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The Hoosiers trek to Boise, Idaho to participate in the Spring Hill Suites Invitational hosted by Boise State. Indiana will play five games this weekend including contests against Weber State, Valparaiso and Boise State.


Indiana will face Weber State for the first time in program history this weekend. The Wildcats are 9-5 on the year most recently going 3-1 at the Eller Media Stadium Classic hosted by UNLV

Weber State is hitting .266 on the season with five players hitting above .300 through 14 games. The Wildcats pitching staff has held opponents to a .254 average and have allowed 47 earned runs through 93.0 innings for a team ERA of 3.54.


Host team Boise State will face Indiana for just the second time in program history. Both squads met previously in the 2010 season where Indiana topped the Broncos, 7-3.

Boise State enters this weekend 7-10 on the year. The Broncos are hitting .263 as a team. On the basepaths, Boise State has successfully swiped 45 bases compared to opposing teams’ 18 in 20 attempts. Boise State pitchers have thrown 101.0 innings, maintaining a 4.50 ERA with 51 strikeouts. 


Indiana and Valparaiso meet for the second consecutive weekend, as the Hoosiers game at the Wildcat Invite was cut short due to rain in Tucson. Since that game is technically not official, the all-time still sits with a 6-0 Indiana advantage. 

Valpo is now 3-10 on the year after going 1-3 at the Wildcat Invitational last weekend. The Crusaders are hitting at a .254 clip with three players hitting over the .300 mark. Valpo’s pitching staff owns a 4.44 ERA in 80.1 innings of work.


CaraMia Tsirigos had a great start to her freshman campaign at Indiana. The Atlanta, Ga. native reached reached base in nine straight games to start the season. In that nine-game span, Tsirigos hit safely in five contests and drew a walk in six different games.


After missing nearly all of the 2013 season due to injury, redshirt senior Breanna Saucedo has quickly made an impact in the Hoosiers’ lineup in her return this spring. Saucedo strung together a seven game hit-streak from Feb. 8 through Feb. 21 and has registered a hit in 12 of her 16 games played. At the Wilcat Invitational, Saucedo hit .500 (5-for-10) with atleast one hit in each of the Hoosiers’ three games and scored four runs. 


Natalie Lalich has been a bright spot in the Hoosiers lineup through her last four starts. The redshirt freshman has hit .538 through that span (7-for-13) including several career-best performances. The Greenwood, Ind. native tallied a career-high four hits against Troy on Feb. 23 where she drove in a run and scored twice. Lalich then went on to drive in six of the Hoosiers’ eight runs in IU’s win over UT-Arlington on Feb. 28, setting a career-high and making her just one of three IU softball players to drive in six-or-more RBI in a game in program history. Four of those runs resulted from Lalich’s first career homerun, a grand slam to right-center, helping her become one of three active players on the IU roster with a grandslam in their respective careers. Through the last four contests, Lalich has earned a notable .571 on-base percentage along with a .923 slugging percentage.


A trio of Hoosier hitters have found success with bases loaded this season. Michelle Huber and Kayla Mathewson, and Natalie Lalich have been perfect at the plate with runners on every base. As a team, the Hoosiers have hit .333 on the year with bases loaded.


The Indiana pitching staff has given up fewer walks per game that its opponents this spring, issuing just 2.36 free passes per contest compared to opposing teams’ 3.12 walks/game. IU hurlers have also posted an average of 5.78 strikeouts per game while opponents have averaged 4.86.

IU softball team is out west for the weekend let's see what they can do they need to make that record better.

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Lost Friday night 5-3 against Weber State and also lost to Boise State 3-2. Today's action consists both teams they Weber at 2:00 and Boise State at 6:00. They will finish the weekend by Valparaiso at 12:00 on Sunday. 

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BOISE, Idaho – The Indiana softball team opened up the SpringHill Suites Invitational with a pair of losses to Weber State and Boise State this afternoon, dropping the Hoosiers record to 2-16-1 on the season. Indiana opened the day with a 5-3 loss to Weber State before falling in the bottom of the seventh to host Boise State, 3-2.


The Hoosiers fell 5-3 to Weber State in their first of two games this afternoon. Indiana outhit the Wildcats 8-7 with Breanna Saucedo and Brianna Meyer registering two hits apiece. Saucedo was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, while Meyer doubled and singled while drawing a walk. Michelle Huber also doubled in a 1-for-3 effort at the plate, and Jenna Abraham and Kassi Farmer connected on RBI singles for the Hoosiers.

