When the Hoosiers take the field this weekend against Purdue in West Lafayette, one thing will be on their minds: getting even. Not only are the Boilermakers major rivals, but they were also the team to end IU’s storied run in the Big Ten tournament last season.
Matt Carr made it into the fifth inning before the seams ripped off a makeshift midweek pitching lineup.
Visitors to the Indiana baseball locker room are greeted by a nearly bare casing – one in which only two teams are honored. The more prominently placed of the two displays is the Hoosiers’ 1949 Co-Big Ten Champions, providing a window into IU’s past in more ways than one.
The Hoosiers will get another shot at the Cardinals at 4 p.m. today on Sembower Field at their most stable point in the season.
Jake Dunning stepped up to bat with the bases loaded, the tying and game-winning runs represented on first and second base. Dunning wasn’t able to convert and was struck out swinging to abruptly end IU’s 9-7 loss to Penn State.
The Hoosiers (16-17) are currently tied for first place in the Big Ten and look to continue their conference reign when they face Penn State at 3 p.m. Friday at Sembower Field. Freshman Blake Monar will pitch game 1, followed by juniors Eric Arnett and Matt Bashore on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
IU's 3 p.m. game today against Ball State has been canceled due to poor field conditions at the Ball Diamond stadium in the Muncie. The game will not be rescheduled.
With his team struggling through the season’s early stages, IU coach Tracy Smith consistently pointed to pitching as one of his its most glaring weaknesses. IU’s weekend series sweep against Iowa, however, saw a markedly different result from the incline.
With eight returning players who batted at least .300 last season, the IU baseball team entered 2009 certain that hitting would be its biggest strength.
IU junior pitcher Eric Arnett went a full nine innings, giving up only two hits and one earned run en route to a 5-1 win against Iowa on Saturday in Iowa City, Iowa.