February 21 2000
HOOSIERS RETURN HOME TO FACE INDIANA WESLEYAN
The Hoosiers (2-2) returns home from San Diego to face Indiana
Wesleyan at Sembower Field on Tuesday, February 22 at 2 p.m.
The Indiana Wesleyan Wildcats will open their 2000 campaign when
they face the Hoosiers.
Complete game results will be made available on the web at www.athletics.indiana.edu
following the event. They can be viewed and printed out by choosing
baseball from the main menu. Weekly updates and complete statistics
can be obtained at www.athletics.indiana.edu all season long.
Head Coach Bob Morgan
Bob Morgan is in his 17th season at Indiana. He has posted a
612-340-3 record while with the Hoosiers and owns a career mark
of 904-428-5. He currently ranks in the top ten nationally amongst
active Division I coaches in career winning percentage and in
the top 20 in career victories. Furthermore, Morgan has never
suffered a losing season in this is 25th year as a collegiate
Indiana Drops a Pair in San Diego
The Hoosiers dropped a pair of games in San Diego as they fell
to host San Diego State 5-2 on Friday and dropped a 7-3 decision
against Oklahoma State on Saturday. The Hoosiers were scheduled
to face Kansas State on Sunday but the game was canceled due
Against San Diego State the Hoosiers battled back from a 4-0
deficit to cut the lead to 4-2 but that was as close as they
could get. Indiana was held to three hits. Zach McClellan worked
five innings and allowed two earned runs while striking out four.
Indiana jumped to a 2-0 lead on Oklahoma State, a team that advanced
to the College World Series last season and has appeared in the
last 19 NCAA tournament, but the Cowboys responded with a five-run
third inning en route to the victory. The Hoosiers had six hits
on the day led by Jason Williams 2-4 1 RBI performance. Brad
Edwards started and worked four innings allowing all of five
of his runs in the third. He struck out five and allowed four
Hoosiers Open Season With Victories
Indiana added two games to its schedule as it battled IUPUI and
IPFW to tune up prior to its trip to San Diego. The Hoosiers
posted a 10-1 win over IUPUI on February 12 at Sembower Field
and then defeated IPFW 7-6 on February 15.
Against IUPUI Rob Stastny connected a one-out solo home run in
the bottom of the fourth to break a 1-1 tie. Two batters later
Eric Blakeley drilled his first of two homers to give the Hoosiers
a 4-1 lead. Blakeley came back and hit a three-run shot in the
eighth inning as the Hoosiers scored four runs in their final
at bat. Blakeley finished the day with five RBI. Fred Graf posted
the victory on the hill.
Against IPFW Jason Williams connected on a one-out single in
the bottom of the ninth to drive in the winning run Indiana did
not own a lead until Blakeley crossed home plate with the game-winner.
Blakeley had reached base on a double, a double, that after an
IPFW miscue in the outfield, scored Blake St. Clair with the
tying run. Nick Vitielliss posted the victory on the hill.
On the Hill
Junior Junior David Ferris is expected to make the start for
the Hoosiers against Indiana Wesleyan. He was the scheduled starter
against Kansas State prior to the rainout. Ferris has worked
3.2 innings in relief this season and has not allowed a run on
just one hit. He has fanned five batters without walking anyone.
Opponents are hitting just .091 against the left-hander.
Perfect at Home
Indiana is a perfect 2-0 at home this season and has outscored
its opposition 17-7.
Williams with the Stick
Senior left fielder Jason Williams has been the Hoosier's most
consistent hitter in the early going. He his hitting .429 on
the season with a team-high six hits in 14 at bats.
Sitting Them Down
Indiana pitchers have struck out 32 batters in 36 innings of
work this season. They have walked just 13 for a strikeout to
walk ratio of 2.4.
Gold Glove Williams
Senior Jason Williams has not posted an error in his 109 career
games as a Hoosier.
St. Clair Perfect on the Paths
Junior outfielder Blake St. Clair was a perfect 14-for-14 in
stolen bases attempts last season and entering this year has
been successful in his last 15 attempts.
Still Looking for Answers
As the season began head Coach Bob Morgan felt catcher and first
base would be two positions in which the starting job would be
battled for by a number of different players. At this point the
Hoosiers have used three different catchers in Rob Stastny, Kevin
O'Brien and Eric Farley. Stastny has started twice while O'Brien
and Farley each have one start. At first base Morgan has used
Gibran Hamdan, Mark Minor and Joe Sadler. Hamdan and Minor have
each started twice.
Threesome Owns Half of Team's Hits
Indiana has collected 32 hits in its first four games. The threesome
of Jason Williams (6), Rob Stastny (5) and Eric Blakeley (5)
have combined for 16 of those hits. That same threesome has 10
of its team's 16 RBI this year.
Otte Ranks in Top Ten in 1999
Junior pitcher Nick Otte posted an 8-1 mark last year. His eight
wins tied him for seventh on the Indiana single season charts.
He owns a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.43 and is averaging just
over one strikeout per inning pitched.
Hoping the Trend Continues
Indiana has continually seen its team ERA drop over the last
two seasons. In 1998 the Hoosiers posted a team ERA of 6.16.
Last year Indiana was tops in the Big Ten with an ERA of 4.86.
The Hoosiers currently own a team ERA of 3.00.
Catcher Eric Farley was hit in the eye region off a bunt attempt
in batting practice in San Diego and suffered some swelling and
blood on the eye. He missed both games and is listed as day-to-day.
Under Morgan's Guidance
Not only has head coach Bob Morgan had success with wins and
losses, but he has also seen 23 former players or assistant coaches
move on from Indiana to coach at other collegiate and high school
Indiana travels to Middle Tennessee State this weekend for a
pair of games. The Hoosiers will play a single games on both
Saturday and Sunday.
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