Hoosiers Head to Classic
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Following its season-opening 5-0 victory over DePauw, the Indiana baseball team heads to Millington, Tenn., for three games in the Service Academies Classic. The Hoosiers will battle Indiana State (0-0) at 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 25, to open the Classic.
In its second game, IU will face Memphis (0-0) at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 26. Indiana will cap off the Classic against Navy at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 27.
On Tuesday, the Cream & Crimson improved to 22-0 in home season openers under head coach Bob Morgan with its win over DePauw. Six Hoosier pitchers combined for the shutout with sophomore Matt Saba picking up the victory with two shutout innings. The Indiana pitching staff combined for 14 strikeouts in nine innings, allowing only four hits. Junior Adam Poole pitched the opening two innings, allowing only one hit and striking out three of the seven batters he faced.
Sophomore Joe Trucchio pitched a pair of innings with two punch-outs, while freshman Brad Davidson, senior Steve Nielsen and senior Joe Kemp combined to pitch the final three innings for the Hoosiers. Trucchio, Saba, Davidson and Nielsen each struck out two batters during their work, while Kemp added three Ks.
Junior first baseman Ryan Parker led the way for the Hoosiers, going 3-for-3 with two doubles, a triple, a run scored and two RBI. Sophomore designated hitter Josh Richardson and junior second baseman Jay Brant added two singles apiece in the victory. Kemp, junior left fielder Zach Boswell and senior third baseman Corby Heckman each added RBI in the victory.
After this weekend's Classic, the Cream and Crimson return home for a match up against Butler on Wednesday, March 2. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. at Sembower Field.
Sizing Up The Competition
Indiana opens the Service Academies Classic against a familiar foe, Indiana State. In the overall series, IU holds a 38-32 advantage. Last year's meeting between the teams was canceled due to inclement weather, marking the first time since 1987 the clubs did not meet.
After battling ISU, the Hoosiers face off against the Memphis Tigers for the first time in the program's history before taking on the Naval Academy. Indiana leads the overall series, 2-0, against the Midshipmen following last season's 5-4 victory at the Classic. Senior Corby Heckman drove in the winning run in the 11th inning to secure the win.
Six Hoosier pitchers combined to shutout DePauw in IU's season opener on Feb. 22. Sophomore Matt Saba picked up the victory with two shutout innings. The Indiana pitching staff combined for 14 strikeouts in nine innings, allowing only four hits. Junior Adam Poole pitched the opening two innings, allowing just one hit and striking out three of the seven batters he faced.
Sophomore Joe Trucchio pitched a pair of innings with two punch-outs, while freshman Brad Davidson, seniors Steve Nielsen and Joe Kemp combined to pitch the final three innings for the Hoosiers. Trucchio, Saba, Davidson and Nielsen each struck out two batters during their work, while Kemp added three Ks.
Shutting The Door
The Hoosiers' 5-0 shutout victory over DePauw was the first for Indiana since a 4-0 victory on March 4 of last season at Butler. It also was IU's first season-opening shutout since a 6-0 win against Findlay on Feb. 28, 2003, and first home season-opening shutout since Feb. 18, 2002, a 15-0 victory over Taylor.
Morgan In Openers
IU head coach Bob Morgan has built an impressive resume in his 22 seasons at Indiana. Along with ranking 11th among active Division I coaches with 1,045 career victories, Morgan has never lost a home opener, and 2005 was no different. The Hoosiers downed DePauw, 5-0, giving Morgan his 22nd consecutive victory to open the Sembower Field season. Morgan also improved his record in regular-season openers to 15-7.
Four newcomers received their first starts in a Hoosier uniform against DePauw. Freshman Jon Fixler started behind the plate with junior Zach Boswell getting the call in left and freshman Tyler Cox getting the nod at shortstop. Junior Adam Poole took the mound for the season opener.
Along with the starters, sophomore Joe Trucchio and freshman Brad Davidson were used in relief, while freshman Arden McWilliams was brought in as a pinch runner and freshman David Trager was a defensive replacement.
Kemp Streaking Along
With an RBI-single in Indiana's season opener against DePauw, senior Joe Kemp extended his hitting streak - carried over from 2004 - to eight games. The Bowie, Md., native finished 2004 with a .317 batting average along with seven home runs, a team-leading 16 doubles and four triples, and 35 RBI.
Return To The Mound
For the first time since his sophomore season in 2002, Joe Kemp toed the rubber in a regular-season game. The fifth-year senior closed out IU's 5-0 season-opening victory over DePauw with a scoreless ninth inning. Kemp struck out three of the four batters he faced, walking one.
Some New, Some Old
Despite losing nine letterwinners, including three players to the pros, the 2005 Indiana baseball team is a mix of youth and experience. Seventeen letterwinners return led by right fielder Joe Kemp, center fielder Reggie Watson, and infielders Jay Brant, Corby Heckman and Ryan Parker. All five were starters on last season's ballclub and will attempt to lift the Hoosiers back into the upper echelon of the Big Ten.
Along with the returning players, Indiana will enjoy a youth movement. Fifteen new faces will join the Hoosiers with six pitchers, three catchers, four infielders and two outfielders added into the mix.
Coaching Staff Update
The players are not the only new look to this Hoosier team, an entirely revamped staff has been added by head coach Bob Morgan. Clay Eason arrives from North Carolina State, where he was director of baseball operations, and primarily works with the pitchers. Eason was an All-American pitcher at N.C. State and was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1997.
