The four seniors on the 2014 Indiana Baseball team talk about their feelings going into the final regular season weekend against Minnesota.
JUNIOR YEAR: 2013
Made 52 starts in the outfield, playing in a total of 57 contests ... batted .309 with five homeruns, 34 RBI and nine doubles while scoring 25 runs on the year ... slugged .446 and reached base at a .372 clip ... increased production in the postseason, hitting .333 with six RBI, three doubles and two stolen bases while starting all 12 games ... earned All-Big Ten Tournament and All-NCAA Bloomington Regional honors ... concluded 2013 on a six-game hitting streak ... exploded for five RBI vs. Miami (OH) in the opening game of Bart Kaufman Field ... broke up an 8-8 tie at Evansville by blasting a game-winning homer in the top of the eighth inning.
REDSHIRT YEAR: 2012 (TRACK & FIELD)
Redshirted the baseball season due to foot injury ... threw javelin for the track and field program, posting second-place finishes at both the Border Battle and Polytan Invitational ... launched a season best of 51.50m (168' 11").
SOPHOMORE YEAR: 2011
Became a two-way player in his second season, making 14 pitching appearances and cracking the line-up in 17 games (nine starts) ... posted a 4.50 ERA with 20 strikeouts in 20.0 innings pitched ... also contributed three doubles and four RBI at the plate while playing third and second base ... tossed three scoreless innings at Texas A&M Corpus Christi (2/25), allowing just one hit and earning the `W' ... struck out five Bucknell batters (3/17) ... provided three shutout frames in the Hoosiers' 15-inning victory over Michigan State (5/14) ... went 2-for-4 with an RBI-double as IU topped Pittsburgh (3/14) ... tallied two hits and an RBI-double at Michigan (4/2) as well.
FRESHMAN YEAR: 2010
Freshman graduated high school a semester early, and appeared in 18 games with three starts on the year ... struck out 17 batters in 26 1/3 innings, posting an 0-1 record ... came in with the bases loaded and two down in his IU debut, striking out Kalei Hanawahine on three pitches to retire the San Diego side ... also threw a scoreless inning in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader with USD (2/20) ... went 2 1/3 innings against Villanova (2/27), surrendering two hits and striking out two ... punched out two in 1 2/3 innings against Vanderbilt (3/7) ... surrendered just two hits and no walks to No. 10 Louisville (3/9), striking out two in a no-decision ... tossed 2/3 of an inning in the second game against Louisville (3/30) ... pitched two frames in the opener against Ohio State (4/9) ... made the start at Miami, (4/20), going two innings.
Pitched three years for Jim Hurt at Bloomington North before graduating high school early to attend IU ... helped North to three straight sectional titles from 2007-09, one of the most successful runs in school history ... went 8-2 in the 2009 season with 45 strikeouts in 43 innings of work ... finest game of the season came in a complete-game outing against Lawrence Central, when he struck out a career-high 15 ... also played shortstop for the Cougars, posting a .383 average at the plate with 21 RBI and 29 runs scored ... suffered a broken elbow during his sophomore campaign, but helped North finish 19-10 ... helped North to a semi-state title as a freshman, going 4-1 on the mound with two saves out of the bullpen ... also played two years of football for North, lining up at wide receiver and quarterback ... is the son of Hoosier skipper Tracy Smith and his wife, Jaime ... has two younger brothers, Ty and Jack ... Ty is a freshman wide receiver on the IU Football team ... born on March 24, 1991 ... a Political Science major.