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There’s a good chance IU coach Tracy Smith never dreamed before the
2010 season that his ace pitcher would be contributing from the
batter’s box instead of the pitching mound.
Not a game goes by where sophomore outfielder Alex Dickerson doesn’t
silence those questioning his impressive freshman campaign and puts to
rest the talk of a possible “sophomore slump” in 2010.
Coming off an undefeated home stand and with Big Ten conference play
right around the corner, the Hoosiers (12-10) will get another shot to
take down one of the best teams in college baseball as they face No. 8
Louisville (20-3) at 3:05 p.m. today at Sembower Field.
The IU baseball team looked like it was headed to a big victory against
a top-10 Louisville team, but once again, the Cardinals came up big
when it counted the most Tuesday at Sembower Field.
Louisville outfielder Kyle Grieshaber probably didn’t think much of the
small seating area behind him in left field prior to Tuesday’s game
against the IU baseball team.
But afterwards, the freshman surely knew about “Tracy’s Terrace,”
thanks to about 15 people stationed along the Sembower Field fence,
just yards from where he stood.
Crediting the mental toughness of his players, IU coach Tracy Smith
said he’s plenty proud of his squad as it heads into its first series
of the Big Ten schedule this weekend at Sembower Field.
Hoosier fans at Sembower Field saw a little bit of everything in the Big Ten Conference Opener this weekend.
Two days removed from driving in 26 runs to avoid a Michigan sweep and
open the Big Ten last weekend, the Hoosiers (13-13) look to keep the
offense rolling in a 3 p.m. matchup at Sembower Field against in-state
rival Ball State Cardinals (11-15).
Battling 25 to 30 mph gusts of wind that were blowing out to center
field all day, the Hoosiers (14-13) offensive attack was not as
powerful as Sunday’s, but they did hit five home runs in a 12-6 victory
against Ball State (11-16) on Tuesday.
Two years ago, sophomore outfielder Alex Dickerson and sophomore
pitcher Drew Leininger were playing for Poway High School in San Diego,
Calif., a team that has produced eight Division-I players in the last
IU coach Tracy Smith tweeted early Thursday morning that he couldn’t
sleep, but he didn’t blame it on the fact that his team would take the
field against one of the nation’s best collegiate pitchers Friday at
The Hoosiers had an opportunity to win the series on the road against
Ohio State this weekend, even with the reigning co-Big Ten Pitcher of
the Year on the mound for the Buckeyes.
Two of the IU baseball team's best batters cooled off slightly from
their blistering pace during the weekend in a losing series at Ohio
At this point in the 2010 season, the IU baseball team hoped to have
its anticipated preseason pitching ace on the mound, winning games and
leading an undermanned pitching staff.
Instead, sophomore Blake Monar hasn’t started on the rubber since the
season’s first game in February at San Diego due to a strained rotator
cuff. He’s played sparingly since as a pinch hitter for the Hoosiers.
The IU baseball team faces an early mid-week non conference test as it
travels to Gary to face Valparaiso (11-18). The Hoosiers (15-15) were
only able to take one of three from Ohio State, the preseason Big Ten
favorites, last weekend. Valparaiso is coming off a weekend in which it
took two out of three on the road against Youngstown State.
In between Big Ten series, the Hoosiers easily beat the Valparaiso Crusaders on the road.
IU coach Tracy Smith typically has a few more important things to think
about during a game than what his players have chosen as their at-bat
or pitching introduction music.
But in between decisions about pitching changes, double switches or
pinch hitters, Smith admits a select few of those songs booming through
the Sembower Field public address system still manage to grab his
IU returns home for a three-game, in-conference series Friday afternoon at Sembower Field with a new face in the bullpen.
Alex Zerman, an IU junior who began the 2010 season playing for the
University’s club baseball team, joined the Hoosiers officially Monday
before making his first appearance on the mound in Tuesday’s contest at
The first Big Ten conference series sweep is in the books for the
Hoosiers baseball team, as they took all three games from Iowa this
weekend to improve to 19-15 and 5-4 in the Big Ten.
As the team watched the movie “61*” on the way back from last week’s
game at Valparaiso, IU sophomore Josh Lyon jokingly compared himself to
baseball legend and the film’s central character, Roger Maris.