28 Eric Wagner  
    Eric Wagner


    Naperville, Ill.

    High School:
    Neuqua Valley

    Height / Weight:
    6-4 / 205



    FRESHMAN YEAR (2006)
    Made two starts and appeared in 10 ballgames ... struck out 13 men in 19 1/3 innings ... tossed a scoreless frame in relief at Minnesota (5/19) ... pitched two innings of relief against Ball State (5/16) ... earned first victory of his career with three innings of scoreless ball vs. Indiana State (4/18) ... gave up three hits, struck out three and walked none ... Opening Day starter went 4 innings at Charlotte (2/24), allowing two earned runs with one walk and four punchouts.

    Named all-conference, all-city and all-area during his high school career ... compiled an 8-1 record with a 1.34 ERA ... clinched a 2005 regional championship with a complete game effort in the title game ... coached by Robin Renner and John Fumagalli ... high school teammate of fellow freshman Jon David ... the son of Mark and Vicki Wagner ... one sibling, Ryan ... born Aug. 21, 1987 ... undecided major.

    If you were to play another sport at IU, what would it be?

    Best thing about the team:
    We have a bunch of good guys that all get along well. Everyone has a good time, but we get down to business once it's time to hit the field because everyone wants to turn IU into a championship program.

    What are three words that best describe coach Smith?
    Disciplined, focused, dedicated

    Who would play you in a movie?
    Vince Vaughn

    Which professional player would you compare yourself to?
    Mark Prior

    What is your favorite major league ballpark?
    Wrigley Field

    What would be the title of your autobiography?

    What is your favorite/most memorable sports moment?
    Pitching in the regional championship against our crosstown rival my senior year and shutting them down in a complete game effort for the victory.

    Should Pete Rose be eligible for the Hall of Fame?

    Should college baseball switch to wooden bats?

    Who is the best hitter and pitcher in major league baseball?
    The best hitter in baseball is Barry Bonds and the best pitcher is Roger Clemens

    Who is the one MLB hitter/pitcher you would want to face?
    The one hitter I would like to face would be Barry Bonds, and even though I don't hit, I would like to see Eric Gagne throw live.

    Favorite baseball team:
    Chicago Cubs

    Favorite player:
    Mark Prior

    Do you have any pre-game rituals or superstitions?
    I take a nap before every game.

    Why did you choose IU?
    Indiana was the best fit for me. I wanted to play in a big-time program where I could contribute as soon as possible.


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