IU will open brand new Bart Kaufman Field riding a seven-game winning streak after an 11-2 win against the Miami (Ohio) RedHawks Tuesday in Oxford, Ohio. IU Coach Tracy Smith said it is purely coincidence that his squad will face his former team and alma mater in the stadium’s inaugural game Wednesday at 4 p.m.
For the first time in the program’s 118-year history, the IU baseball team is ranked in the top 25 by Baseball America.
IU won the series from Georgia Southern last April in Bloomington, but Donley said that does not matter, because this is a new year.
Sophomore infielder Sam Travis and freshman pitcher Evan Bell were named Big Ten Player of the Week and Co-Big Ten Freshman of the Week, respectively, Monday afternoon.
IU's pitching staff will be over 10 deep in the 2013 season, and its performance early in the season will be critical to the Hoosiers' postseason chances.
Relief pitcher Jonny Hoffman has been charged with a Class C felony of drug dealing and has subsequently been dismissed from the IU baseball program.