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The Indiana defense misses the play at second base against Indiana State on Wednesday at Sembower Field. The Hoosiers lost 17-4 to the Sycamores.

Sycamores trounce IU pitching

A rough day for most of IU’s mid-week pitchers and a sluggish offensive performance contributed to a blowout loss for IU baseball at the hands of an in-state foe and left the Hoosiers’  head coach displeased with the current competitiveness of his squad.

IU bats go quiet at Minnesota

Heading into the weekend Big Ten series at Minnesota, IU coach Tracy Smith noted the conference schedule was entering a pivotal phase for each club in the 10-team league.

Sophomore center fielder Alex Dickerson hits a ground ball during IU's 5-4 loss to Louisville March 31 at Sembower Field.

Dickerson sees defensive improvement

Last season, outfielder Alex Dickerson had no trouble contributing with the bat in his hand.

The freshman fielder’s glove, though, was a whole other story.

IU falls to Miami (OH), 8-6

The Hoosiers' four-game winning streak was snapped Tuesday night after surrendering an early lead to Miami (OH).

Sophomore Josh Lyon eyes a hit against Louisville on March 30 at Sembower Field. Lyon was named Big Ten co-Player of the Week on Monday.

Lyon emerges as IU's newest threat

As the team watched the movie “61*” on the way back from last week’s game at Valparaiso, IU sophomore Josh Lyon jokingly compared himself to baseball legend and the film’s central character, Roger Maris.

Club team transfer makes splash before Iowa series

IU returns home for a three-game, in-conference series Friday afternoon at Sembower Field with a new face in the bullpen.

Alex Zerman, an IU junior who began the 2010 season playing for the University’s club baseball team, joined the Hoosiers officially Monday before making his first appearance on the mound in Tuesday’s contest at Valparaiso.

Micah Johnson smiles at fans during the team's 5-4 win against Taylor on March 27 at Sembower Field.

Marching to their own beat

IU coach Tracy Smith typically has a few more important things to think about during a game than what his players have chosen as their at-bat or pitching introduction music.

But in between decisions about pitching changes, double switches or pinch hitters, Smith admits a select few of those songs booming through the Sembower Field public address system still manage to grab his attention.

Pitching biggest concern as IU faces Valparaiso

The IU baseball team faces an early mid-week non conference test as it travels to Gary to face Valparaiso (11-18). The Hoosiers (15-15) were only able to take one of three from Ohio State, the preseason Big Ten favorites, last weekend. Valparaiso is coming off a weekend in which it took two out of three on the road against Youngstown State.

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.

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