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    HOOSIERS TAKE TO THE ROAD

    Go Hoosiers!
    Go Hoosiers!

    Go Hoosiers!
    February 24, 2000

    HOOSIERS TAKE TO THE ROAD

    Game Data
    The Hoosiers (3-2) will travel to Middle Tennessee State for a pair of games this weekend. The two teams will hook up on Saturday, February 26 at 2 p.m. and then again on Sunday, February 27 at 2 p.m.

    Competition
    The Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders are 0-3 on the season as they were swept last weekend by SE Louisiana (6-1, 5-4, 10-5).

    Game Results
    Complete game results will be made available on the web at www.athletics.indiana.edu following the event. They can be viewed and printed out by choosing baseball from the main menu. Weekly updates and complete statistics can be obtained at www.athletics.indiana.edu all season long.

    Head Coach Bob Morgan
    Bob Morgan is in his 17th season at Indiana. He has posted a 613-340-3 record while with the Hoosiers and owns a career mark of 905-428-5. He currently ranks in the top ten nationally amongst active Division I coaches in career winning percentage and in the top 20 in career victories. Furthermore, Morgan has never suffered a losing season in this is 25th year as a collegiate head coach.

    Hoosiers Use Strong Pitching
    Indiana pitchers fanned 18 hitters as the Hoosiers defeated Indiana Wesleyan 11-2 on Tuesday. The Indiana bats provided 11 hits as the Hoosiers scored runs in six different innings. Blake St. Clair and Kevin O'Brien each connected on solo home runs in the third inning and Dan Haegle provided a two-run double in the fourth. Haegele reached base three time with two walks. Rich Berich (2-4, 1RBI) and St. Clair (2-3, 2 RBI) each collected a pair of hits for the Hoosiers.

    On the Hill
    Junior Zach McClellan is expected to start on Saturday. The right-hander is 0-1 this season with a 2.25 ERA. He worked four innings against San Diego State and allowed five hits. He has worked a total of eight innings this season and has seven strikeouts while the opposition is hitting .276 against him.
    The Hoosiers are expected to send sophomore Brad Edwards to the mound on Sunday. The left-hander is 0-1 this season with an 11.25 ERA. He worked four innings against Oklahoma State and allowed five runs. He fanned five and the Cowboys hit .250 against him on the afternoon.

    On the Road
    The Hoosiers are 0-2 this season on the road. They will look to improve on their team batting average of .141 away from Sembower Field.

    Ferris Posts Career Best
    David Ferris started and earned the victory against Indiana Wesleyan. He worked four innings and faced a total of 15 batters, 10 of which he struck out, to post a new career high in strike outs. Ferris has now fanned 15 batters in just 7.2 innings of work this season.

    Williams with the Stick
    Senior left fielder Jason Williams has been the Hoosier's most consistent hitter in the early going. He his hitting .375 on the season with a team-high six hits in 16 at bats.

    Sitting Them Down
    Indiana pitchers have struck out 50 batters in 45 innings of work this season. They have walked just 16 for a strikeout to walk ratio of 3.125.

    Gold Glove Williams
    Senior Jason Williams has not posted an error in his 110 career games as a Hoosier.

    St. Clair Perfect on the Paths
    Junior outfielder Blake St. Clair was a perfect 14-for-14 in stolen bases attempts last season and entering this year has been successful in his last 15 attempts.

    Still Looking for Answers
    As the season began head Coach Bob Morgan felt catcher and first base would be two positions in which the starting job would be battled for by a number of different players. At this point the Hoosiers have used three different catchers in Rob Stastny, Kevin O'Brien and Eric Farley. Stastny and O'Brien have started twice while Farley (see injury report) has started once. At first base Morgan has used Gibran Hamdan, Mark Minor, Joe Sadler and Michael Woodside. Hamdan and Minor have each started twice while Woodside has made one start.

    Hoping the Trend Continues
    Indiana has continually seen its team ERA drop over the last two seasons. In 1998 the Hoosiers posted a team ERA of 6.16. Last year Indiana was tops in the Big Ten with an ERA of 4.86. The Hoosiers currently own a team ERA of 2.80.

    Injury Update
    Catcher Eric Farley was hit in the eye region off a bunt attempt in batting practice in San Diego and suffered some swelling and blood on the eye. He has missed the last three games and is expected to miss up to three weeks of action.

    Under Morgan's Guidance
    Not only has head coach Bob Morgan had success with wins and losses, but he has also seen 23 former players or assistant coaches move on from Indiana to coach at other collegiate and high school baseball programs.

    Indiana Drops a Pair in San Diego
    The Hoosiers dropped a pair of games in San Diego as they fell to host San Diego State 5-2 on Friday and dropped a 7-3 decision against Oklahoma State on Saturday. The Hoosiers were scheduled to face Kansas State on Sunday but the game was canceled due to rain.
    Against San Diego State the Hoosiers battled back from a 4-0 deficit to cut the lead to 4-2 but that was as close as they could get. Indiana was held to three hits. Zach McClellan worked five innings and allowed two earned runs while striking out four.
    Indiana jumped to a 2-0 lead on Oklahoma State, a team that advanced to the College World Series last season and has appeared in the last 19 NCAA tournament, but the Cowboys responded with a five-run third inning en route to the victory. The Hoosiers had six hits on the day led by Jason Williams 2-4 1 RBI performance. Brad Edwards started and worked four innings allowing all of five of his runs in the third. He struck out five and allowed four hits.

    Hoosiers Open Season With Victories
    Indiana added two games to its schedule as it battled IUPUI and IPFW to tune up prior to its trip to San Diego. The Hoosiers posted a 10-1 win over IUPUI on February 12 at Sembower Field and then defeated IPFW 7-6 on February 15.
    Against IUPUI Rob Stastny connected a one-out solo home run in the bottom of the fourth to break a 1-1 tie. Two batters later Eric Blakeley drilled his first of two homers to give the Hoosiers a 4-1 lead. Blakeley came back and hit a three-run shot in the eighth inning as the Hoosiers scored four runs in their final at bat. Blakeley finished the day with five RBI. Fred Graf posted the victory on the hill.
    Against IPFW Jason Williams connected on a one-out single in the bottom of the ninth to drive in the winning run Indiana did not own a lead until Blakeley crossed home plate with the game-winner. Blakeley had reached base on a double, a double, that after an IPFW miscue in the outfield, scored Blake St. Clair with the tying run. Nick Vitielliss posted the victory on the hill.

    Up Next
    The Hoosiers have a three-game homestand next week as they play host to IU Souteast, Depauw and Butler on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

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