herself. It was the first time an IU player has been named Freshman of the Week.
YOUTH IN THE CIRCLE
In looking at the 62 softball teams in BCS conferences, there is just one (Pitt) that has fewer innings pitched returning from last year than Indiana. The Hoosiers had sophomore Meaghan Murphy's 5.0 innings of work last year coming back while Pitt has two freshman carrying all of the pitching duties this season. Among Big Ten, Indiana has the fewest innings returning with Purdue (48.0) being second.
The Hoosiers have scored a run in the first inning of 20 games this season and are 18-2 in those games. When they score the first run of the game - regardless of inning - they are 23-6.
Although Amanda Wagner continues to show opponents why she is a feared hitter in the middle of the lineup for IU. Her .348 average with nine home runs and 34 RBI speak for themselves, but she has drawn 34 walks and been hit-by-pitch nine times to help her .509 on-base percentage.
In Big Ten play, Wagner's numbers are even more gaudy. She is hitting .429, which is fourth in the conference. Her .796 slugging percent in Big Ten play is also four while her .616 on-base percentage leads all conference players.
In the win against Michigan on March 31, she had four RBI, including a three-run opposite field home run to put the game away. Then against Purdue, she hit .500 with two home runs, five RBI and a slugging percentage of 1.375. In the series at Penn State, she had just two hits but drove in five runs and drew eight walks. The following week, she hit .800 off Northwestern pitching on her way to Big Ten Player of the Week accolades.
She leads the team lead with nine home runs this season. The native of Burbank, Ill., has 20 career home runs and 72 career RBI as she plays her third season. She is the 11th player in IU history to club 20 or more home runs in a career.
LUCKY NUMBER SIX
When Indiana scores at least six runs in a game this season, they have posted a 15-1 record. When you compare that to last season, when the Hoosiers were 8-2 for the season when scoring six or more runs.
With a pitching staff that is gaining experience by the inning, the Hoosiers have not been fazed by close games so far this year. In games decided by two runs or fewer, the Hoosiers are 13-6. In games that IU has had the lead going into the 7th
inning, the Hoosiers are 19-2.