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IU sophomore Blake Monar pitches in the first inning of IU's 9-7 loss to Penn State on April 17, 2009 at Sembower Field.

Monar looks to pitch after early season injury

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.


Top hitters slow down at OSU

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 State.


IU right fielder Michael Earley reacts after being tagged out at home plate by Michigan catcher Patrick Biondi April 4 at Sembower Field.

IU drops 2 of 3 at Ohio State

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.


Sophomore left fielder Alex Dickerson takes off from first base during the Hoosiers' 26-6 win against Michigan April 4 at Sembower Field.

IU's powerful bats meet OSU's perfect pitcher

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 Ohio State.


Sophomore left fielder Alex Dickerson takes a swing during the Hoosiers' 26-6 win against Michigan April 4 at Sembower Field.

Leininger, Dickerson top Big Ten charts while leading IU

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 two years.


IU third baseman Micah Johnson studies the Michigan pitcher before stealing a base Sunday at Sembower Field.

Hoosier bats come alive in 12-6 win against BSU

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.



Senior Michael Earley high-fives teammates as he takes the field before IU's 16-10 loss to Michigan Sunday at Sembower Field.

IU welcomes Ball State for Big Ten break

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).


IU third baseman Micah Johnson rounds third base on his way to scoring the Hoosiers' first run during their 5-4 loss to Louisville Tuesday at Sembower Field.

IU brings winning record to Big Ten action

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.


Out of Left 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.


IU shortstop Michael Basil fields a double play ball in the second inning of the Hoosiers' 5-4 loss to Louisville March 30 at Sembower Field.

9th-inning home run drives No. 8 Louisville past IU

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.


IU third baseman Micah Johnson hits a leadoff double during the Hoosiers' 7-3 win over Taylor University Saturday at Sembower Field.

IU faces rematch with No. 8 Louisville

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.



IU pitcher Mike McKinley throws during the Hoosiers' 7-3 win over Taylor University March 27 at Sembower Field.

Dickerson powers IU to perfect weekend

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.


Brian Lambert slides home to score one of his three runs scored during the IU baseball team's home opener against Xavier on Wednesday. The Hoosiers beat the Musketeers 18-7.

Unable to pitch, Monar contributes in batter's box

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.


Freshman infielder Michael Basil attempts to finish a double play as a Xavier player slides into second base.

Sweet Home Indiana

A day removed from a loss at Morehead State that totaled 35 runs by both clubs, the IU baseball team didn’t lose a thing at the plate in its first home game of the 2010 season.

Six home runs, a school record-tying, five-hit day for junior first baseman Jerrud Sabourin and a clinching five-run seventh inning produced a 17-8 winning effort for the Hoosiers (10-10) at Sembower Field.


Baseball team welcomes Xavier for home opener

After a long road trip, the IU baseball team is returning to comfortable surroundings.
The Hoosiers (9-10) play their first contest at Sembower Field after 19 consecutive away games against the Xavier Musketeers (4-15) today.


IU sophomore catcher Josh Lyon swings at a pitch during the Hoosiers' 9-7 loss to Louisville on Mar. 9.  IU is 9-9 this season and will face Morehead State on the road this afternoon.

Hoosiers play final game before home opener

Aided by a stout offense and an improved pitching staff, a rejuvenated IU baseball team looks to earn a winning record for the first time this season Tuesday in Morehead, Ky.



Sophomore catcher Josh Lyon aims for a hit against Louisville on March 9, 2010. The Hoosiers went 5-2 during spring break action. Lyon had 4 hits and 2 RBI for the week.

Leininger, Johnson shine in break battles

Coming into the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational, the Hoosiers boasted a 4-8 record. The team was fresh off two games against both Vanderbilt and Louisville, two of the better teams in the nation, and played them very well despite the final result ending in a loss. A breakout was right around the corner.


Freshman pitcher Casey Smith delivers a ball to the plate in the first inning of Tuesday's game at Louisville. Smith allowed just two runs and two hits in five innings during his first start in collegiate baseball.

Louisville powers past IU, 9-7

For the second-straight game, the IU baseball team had a ranked foe on the ropes, only to watch a late surge slap a tally in the loss column.


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