Chris Moore is in his third season at IU and his first season as assistant coach. Moore serves as the team's hitting coach. Prior to being named an assistant, Moore spent two seasons as IU's volunteer assistant coach.
Replacing Moore as volunteer assistant is Ted Tom. Tom oversees the outfielders and will coach first base. He just completed his playing career at Shawnee State University.
Hoosiers Name Tri-Captains
Joe Kemp, Corby Heckman and Reggie Watson have been named tri-captains for this year's team. Kemp is a senior right fielder that also will see action as the team's closer. Heckman, a senior, will start the season at third base after seeing time at first and second base last year. Watson is a junior center fielder who started 52 of 53 games last season.
McFarland's Daily Double
In addition to his duties on the baseball diamond, sophomore Graeme McFarland has returned to the IU football team. After leaving the team in 2004, McFarland will attend spring practice and play under new head coach Terry Hoeppner along with fulfilling his duties as a pitcher with the baseball team. McFarland appeared in a pair of football games in 2003, throwing for 152 yards in his only career start at Minnesota.
Same Faces, New Places
A pair of veterans will see playing time at new positions this year. After receiving action at first and second base his first three seasons, senior Corby Heckman will move to the hot corner and start the season as IU's third baseman.
In addition to patrolling right field, senior Joe Kemp will return to the mound for the first time since his sophomore season and serve as the team's closer. Kemp fired 15 2/3 innings as a freshman and made one appearance, picking up a victory, on the mound as a sophomore.
Three Hoosiers Selected All-Big Ten
Three Indiana Hoosiers were selected to the 2004 All-Big Ten team. Senior shortstop Seth Bynum (first team), senior left fielder Kevin Mahar (second team) and sophomore center fielder Reggie Watson (third team) were honored for their outstanding play.
Bynum ranked in the top 10 among Big Ten players in nearly every offensive category in 2004 on his way to becoming the lone Hoosier to earn first team honors. Mahar was awarded second team accolades after leading all conference hitters with 14 home runs and a .652 slugging percentage. Watson was one of three outfielders on the All-Big Ten third team in just his first season as a starter at Indiana.
Parker Tabbed Academic All-American
Indiana sophomore Ryan Parker was named to the Academic All-America second team, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced on June 1. This came on the heels of Parker's selection to the CoSIDA Academic All-District V team. He was the designated hitter on the 11-man team. Parker became the second IU baseball player ever to earn CoSIDA Academic All-America honors, joining Joe Hillman, who collected first team honors in 1988.
Five Hoosiers Earn Academic Honor
In 2004, five Hoosiers were selected to the Academic All-Big Ten team. Indiana's Academic All-Big Ten team was comprised of senior David Hughes, juniors Jay Brant, Ryan Parker and Dan Pezley, and sophomore Bobby Segal.
Hoosiers In The Pros
A pair of Indiana baseball players were selected on the second day of the 2004 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft. Cody Wargo was drafted in the 27th round by the Baltimore Orioles and Joe Kemp went to the Texas Rangers in the 42nd round. Seth Bynum and Kevin Mahar signed with the Montreal Expos and the Texas Rangers, respectively, prior to the draft.
Entering The Record Book
There were several additions to the Indiana baseball record book in 2004. Below is a look at some of the achievements:
Reggie Watson's 15 stolen bases in Big Ten play put him in a tie for third place place in school history for stolen bases in a league season.
Seth Bynum's 30 RBI in Big Ten games ranked second in school history on the conference season chart. Additionally, his 17 extra-base hits in Big Ten games ranked third, his 73 total bases ranked fourth and his 26 runs scored ranked fifth in IU history for a conference season. Bynum also moved into a tie for seventh place all-time with 65 RBI in 2004.
Indiana's 57 home runs during the 2004 season tied for the fifth-most in a season in school history. The team matched the 57 dingers hit by the 1996 Hoosiers.
Kevin Mahar's 14 home runs in 2004 ranked tied for eighth on the single-season home run chart in the IU record book (Mike Sabo, 1988).
Moving Up The Career Charts
After only two seasons, Reggie Watson is already in the top 20 in Indiana history with 34 career stolen bases. Watson was a perfect 9-for-9 in a limited role as a redshirt freshman in 2003. In 2004, the Cincinnati product swiped 25 bases to bring his career total to 34, which puts him in 18th place on the IU career charts. His 25 stolen bases overall and 15 in conference play also were the most of any player in the Big Ten in 2004.
Along with Watson, Joe Kemp moved into the school's top 20 in triples (tied for 12th with nine), slugging percentage (18th at .488) and extra base hits (tied for 19th with 53). Corby Heckman is tied for 16th on the all-time list with a .489 slugging percentage.
Big Ten Leaders
Seth Bynum closed out his Hoosier career with a monster senior season. Bynum ranked second in the Big Ten in batting average (.387), slugging percentage (.674), RBI (65), runs scored (54) and total bases (132). The Louisville native also sat in the top 10 in seven other offensive categories.
Joining Bynum with an impressive 2004 campaign, senior Kevin Mahar led the league with 14 home runs and a .652 slugging percentage, while Reggie Watson led the league with 25 stolen bases. Mahar also was tied for fourth with 52 RBI and sixth with 120 total bases. In addition, Joe Kemp tied for fourth in the conference with four triples and was ninth with a .537 slugging percentage.
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