Meaghan Murphy got the start and pitched 6.0 innings against Weber State. She struck out seven while allowing five runs on seven hits while walking a pair of batters.

The Hoosiers struck first in the contest in the second inning of play. Huber led off the frame with a double to right and advanced on a ground ball out to second. With two away, Saucedo connected on a shallow ball to center field that gave Indiana a 1-0 lead, as Huber crossed home plate uncontested.

Weber State knotted the game at one on back-to-back hits and added a pair of runs with a two-run homerun in the bottom of the fourth to take a 3-1 lead over Indiana.

IU responded with two runs in the top of the fifth on back-to-back RBI singles from Abraham and Farmer; however another two-run shot by Weber State gave the Wildcats a 5-3 lead. That score would remain final as neither team scored throughout the remainder of the contest.



The Hoosiers held the lead through the first five innings, but the Broncos plated an unearned run to tie the game in the sixth and eventually drove in the game-winner in the bottom of the seventh to defeat Indiana 3-2.

Lora Olson did well in the circle despite the loss. The junior hurled 6.0 innings with four strikeouts and allowed just one earned run as the other two BSU runs occurred on IU miscues.

Offensively, Indiana tallied just three hits with a double by Saucedo and singles from Meyer and Olson.

The Hoosiers jumped on the board first in the top of the second inning. Kassi Farmer reached after getting hit by a pitch and slid in safely before the throw to second that gave IU runners at first and second. Olson laid down a sacrifice bunt, bringing Shelby Gogreve to the plate. The senior laid down a perfectly executed squeeze bunt to score Farmer and give Indiana a 1-0 lead.

A sacrifice fly ball by Jenna Abraham sent Saucedo across the plate and doubled Indiana’s lead at 2-0, but Boise State responded in the bottom half of the inning after a throwing error ultimately led cut the Hoosiers’ lead to one.

Another Indiana error tied the game in the bottom of the sixth, sending it into the bottom of the seventh in a 2-2 tie. The Broncos lead off the inning with a single and a bunt that eventually placed runners on second and third. A ground ball sent to the left side forced Gogreve to dive and make a play. She tried to get the throw home from her knees, but the runner slid in under the tag to give Boise State the win.

Indiana will again see both Weber State and Boise State tomorrow in their second day at the SpringHill Suites Invitational.  

Edited by OliviaPope40

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BOISE, Idaho – The Indiana softball team defeated Weber State in a 5-1 decision this afternoon and held a 3-0 lead over Boise State in the nightcap, but darkness set in and forced the game to be suspended in the top of the fifth inning. That contest will be resumed and completed tomorrow at Noon ET.


The Hoosiers took advantage of Wilcat errors to help themselves to a 5-1 win over Weber State in Indiana’s first game of the day at the SpringHill Suites Invitational in Boise, Idaho.

The Hoosiers tallied just two hits in the game, a solo shot by Michelle Huber and a triple by Jenna Abraham, but that was all the offense they would need as two key errors in the top of the sixth plated four IU runs.

Lora Olson (1-7) was solid through 7.0 innings in the circle. She struck out six WSU batters and surrendered just one earned run on five hits.

Both teams remained scoreless until the Wildcats pushed a run across in the top of the fourth on an RBI-double to centerfield.

Huber used one swing of the bat to erase the Hoosiers’ one-run deficit in the bottom of the fifth. The sophomore drove a pitch over the scoreboard in left field to tie the ballgame at 1-1.

Abraham opened the sixth with a triple to right before Lalich reached on a walk to give IU runners on the corners. Kassi Farmer laid down a bunt and reached safely as Weber State’s MaCauley Flint checked the runner back to third and made no attempt to get Farmer at first. With bases loaded and two outs, Shelby Gogreve put the ball in play to WSU’s Brooke Ford. Ford’s throw to get Gogreve was off the mark, allowing two runs to score and give Indiana a 3-1 lead and leave runners on first and third. Erin Lehman sent another ground ball into play, and another Weber State error resulted in a pair of runs for the Hoosiers.

Olson would shutout the Wildcats in the top of the seventh, ending the game with her sixth strikeout of the contest to capture her first win of the season.


INDIANA 3, BOISE STATE 0 (Suspended in top of the fifth)

With no lights at Dona Larsen Park and darkness setting in, the umpire decided to suspend the game in the top of the fifth inning where Indiana held a 3-0 lead over Boise State. Both teams will resume play tomorrow at Noon.

The Hoosiers three runs all occurred in the top of the fourth inning. Jenna Abraham walked to start the frame and advanced to second on Natalie Lalich’s second single of the contest. With runners on first and second, Farmer drove an outside pitch out to the fence in right to drive in Abraham from second and put runners on second and third. Michelle Huber followed with a double down the left field line to clear the bases and give IU a 3-0 lead over the Broncos.

