IU Opens Season Friday at the Big Ten/Big East Challenge

    Go Hoosiers! Head Coach Tracy Smith Begins His Seventh Season as the IU Baseball skipper
    Go Hoosiers!
    Head Coach Tracy Smith Begins His Seventh Season as the IU Baseball skipper
    Go Hoosiers!

    Feb. 15, 2012

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The 2012 Indiana University Baseball season starts this Friday (Feb. 17) down in St. Petersburg, Fla., at the Fourth Annual Big Ten/Big East Challenge. The Hoosiers will face Connecticut, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh while down in the Sunshine State.

    Want to know about the Hoosier Baseball program heading into the 2012 season? Check out the recently-released 2012 IU Baseball Online Guide, jam-packed with photos, bios, stats, history and much, much more.

    The Big Ten/Big East Challenge started in 2009, with the Big Ten winning the inaugural event by winning 15 of 24 games played. The Big East has taken the past seasons, however by totals of 17-13 (2010) and 14-10 (2011). This year's Challenge features 10 teams from the Big Ten and nine teams from the Big East playing 30 games over three days to open the college baseball season from Feb. 17-19.

    Indiana is 3-3 all-time in the Challenge, going 2-1 in 2009, 1-2 the following season and not playing in the competition last year. The Hoosiers did face four Big East opponents during the 2011 season though, going 3-1 against the rival league. A two-run bomb by Alex Dickerson off of his former Team USA teammate Matt Barnes was IU's game-winner in a 3-1 victory over #14 UCONN; and Brian Korte's complete game shelved the Pitt Panthers, 9-2. In addition, the Hoosiers split a home-and-home series with Louisville.

    Once again, all Indiana Baseball games will have a live audio broadcast streamed on Click here to listen in to all the action.



    Hoosier second baseman Micah Johnson was named Third Team All-American by Baseball America. Johnson is the third different Hoosier to earn preseason All-America laurels in the past four seasons, including two-time honoree Alex Dickerson in 2010-11 and Josh Phegley in 2009.

    Baseball America also ranked Micah Johnson as the fifth-best pro prospect in the Big Ten Conference. Freshman Sam Travis got some love from the publication as well, slotted No. 3 in the "Big Ten Newcomers" rankings.

    Indiana Baseball has several social media options for fans this season:

    @HoosierBaseball - Head Coach Tracy Smith's personal account.
    @KKatIU - Game updates, random stats and team notes.

    Search "Indiana Hoosiers Baseball Team" to find the program's official Facebook page.


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