Hoosier Baseball Set to Open Season at No. 34 LSU
Feb. 21, 2008
The Indiana baseball team opens its 2008 campaign with a three-game series at Southeastern Conference foe LSU. The Hoosiers finished 19-35 in 2007 with one of the youngest rosters in the nation, as 19 freshmen and six sophomores took the field for Indiana last season. IU returns six starters in the field and nine of its 12 pitchers from last season.
The Tigers are ranked 34th in the nation after posting a 29-26-1 record in 2007 and finishing fifth in the SEC's West division.
Paul Mainieri is in his second season at the helm of LSU after spending 12 seasons with Notre Dame. The LSU alum is in his 26th year as a collegiate head coach and is 893-518-5 in his career.
HOOSIERS VS. THE SEC
SCOUTING THE TIGERS
After bringing in one of the top recruiting classes in the nation, LSU enters the 2008 season ranked 34th in the nation by Baseball America. LSU returns 18 letterwinners a season ago, led by 2007 Freshman All-SEC selections Blake Dean and Sean Ochinko and 2006 All-SEC Second Teamer Michael Hollander. On the mound, Golden Spikes Watch List selection Jared Bradford (10-4, 4.41 ERA in 2007) leads the way, with junior college transfer Jordan Brown and southpaw Ryan Byrd providing strong support.
INDIANA ASSEMBLES STRONG 2008 SLATE
In non-conference action, eight of Indiana's first 12 games will pit them against teams with winning records in 2007, including NCAA participants Austin Peay and Fresno State. Over spring break, IU will take on a tough field at Fresno State's Pepsi JohnnyQuik Invitational, as the Bulldogs and Hoosiers will be joined by Gonzaga, New Mexico State, Utah and Portland. Indiana also has conference series against NCAA squads Michigan and Minnesota and will play a pair of games with College World Series participant Louisville.
READY, SET, GO!
HOOSIER BASEBALL AUDIO AVAILABLE ON INTERNET
"This is a great opportunity for our program," head coach Tracy Smith said. "We are building a baseball culture here in Bloomington and allowing our fans in Indiana and around the country to listen to Indiana Baseball is a big part of that."
Fans can access the audio broadcasts by going to the baseball page and clicking here and choosing the game from the schedule. All times are Eastern on the broadcast schedule and are subject to change. The broadcasts are streamed through Stretch Internet.
Assistant Director of Athletics Media Relations Matt Brady will be call the action for all road games, while Adam Spolane will handle play-by-play duties for home contests. Broadcasts will start approximately 10 minutes prior to first pitch.
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