April 30, 2010
MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin softball team makes its 2010 Big Ten Network debut this weekend as it hosts Indiana in a two-game series. Saturday’s first pitch is set for 6:05 p.m., while Sunday’s contest starts at 1:05 p.m. Both games will air live on the Big Ten Network with Tracy Warren and Stacey Phillips on the call.
Wisconsin has won five of its last seven games against Indiana and owns a 19-13 record overall. The teams split a doubleheader last season in Bloomington.
Indiana (11-32, 2-11) is currently on a five-game losing streak. Most recently, the Hoosiers were swept in a doubleheader by Illinois on Wednesday.
The Hoosiers have been led offensively by Jennifer Glueckert. She leads the team with a .345 batting average and is second with a .454 slugging percentage and .368 on-base percentage. Sara Olson is the top power threat as she has a team-leading seven home runs and .513 slugging mark.
As a team, IU is batting just .244 and only Glueckert and Breanna Saucedo (.318) have averages higher than .272.
Four pitchers have seen action for Indiana this season, but Olson and Monica Wright have been the team’s go-to pitchers, each throwing at least 84.2 innings this year.
Olson holds a 4.27 earned run average with 66 strikeouts in 105 innings and a .260 batting average against. Meanwhile, Wright has a 5.04 ERA with 56 punch-outs in 84.2 innings of work. Opponents hold a .302 batting average against her.
The Badgers enter the contest holding a 2-1 record this week. UW swept a doubleheader on Wednesday against North Dakota, but lost at No. 25 Notre Dame on Thursday.
Senior pitcher Letty Olivarez went the distance in Wisconsin’s 4-3, eight-inning victory in game one against North Dakota. She pitched all eight innings, allowing eight hits, three runs, no walks and throwing three strikeouts. Katie Soderberg went 1-for-3, with a walk and two runs scored in the win.
Whitney Massey started on second for the Badgers in the eighth and advanced to third on a passed ball. Kendall Grimm stepped to the plate and smacked it past the Toni Schutte’s glove at shortstop, sending Massey home for the game-winning run.
Junior catcher Dana Rasmussen broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the sixth in game two with a three-run home run, the first homer of her career. Also in the game, senior Katie Soderberg set a school record by hitting two triples in the same game and Molly Spence tied a UW freshman record as she stole her 10th base of the year.
Freshman Meghan Mcintosh threw a career-high seven innings as she got the complete-game win. The Sierra Vista, Ariz., native matched her career high with five strikeouts, while giving up seven hits and just two walks.
Against the Fighting Irish, Jennifer Krueger and Spence combined to go 5-for-6 with two RBI and two runs scored, but the rest of the team was 0-for-13 as the Badgers fell, 11-3.
Krueger tied her career high in hits as she went 3-for-3, adding two runs scored and two stolen bases. Spence had a 2-for-3 day with two RBI. She now has 33 RBI on the year, setting a freshman record at Wisconsin. The old mark was held by Ricci Robben, who had 31 in 2005.
Fans unable to make it to the game or watch it live on the Big Ten Network can follow the game online with Gametracker and the Gameday Blog.