Senior Dylan Swift provided some fun and sparked a rally in the Hoosiers' 8-4 loss to Louisville on Tuesday at Sembower Field, but coach Tracy Smith said he believes the team is mentally ready for its final regular-season series this weekend at Illinois.
Fighting to keep its postseason hopes alive, IU won three games, including a 13-12 marathon victory in 15 frames Saturday and Sunday, to claim a crucial series sweep of Big Ten-leading Michigan State at Sembower Field.
The Wildcats outhit the Hoosiers 17-10 with seven of nine Kentucky starters recording multi-hit games and four of them hitting solo home runs.
Freshman pitcher Joey DeNato started a Friday game for the first time in his collegiate career May 6 against Northwestern. His eight shutout innings and seven strikeouts in the Hoosiers’ 5-0 win against the Wildcats earned him the conference’s Pitcher of the Week award.
The IU baseball team entered the weekend with its postseason hopes hanging in the balance. The Hoosiers sure seemed like they recognized it.
The seven straight losses for Tracy Smith’s ballclub account for the most losses since 2008. During that stretch, IU has left 57 runners on base while being outscored 55-19 with 15 of those 55 runs being unearned.
As Dylan Swift and Wes Wilson look back on their years in Bloomington and their growth together as members of the IU baseball team, they believe the Hoosiers will receive solid production from the catcher position no matter who dons the gear in a given game.
In advance of a weekend series with Big Ten-leading Purdue in West Lafayette, IU coach Tracy Smith said his team’s recent skid might have more to do with the nature of baseball than with any shortcomings by the Hoosiers (25-16, 6-6).
Despite recording double-digit hits, the Hoosiers allowed 10 runs on 13 hits in losing the season series to the RedHawks.
Junior Alex Dickerson knows that today’s game against Miami (Ohio) (22-18) only counts for one tally in the win or loss column, but coming off the Hoosiers’ first three-game losing streak this season, this is not an average midweek game.
Alex Dickerson wanted the perfect balance between school and baseball. Drew Leininger wanted change and a new environment. Dillon Dooney wanted a close-knit group like he had in high school.
Junior pitcher Drew Leininger threw a one-hit shutout through six innings and retired his last 18 at-bats — 10 of them strikeouts — in leading the Hoosiers (25-12) to a 5-1 midweek victory against Morehead State at Sembower Field.
Fresh off their third straight conference series win last weekend after taking two of three games from Iowa in Iowa City, the Hoosiers (23-12, 6-3) carry a new all-time hits leader and a Co-Big Ten Freshman of the Week today to Louisville.
Behind a complete game from junior Blake Monar and an 11-strikeout outing from freshman Joey DeNato, the IU (23-12, 6-3) baseball team won its third straight Big Ten series to open up the conference season.
After IU gave up three runs in the top of the seventh inning, sophomore second baseman Micah Johnson and senior outfielder T.C. Knipp batted in three to cement a 6-3 win against Indiana State at Sembower Field.