Boise State threatened to strike in the bottom half of the fifth after pushing a runner over to third, but the Hoosiers would get out of the inning and head into the top of the fifth.

Brianna Meyer connected on a one-out single to center field in the top of the fifth; however conditions were considered to dark to continue play and the game was suspended.

After continuing that game tomorrow afternoon, Indiana will then close the weekend with Valparaiso immediately following the concluding of the Indiana/Boise State game.


Edited by OliviaPope40

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Box Score




BOISE, Idaho – Indiana softball head coach Michelle Gardner picked up her 300th career win this afternoon after the Hoosiers defeated Valparaiso 3-1 in their final game of the SpringHill Suites Invitational in Boise, Idaho. Coach Gardner is now 300-345-1 (.464) in her coaching career with a 113-169-1 (.399) at the helm in Indiana.  IU finished the weekend 3-2 to improve to 5-16-1 on the year.

Indiana connected on nine hits against the Crusaders, with seven different Hoosiers tallying hits in the contest. Brianna Meyer lead the way at the plate going 2-for-4 with an RBI-single and a run scored. Michelle Huber and Kassi Farmer also drove in runs for Indiana this afternoon. Breanna Saucedo singled to extend her reached base streak to eight consecutive games.

Brooke Boetjer started the first 3.2 innings and allowed just one earned run on three hits while striking out three. Lora Olson (2-7) finished the game to become pitcher of record, tossing 3.1 shutout innings with just two Valpo hits and a pair of strikeouts.

The Hoosiers opened the game with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning. Breanna Saucedo reached on a fielding error and made her way to third on a single by Meyer. A one-out walk loaded the bases for Farmer who came through with an RBI-base hit to right to put her team ahead 1-0. Huber followed with another single to left. The hit drove in Meyer and gave Indiana a two run lead over Valpo.

Saucedo started the second inning with her first single of the game and advanced to second on her eighth stolen base of the season. Meyer would bring her around to score on a single up the middle, putting IU on top 3-0.


Valpo added a run in the fourth, sending Olson in to take over in the circle. The junior would shutout the Crusaders the rest of the way to help the Hoosiers to their third straight win.

Congrats to Coach Gardner for getting her 300th career win.

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After playing its first 22 games of the season on the road, the Indiana softball team will return to Andy Mohr Field for the first time in 2014 when the Hoosiers host their annual Hoosier Classic in Bloomington, Ind.  Indiana has gone undefeated at the Hoosier Classic since 2011, posting an 11-0 record in those games including its most recent 3-0 effort in 2013. Since the 2011 campaign, Indiana has played to a 35-15 record at home including a 6-9 mark in its first season within the confines of Andy Mohr Field. 


Toledo will play in the Hoosier Classic for the second straight season after joining the mix in 2013. The Rockets are currently 7-13 on the season and will meet with the Hoosiers for the fifth time in program history. The Hoosiers are 4-0 in the all-time series, with their most recent matchup occuring in the inaugural game at Andy Mohr Field last season that opened the 2013 Hoosier Classic. Indiana would go on to win that contest in five innings, 9-1.

The Rockets are hitting .283 on the season with six players hitting above .300, while the UT pitching staff has tossed 129.1 innings with a 3.79 ERA.


Illinois-Chicago will take on Indiana for the 19th time in program history. The Hoosiers lead the all-time series 12-6 and have been victorious the last six consecutive meetings. The Flames are 2-11 overall and will compete in the Hoosier Classic for the third consecutive year.

UIC is coached by IU Hall of Famer Michelle Venturalla. Venturella, a two-time All-American at Indiana and a US Olympic Gold Medalist, still holds single season records for runs (57), homeruns (16), RBI (65), doubles (17), slugging percentage (.819) and walks (56). She also still owns the highest career marks in RBI (153) and walks (140).


Wright State is 2-13 this season after coming off of a 1-3 weekend at the Winthrop/ADIDAS Invitational in Rock Hill, SC. The Raiders and Hoosiers will meet for the 10th time in program history. Indiana leads that series 7-2 and won in the squads' pervious meeting 2011, 6-3.

Wright State pitchers have posted an 5.80 ERA through 91.2 innings, while the Raiders bats are hitting at a .189 clip.


