The Hoosiers will take Jim Patterson Stadium at 4 p.m. today in Louisville having won five of their last six games. IU and Louisville have faced off four times in the past two seasons, with the Cardinals walking away with three wins.
On a cold and rainy day last week, IU coach Tracy Smith paced back and forth on the diamond as his players looked on, eagerly awaiting the game-3 start of their first Big Ten series against Minnesota. The opposing dugout was empty. The umpire’s hands fought the wind as he announced the cancelation of the March 29 game.
After his team’s 3-2 win against Minnesota last Saturday, junior catcher Josh Phegley said his biggest concern was a lack of early scoring in games. His teammates responded against Cincinnati on Wednesday night, as the Hoosiers scored five runs in the first inning en route to a 16-4 victory. The win was IU’s third in a row and brings their season record to 10-15.
IU’s 11-4 Tuesday victory against Chicago State, which was called after the fifth inning began, saw the re-emergence of IU’s one-time ace. Bashore (1-3) gained his first win of the season. He was backed by an offense that put up two home runs and scored 11 earned runs.
Eric Arnett lunged from a soggy mound, sending every inch of his slender, 6-foot-5 frame flailing toward the wet grass in his last heave of Saturday’s 3-2 win against No. 25 Minnesota.
Behind 10 strikeouts from junior pitcher Eric Arnett, the Hoosiers evened their Big Ten opening series with Minnesota with a 3-2 win Saturday at Sembower Field.
By means of a dominant fastball and slider, the Pataskala, Ohio, native has quietly transformed into one of the most feared pitchers in the Big Ten. Arnett currently leads the Hoosiers in wins (4-1), ERA (2.57), strikeouts (35) and innings pitched (35).
Possessing ability within the diamond, even his teammates rave about him, dubbing him “Mr. Hands.” However, it will take more than one man to win games in the Big Ten. No one knows that more than Phegley heading into IU’s 3 p.m. Friday conference opener against Minnesota.
Any 7-13 team would be prone to panic – losing six of your last eight games can only further deplete an already anxiety-filled, partly shattered psyche. IU is relatively calm heading into its 3 p.m. game today against Xavier (10-6), despite the contest’s weight. It is the Hoosiers' final opportunity for improvement before the Big Ten season.
The IU baseball team played in a game for the record books on Monday. The Hoosiers (6-9) lost 28-17 to the University of Northern Iowa (9-9). Both teams had pitching problem, leading to astronomical numbers from the batters.
The Hoosiers will play their first game Saturday against Bowling Green at Chain O’Lakes Stadium in Winter Haven, Fla. They will then compete in a string of contests, which will lead IU into conference play and its toughest portion of the season.
Behind excellent pitching from junior Chris Squires and nine home runs, the Hoosiers did just that in a dominating 18-3 victory. Squires pitched six innings, giving up five hits and only three earned runs on Tuesday.
IU coach Tracy Smith wasn’t happy with his team Sunday night, to say the least.After the Hoosiers’ last game at the Eagle Invitational, an 8-3 win against Le Moyne, Smith was brutally honest when discussing their performance.