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Softball Set for Home Opener

Softball Set for Home Opener

EAST LANSING, Mich. — At long last, the Michigan State softball team will open Secchia Stadium for the first time in 2024, welcoming Indiana to Old College Field for a three-game B1G series on April 5-7. Action gets started on Friday, April 5 at 5:00 p.m. All three games this weekend will stream live on B1G+. A separate radio broadcast will be available on with Jeremy Otto calling the action.


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Sunday, April 7

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Indiana is 23-12 this season, but 0-6 in the B1G after series sweeps by Penn State and Michigan to open conference play. The Hoosiers are No. 52 in the latest NCAA RPI rankings with wins over current No. 30 Kansas, No. 35 Oregon, No. 44 FAU and No. 49 Louisville. Indiana is 2-0 against opponents shared with MSU (FAU, Marshall).

Michigan State is 57-77 all-time against Indiana overall and 24-34 when playing in East Lansing. Indiana has won three straight and nine of the last 10. MSU has not faced Indiana in East Lansing since May 8, 2017.

IU ranks #41 nationally in batting average (.310), #55 in doubles (50), #101 in ERA (3.18), #24 in home runs per game (1.14), #44 in OBP (.389), #30 in scoring (6.06), #24 in SLG (.511) and #9 in stolen bases per game (2.29).

Brianna Copeland is #36 nationally in strikeouts (103). Copeland owns a 2.48 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP in the circle over 96.0 innings. Opponents are hitting .219 against her this season in 26 appearances. Copeland is also hitting .351 with a .993 OPS and a .434 OBP. Copeland has 12 extra-base hits this season and 22 RBI. She leads the team with 39 hits and is tied for the team-high in stolen bases with 12.

Taylor Minnick ranks #40 nationally in RBI (36). Minnick is second on the team hitting .359 along with a team-high .460 OBP. Avery Parker (1.042) and Cora Bassett (1.029) also boast an OPS over 1.000. Bassett leads the team with eight home runs.

Four Hoosiers have stolen double-digit bags this season (Aly VanBrandt – 11, Brooke Benson – 12, Cassidy…

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