The Hoosiers (27-25, 12-12) did just that Saturday afternoon at Sembower Field, winning 16-6 over Illinois (26-26, 10-14) to earn the sixth and final seed to this week’s Big Ten Tournament in Columbus, Ohio.
Taking a look at the IU baseball team’s last five wins, one might conclude that the team knows how to win close games. But a closer look at the scores — 10-7, 18-17, 1-0, 11-9, and 12-11 — shows a disturbing trend of needing to out-muscle the opposition.
IU senior closing pitcher Chris Squires rebounded from two disappointing relief efforts to preserve the win in Sunday’s finale at Michigan State, but the Hoosiers now face a dogfight to make the Big Ten Tournament.
Smith hopes that the more focused approach will allow his Hoosiers (21-21, 7-8) to come away successful from this weekend’s conference series at Northwestern (20-25, 9-6)
Way back in September 2006, the board of trustees approved three major building projects for an athletics department riding a bit of a high at the time.
The Hoosiers play host to Purdue (24-16) heading into the fifth weekend of conference play with a 20-19 overall record. The Boilermakers are red-hot, winning eight of their last 10. IU, on the other hand, has lost four of its last five.
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.
The first Big Ten conference series sweep is in the books for the Hoosiers baseball team, as they took all three games from Iowa this weekend to improve to 19-15 and 5-4 in the Big Ten.
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.
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.