Big Ten foes are running into trouble every Saturday when they have to face IU aces Zach Otte and Nick Vitielliss for the doubleheaders. Both are undefeated in Big Ten play, with three straight complete games.
The IU softball team returns home to host IU-Purdue University Indianapolis today at 2:30 p.m. at the IU Softball Field. Both the Hoosiers and Jaguars enter today's match-up with four-game losing streaks. IU (11-25-1) comes into the game after getting swept in a pair of Big Ten conference doubleheaders over the weekend at Illinois and Purdue. IUPUI (6-26) dropped all four of its contests against Oakland this past weekend.
The IU women's tennis team split its two matches over the weekend against Big Ten foes at home. The team toppled Penn State by a score of 5-2 but fell to Ohio State 4-3 in a closely contested match. The weekend left IU with a 4-4 record in conference and a 15-7 mark overall.
Torrential rain Saturday night and Sunday morning led officials to cancel the third round of the Kepler Intercollegiate in Columbus, Ohio. With the results from the first two rounds standing up as the final results, the Hoosiers ended the tournament tied for sixth place with Auburn with a two round score of 592. UNLV won the tournament with a score of 576 (288-288).
Four Hoosiers cracked the individual top 10 at the Hawkeye Invitational, but it wasn't enough to overcome the dominating play of Michigan. IU finished in second place with a 903 team score, 15 strokes out of first. It is the fifth time this year and second time in two weeks that Michigan has won a tournament in which IU competed.
The Hoosiers came away with a much-needed split in their first away series in Big Ten competition. IU (26-7, 8-4 Big Ten) swept the double header Saturday against Michigan State (22-8, 6-5) behind dominating pitching and defense.
At 0-12 in the Big Ten, the IU softball team is off to its worst start in school history to begin conference play. Illinois (25-16, 5-5 Big Ten) and rival Purdue (31-16, 2-6) both swept the Hoosiers in a two-game series over the weekend.
The No. 36 IU women's tennis team returns to Bloomington this weekend to take on Penn State and Ohio State. The Hoosiers face the Nittany Lions Saturday and the Buckeyes Sunday. Both matches are scheduled for 10 a.m. and will be held at the Indiana tennis complex.
Last weekend at the Indiana Invitational, the IU women's golf team lost a seven-stroke lead after the first two rounds and missed first place by two strokes. The week before, the team missed first by just three strokes at the Lady Seahawk Invitational, finishing third.
The IU men's tennis team gets healthier and healthier every day. In addition, the eight freshmen on the squad receive more experience through matches and practices, as the seniors look to finish their careers on a positive note.
It's not common for entire seasons to revolve around only the third series on the conference schedule. But IU's campaign for Big Ten greatness relies on a successful trip to East Lansing this weekend.
Having split both of its doubleheaders this week, the IU softball team goes into this weekend's competition against Illinois and Purdue in search of its first win in Big Ten play. The Hoosiers head to Illinois (23-16, 3-5 Big Ten) tonight for a 6 p.m. game. IU (11-21-1, 0-8) and the Illini will also battle at noon Saturday in Champaign, Ill. The Hoosiers then travel to West Lafayette to take on rival Purdue (29-15, 0-6) in a doubleheader starting at noon Sunday.
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