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    HOOSIERS RETURN HOME TO FACE INDIANA WESLEYAN

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    Go Hoosiers!
    February 21 2000

    HOOSIERS RETURN HOME TO FACE INDIANA WESLEYAN

    Game Data
    The Hoosiers (2-2) returns home from San Diego to face Indiana Wesleyan at Sembower Field on Tuesday, February 22 at 2 p.m.

    Competition
    The Indiana Wesleyan Wildcats will open their 2000 campaign when they face the Hoosiers.

    Game Results
    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 head coach.

    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 to rain.
    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 hits.

    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.

    Injury Update
    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 baseball programs.

    Up Next
    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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