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IU softball ranked in latest top 25 poll

<p>Pitcher Tara Trainer strikes out all three Ohio State batters March 23, 2018. IU softball made the top 25 in the USA Today and National Fastpitch Coaches Association rankings Tuesday.</p>

Pitcher Tara Trainer strikes out all three Ohio State batters March 23, 2018. IU softball made the top 25 in the USA Today and National Fastpitch Coaches Association rankings Tuesday.

After a 5-0 start to the season, IU softball cracked the top 25 in the USA Today and National Fastpitch Coaches Association rankings Tuesday.

IU checked in at No. 24 as one of six Big Ten teams to receive votes.

The last time that the Hoosiers appeared in the coaches poll was on May 7, 1996.

In the season-opening weekend, IU defeated the University of Virginia, Bethune-Cookman University, St. John’s University, Florida Atlantic University and then-No. 6 University of Georgia.

The Hoosiers outscored all five opponents 32-7 and batted .311 as a team while limiting their opponents to a .198 average.

Senior pitcher Tara Trainer had three wins in the five games with a 2.19 earned runs average and 13 hits allowed.

IU will take that ranking this to Durham, North Carolina this upcoming weekend for the Big Ten/ACC Challenge where they will face Syracuse University and Duke University twice each.

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