With the Hoosiers' 3-1 win over Valparaiso in Boise, Idaho last weekend, sixth year head coach Michelle Gardner earned her 300th career victory. Gardner, who landed her first head coaching job back in 2002 with Nevada, is now 300-345-1 (.464) in her coaching career with a 113-169-1 (.399) through six seasons at the helm in Indiana.  


The Hoosiers finished the SpringHill Suites Invitational on a strong note, taking their final three games of the weekend for victories to improve to 5-16-1 on the season. IU had four players hit over .300 on the weekend, highlighted by Michelle Huber's .357 batting average and .714 slugging percentage.In the circle, Indiana's hurlers combined for a 2.55 ERA in 33.0 innings and held opponents to just a .242 average. Lora Olson shined for the Hoosiers as she went 2-1 on the weekend with an impressive 0.86 ERA. The junior averaged four strikeouts per appearance and allowed just two earned runs.

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana softball team made the most of its home opening weekend this afternoon, as the Hoosiers swept in their first day of the Hoosier Classic at Andy Mohr Field, defeating Illinois-Chicago before upending Toledo, 5-2. Indiana has now won five consecutive contests, improving its overall mark to 7-16-1.

The pitching staff prevailed throughout the afternoon, posting a collaborative 1.50 earned run average through two games and combined for 15 strikeouts, which included Meaghan Murphy's season-high eight against Toledo.

At the plate, the Hoosiers were led by Kassi Farmer's .500 clip fueled by a multi-homerun performance against the Rockets. Her two round-trippers represent the second multiple-homerun effort on the season (her first against San Jose State on Feb. 8, 2014) and make her just one of three IU players to earn more than one multi-homerun game in their respective careers. Amanda Wagner (2010-13) andSara Olson (2009-11) are the only other Hoosier softball players to do so during their time at Indiana.


The Hoosiers outhit the Flames 5-4 in Indiana's 4-1 victory over UIC. Brianna MeyerJenna AbrahamShelby Gogreve and Erin Lehman all registered hits against UIC's pitching staff, but it would be Lehman's bases loaded triple in the fourth that would be the difference maker for the Cream and Crimson.


Lora Olson started in the circle for the Hoosiers and tossed the first five innings where she allowed just one run on five hits while striking out three. Brooke Boetjer closed out the final frame to pick up her second save of the year.


After a scoreless three innings, Lehman's triple would put the Hoosiers ahead in the bottom of the fourth.Kassi FarmerKelsey Dotson and Gogreve drew walks to load up the bases for Lehman. The freshman did not disappoint, driving a three-run triple into right-center field to give IU a 3-0 lead. Meyer's lone single of the contest followed and drove in Lehman for the Hoosiers' fourth run of the ballgame.

The Flames answered with a solo homerun in the top of sixth, but Indiana would not relinquish the lead and closed out the contest with a 4-1 win.


Despite being outhit 11-7 by the Rockets, the Hoosiers used timely hitting united with effective pitching to work its way to a 5-2 victory over Toledo

The Hoosiers connected on seven hits in their final game of the day, highlighted by a 2-for-3, two-homerun showing by Farmer. Both of which were of the solo variety, helping her to a pair of RBI and two runs scored. Saucedo also touched for a pair of singles, drove in a run and stole two bases, while Meyer Dotson and Lehman contributed with one hit each.

Murphy fanned eight Toledo batters, matching her season high against  Georgia Tech in the Panther Invitational on Feb. 15. The lefty threw the first 5.0 innings and allowed just two earned runs to cross before handing the reigns to Boetjer. Boetjer completed the remaining two innings and struck out the side in the seventh to seal the win for Indiana.

Farmers first of two homers sparked a three-run inning for Indiana in the second. Her shot over the centerfield fence was soon followed by a Toledo error and an RBI-single from Saucedo that led to another pair of Hoosier runs.

Another homerun by Farmer increased the Indiana lead to 4-0 in the third, but Toledo erased that shot with an RBI-single in the top of the fifth to cut the home team's lead back down to three.

Indiana scored once more in the following frame. After Meyer reached on a single, Natalie Lalich laid down the sacrifice bunt. Meyer recognized the lack of coverage at third and advanced two bases on the play. The throw to get her sliding into third was off the mark, allowing Meyer to score and reclaim an IU four-run lead.

Boetjer entered in the sixth and quickly worked through the final inning, striking out the side to help Indiana clinch its fifth straight win.

The Hoosiers will continue action at the Hoosier Classic tomorrow  where they were originally slated to play one game against Wright State at 4:45 p.m. IU has now added another game on Saturday where they will play UIC at 6:30 p.m. Live stats and live audio will be available for each of those games.


Edited by OliviaPope40

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