The IU baseball team (36-9, 13-5 in the Big Ten as of Wednesday afternoon) will play in front of a home crowd for the final time this season when it welcomes Northwestern to Bloomington for a three-game set starting at 6:05 p.m. Friday at Bart Kaufman Field.
Fifty-nine miles away from the University of Nebraska’s Hawks Field at Haymarket Park is TD Ameritrade Park, the site of the 2013 College World Series. The No. 17 Hoosiers (34-8, 11-4), for their penultimate Big Ten road series, will be about an hour away from the location of item No. 2 on their list of preseason goals.
The catcher leads his team in batting average, on-base percentage, hits, home runs and total bases. He injured his knee sliding into home plate against Illinois on April 6, and has seen limited playing time since then.
Living a dream sometimes involves abrupt descents from cloud nine for Jamie Smith. She’s IU Coach Tracy Smith’s wife, and her eldest son Casey wears No. 20 and plays right field for the No. 13-ranked IU baseball team.
IU Coach Tracy Smith’s No. 13 IU baseball team (26-4, 8-1) practiced under the lights of Bart Kaufman Field on Wednesday to prepare for what Smith dubbed a very important weekend series for the Hoosiers.
No. 17 IU (25-4, 8-1 Big Ten) will face off against the Evansville Purple Aces (14-18, 5-4 Missouri Valley Conference) at 7 p.m. today in Evansville.