Feb. 22, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
Hoosier Baseball (2-1) will take travel to New Orleans to take on perennial-contender Tulane (4-1) in a weekend series starting Friday at 7:30 pm. IU is coming off a successful weekend in Florida at the Big Ten/Big East Challenge. The team took two of three in helping the Big Ten to a 15-15 split in the annual showcase. Tulane already has five games under its belt, taking a four-game series sweep against Siena over the weekend before dropping a mid-week game at UL-Monroe on Tuesday. GameTracker live stats and live audio will be available on IUHoosiers.com for all three games.
In addition, Tulane Athletics streams their baseball games online. Click here to access the Tulane All-Access page (fees may apply).
Friday, February 24 - 7:30 pm EST
LHP Joey DeNato (1-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Randy LeBlanc (0-0, 5.40)
Saturday, February 25 - 3 pm EST
RHP Chad Martin (0-0, 10.80) vs. RHP Tyler Mapes (0-0, 2.70)
Sunday, February 26 - 2 pm EST
TBD vs. RHP Alex Massey (1-0, 0.00)
After being shutout in the season opener against Connecticut, IU put up 19 runs in the final two games in Florida. Freshman Chris Sujka led the charge at the plate, driving in six runs in three games. Sophomore Joey DeNato also turned in a solid performance for Indiana on the mound, blanking Cincinnati over six innings of four-hit ball.
Down in Lousiana, Tulane was impressive at the plate. The Green Wave smashed 40 hits and drove in 26 runs over the team's four-game series against Siena. Senior Nick Schneeberger led the team in hits with nine on the week. Meanwhile, Tulane pitchers held opposing batters to a .220 batting average against for the week.
TULANE BASEBALL ... A RICH TRADITION
The Green Wave baseball program, which plays its home games in 5,000-seat Turchin Stadium, has twice advanced to the College World Series since 2000. In total, Tulane has accumulated 19 NCAA Tournament appearances in school history.
Weekend Game Notes
JOHNSON TABBED AS PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN
Junior Micah Johnson was named to Baseball America's preseason Third Team All-America squad. 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; and the only Big Ten player to do so in 2012.
MORE HOOSIER LOVE FROM BASEBALL AMERICA
Baseball America also ranked Micah Johnson as the fifth-best pro prospect in the Big Ten Conference. Freshman Sam Travis was recognized in the publication as well, slotted No. 3 in the "Big Ten Newcomers" rankings.
SOCIAL MEDIA OPTIONS FOR IU BASEBALL
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.
@jfgray - Radio broadcaster for baseball/Assistant Athletics Director
Search "Indiana Hoosiers Baseball Team" to find the program's official Facebook page.
HOOSIERS ON THE BIG TEN NETWORK
The Big Ten Network's spring broadcast schedule was released last week, and at least three Indiana baseball games will be aired nationally on the network. In addition, there is a wild card game during the last weekend fo the regular season and the BTN.com live streaming schedule will be finalized soon.
The Hoosiers' games on BTN include:
Friday, Apr. 27 - Indiana at Michigan
Sunday, May 6 - Nebraska at Indiana
Sunday, May 13 - Indiana at Northwestern
COMING 2013: BART KAUFMAN FIELD
In August 2011, the IU Board of Trustees approved construction of a new baseball and softball complex to be located on the north edge of the IU Bloomington athletics campus. The baseball be field will be named Bart Kaufman Field in honor of a major gift to IU Athletics from Bart Kaufman, a former IU baseball student-athlete.
Highlights of the new stadium include new locker rooms and dugouts, indoor/outdoor hitting cages, a turf field, a press box, a scoreboard, a lighting and sound system, and hospitality suites. The complex will also feature ample parking, an entry plaza, a picnic area, concessions and restrooms for fans. Construction of the $19.8 million complex is expected to begin in spring 2012 with completion scheduled in time for the 2013 season.
With over 20,000 views in 2011, Skip's Scoop has become a YouTube sensation. No baseball team in the country gives its fans, family, friends and alumni more access and the true inside look into its program like Indiana Baseball. Head Coach Tracy Smith is the host of Skip's Scoop, a weekly show aired on IUHoosiers.com. `The Scoop' is not your ordinary coaches show, mixing thoughts on the season with a bit of humor and fun to make an entertaining weekly episode.