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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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).