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    Hoosiers Head to the Peach State

    Go Hoosiers! Redshirt sophomoe Aaron Slegers
    Go Hoosiers!
    Redshirt sophomoe Aaron Slegers
    Go Hoosiers!

    Feb. 21, 2013

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana University baseball team (2-1) travels to Statesboro, Ga., this weekend for a three-game series at Georgia Southern University. The Eagles (3-1) came north last season for a series in Bloomington.

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    PROBABLE PITCHING MATCH-UPS
    Friday - Jr., LHP Joey DeNato (0-0, 0.00) vs. Sr., RHP Justin Hess (0-1, 15.00)
    Saturday - r-So., RHP Aaron Slegers (0-0, 3.00) vs. So., LHP Sam Howard (1-0, 0.00)
    Sunday - So., LHP Kyle Hart (0-0, 1.29) vs. Fr., LHP Jason Richman (1-0, 1.69)

    ALL-TIME SERIES INFO
    Indiana has won three of five previous games between the two institutions, including a series victory in Bloomington last season. The Hoosiers and Eagles also split contest played in 2007 (IU won) and 2009 (GSU won) on neutral grounds.

    EAGLES SOARING HIGH
    Georgia Southern enters the weekend at 3-1 with all victories coming over nationally-ranked opponents. The Eagles started the season by taking a home series over #29 Georgia before hitting the road for a mid-week win at #13 Florida in 12 innings on Wednesday.

    TRAVIS, BELL EARN BIG TEN WEEKLY HONORS
    Sam Travis and Evan Bell were named the Big Ten's Player of the Week and Co-Freshman of the Week after the opening weekend of the season. It marks Travis' third career Player of the Week recognition, taking the award twice as a freshman (also named Freshman of the Week three times).

     

     

    *Indiana dominated the conference's weekly awards in 2012, placing a Hoosier on the list 12 times in 14 weeks. Purdue was second-best with 11 honorees, a far distance from the next tier, Michigan State and Illinois at five selections apiece.

    EARLY ENTRY INTO THE RECORD BOOKS
    Sam Travis waited little time etching his name into the IU record books this season. When clubbing three doubles against USF on Sunday, he became just the fifth Hoosiers to do so in school history and the first since Josh Lyon cranked a trio of two-baggers versus Iowa in 2010.

    OFFENSIVE FIREPOWER IS RESTORED
    IU returns a large percentage of its offensive production from a year ago as 92% of homeruns, 88% of RBI, 85% of doubles and stolen bases, and 77% of triples from last season came from players returning for 2013.

    HIGH EXPECTATIONS FOR HOOSIERS
    Four different entities have tabbed Indiana as the preseason favorites in the Big Ten, including the conference's head coaches in the preseason coaches poll. National media groups picking the Hoosiers include Baseball America, Perfect Game and CollegeBaseballInsider.com. Included in CBI.com's prognostications were league superlatives. Sophomore Sam Travis was named the Big Ten's "hitter you least want to face" and was one of three players voted as "the best pure hitters" and "biggest power threats" in the Big Ten Conference.

    BIG-TIME COVERAGE ON THE BIG TEN NETWORK
    Indiana will have at least three games broadcast nationally on the Big Ten Network with the opportunity of being chosen for four `wild card' games towards the end of the regular season. The Hoosiers games versus Penn State (Mar. 24) and Louisville (Mar. 26) and at Nebraska (May 4) are set for BTN showings. Also, highlights and coverage of Big Ten baseball and softball will be featured on the Diamond Report, which airs Sunday nights during the season beginning in April. Hosts Rick Pizzo, Mike Hall and various analysts will discuss Big Ten matchups and breakout performances from the weekend's games.

    SOCIAL MEDIA OPTIONS
    Indiana Baseball ha several social media avenues, including the official team Twitter page: @IUBaseballNews. Head Coach Tracy Smith has joined the Twitterverse as well and can be followed @HoosierBaseball. Facebook users can search "Indiana Hoosiers Baseball Team" locate the program's official Facebook page.

    SKIP'S SCOOP RETURNS FOR THIS SEASON
    Get access to the IU Baseball program like no other team in the country by viewing Skip's Scoop each and every week throughout the 2013 season. `The Scoop' is an interactive video show hosted by Head Coach Tracy Smith posted early each week on IUHoosiers.com that features program updates, student-athlete profiles, and much, much more.

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