Feb. 28, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
Indiana Baseball is one of seven teams competing in the 14th Annual Caravelle Resort's Baseball at the Beach weekend. The Hoosiers are set to face West Virginia (3-4), host school Coastal Carolina (3-3) and UMBC (0-0). San Diego, Florida Atlantic and #10 North Carolina State are also participating in the event.
Live audio broadcasts and GameTracker stats will be available for each IU game free of charge. In addition, the Big South Network is offering a live video stream of Saturday's contest between IU and Coastal Carolina (subscription fee).
PROBABLE PITCHING ROTATIONS
Friday vs. West Virginia - So., LHP Kyle Hart (1-0, 2.45) vs. So., LHP Harrison Musgrave (1-0, 4.50) GameTracker Live Stats
Saturday vs. Coastal Carolina - Jr., LHP Joey DeNato (0-1. 3.00) vs. So., LHP Ben Smith (0-0, 1.93) GameTracker Live Stats
Sunday vs. UMBC - TBD vs. Fr., RHP Riley Stephenson (0-0, 0.00) Game Tracker Live Stats
All games will be played at TicketReturn.com Field, home of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. The Pelicans are the advanced-A squad for the Texas Rangers.
HOPEFULLY HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF
EARLY SEASON POWER SURGE
Indiana has won four of five match-ups all-time versus this weekend's field, the lone defeat coming in 2009 to West Virginia. The Hoosiers won the other meeting with WVU, 10-8, in 2010. The most recent match-up came just two seasons ago when IU out-lasted Coastal Carolina in a 16-inning, 2-1 victory in Myrtle Beach. UMBC has been defeated twice by the Cream and Crimson (1988 & 2010).
Offensive power numbers are up through five games compared to the same time span a season ago. The Hoosiers are slugging 72 percentage points higher (.424/.352 in 2012) and have clubbed three more doubles (one more homerun) through the first five games in 2013.
It's no secret defense was Indiana's Achilles heal in 2012, ranking last in the Big Ten with a .955 fielding efficiency for the season. Through two weekends in 2013, solid improvement can be seen. The Hoosiers head to Myrtle Beach owners of a .971 fielding clip, 16 percentage points higher.
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 marked 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. The digital network, BTDN will also stream 16 IU games (eight at home; eight on the road) for a total of 19 BTN-quality productions.
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.