Hoosier Baseball Season Officially Begins on Friday
Feb. 16, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana University baseball team opens the 2011 season this weekend (Feb. 18-20) by playing three games at the Caravelle Resort Invitational in Myrtle Beach, S.C. This marks the sixth year of the Tracy Smith Era and the 116th season of IU Baseball.
There is no easing into to things to get this season started, as the opening-weekend opposition (Virginia Tech, Boston College and Coastal Carolina) combined for 125 wins last season. Virginia Tech and Coastal Carolina each qualified for the NCAA Tournament, with the Chanticleers advancing to the Super Regionals.
Indiana will face the Hokies of Virgina Tech on Fri., Apr. 18 at Charles Watson Stadium. The Hoosiers then take on Boston College inside BB&T Stadium, home of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans minor league baseball team, for a 5 pm Saturday afternoon showdown. Indiana is then slated to wrap up the trip by facing host school and 20th-ranked Coastal Carolina in anotherm noon game held at Charles Watson Stadium.
Can't make the trip to South Carolina to watch the Hoosiers? No worries, as IUHoosiers.com has you covered. Check out the official website of IU Athletics for a live audio broadcasts and GameTracker live stats of all three games. Jeremy Gray will be on the audio call.
Indiana is expected to send three lefties to the mounds as starters, in this order: Drew Leininger, Joey DeNato and Blake Monar. The Hoosiers will see plenty of southpaw tosses coming their way as well with all three foes listing left-handed starters on the probables against IU (Joe Mantiply, Virginia Tech; Nate Bayuk, Boston College; and Birmingham/del Pino, Coastal Carolina).
Individually, Alex Dickerson, Drew Leininger and Jerrud Sabourin have all received some preseason love from several sources. In addition to being named a preseason All-American by nearly every publication, Dickerson also made a clean sweep of all hitting superlatives voted on by nine of the league's 10 coaches in a CollegeBaseballInsider.com survey. In that same survey, Leininger was tabbed as one of the Big Ten's "Top Three Starting Pitchers" and while Sabourin came in right behind Dickerson as the conference's second-best "Pure Hitter."
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"He's going to have to make the cerebral change of moving from third to second, but he has the skill set to do that at this level, and also the next level," said Head Coach Tracy Smith before the season.
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