As announced Feb. 15, the new baseball facilities were named after student athlete alumnus Bart Kaufman. After years of anticipation, University officials said they hope to break ground on Bart Kaufman Field in early May.
After IU Coach Tracy Smith’s team lost catcher Wes Wilson to graduation after the 2011 season, Smith thought Ty Downing would step in to the starter’s role this season. But Downing, a Bowling Green, Ky., native, felt homesick and decided to transfer during the semester break.
After a weekend series victory against Georgia Southern, the IU baseball team will begin a midweek home-and-home series Tuesday against Miami (Ohio).
A five-run seventh inning for Georgia Southern broke a 1-1 tie, and the Eagles won 9-1 to avoid a series sweep at the hands of the Hoosiers Sunday at Sembower Field.
The Hoosiers said this is a perfect time for them to face a nonconference opponent, as Georgia Southern University comes to Sembower Field this weekend.
Coming off a weekend that ended with IU getting swept in Sunday’s doubleheader with Michigan State, the Hoosier baseball team will be back in action Tuesday against the Louisville Cardinals.
A 35-minute interval between games did not cool the Michigan State bats, as the Spartans wasted no time scoring four runs in the top of the first against sophomore starter Matt Dearden and senior reliever Drew Leininger en route to a 20-10 win.
Michigan State has played one less Big Ten series than Indiana, which only adds to the importance of this weekend’s series at Sembower Field against the Spartans.
A mid-week contest against a nonconference opponent gave IU Coach Tracy Smith the opportunity to play some team members who do not play often.
After trailing by four runs, the IU baseball team completed the comeback against the Indiana State University Sycamores behind a freshman Chris Sujka walk-off base-hit bunt in the bottom of the ninth inning for a 8-7 victory.
Though they enter today’s contest against Indiana State in a tie for second place in the Big Ten, the Hoosiers will not be able to improve their seeding. But freshman first baseman Sam Travis said his team must bring a better mindset to the ballpark.
After Illinois dropped the opener, the Fighting Illini rallied, winning 11-6 Sunday and the series 2-1. It was the Hoosiers’ first series loss in Big Ten play.
For the first time in 11 months, the Hoosiers will play the team that ended their season last year when they play the University of Illinois Fighting Illini.