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Hoosiers to face Big Ten’s best in Ohio State

Freshman Bridget Langan stands on first base during the sixth inning against Indiana State on March 26 at the IU Softball Field. Freshman Molly Anderson hit a walk-off RBI in the eighth inning, lifting the Hoosiers to a 5-4 win over the Sycamores.

The Hoosiers (5-26, 1-5) recently got something they have  lacked throughout the season: a feature pitcher.

Sophomore pitcher Sara Olson will take the mound against the Big Ten’s best today, when IU faces No. 16 Ohio State (28-6, 5-1). Olson at 2 p.m. today at IU Softball Field. Olson will look to match her performance from Saturday against Northwestern, where she held one of the nation’s top offenses to two earned runs.

Olson credits a change in her mechanics as the reason for her recent success.

“I’ve been working on keeping my pitches low and actually getting them to move,” Olsen said.

If IU wants to keep the game against Ohio State close, it can’t let junior catcher Sam Marder take over. Olsen is well aware of the fact that Marder already has 14 home runs and 32 RBI.

“Sam Marder is definitely one of the best hitters in the Big Ten,” Olsen said.

The Buckeyes have struggled as of late: Ohio State has averaged just two runs in its past three games. If the Hoosiers hope to knock off one of the Big Ten’s top teams, the Buckeyes’ scoring drought will have to continue.

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