March 3, 2000
HOOSIERS TAKE TO THE ROAD
The Hoosiers (7-3) will travel to Murray State for a three-game
series on Saturday, March 4 and Sunday, March 5. Indiana will
battle the Thoroughbreds in a doubleheader on Saturday at noon
and then face them in a single game on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Murray State owns a record of 1-9 this season and is coming off
of a 26-10 loss to Illinois State on Wednesday. The Breds victory
this season came against Arkansas-Little Rock as they posted
an 8-3 win.
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
617-341-3 record while with the Hoosiers and owns a career mark
of 909-429-5. 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
In Morgan's Words
"We are riding a bit of a win streak and
will continue to get more at bats in to get better at the plate."
"We will continue look to build on our pitching staff this
weekend and try to extend some our pitchers into the later innings."
On the Hill
The Hoosiers are expected to send sophomore Brad Edwards to the
mound in game one on Saturday. The left-hander is 1-1 this season
with an 8.00 ERA. He has worked nine innings and has 11 strikeouts
and five walks.
Junior Zach McClellan is expected to start game two of the doubleheader.
The right-hander is 0-1 this season with a 4.85 ERA. He has worked
a total of 13 innings this season and has 11 strikeouts and four
Junior David Ferris is expected to get the start in the final
game of the series. The right-hander is 2-0 this season with
a 2.13 ERA. He leads the team with 19 strikeouts in 12.2 innings
Looking to Extend the Win Streak
Indiana has won its last four games with victories over Middle
Tennessee State (17-6), IU Southeast (8-2), IPFW (10-3) and Butler
(5-3). Last year the Hoosiers opened the season with a seven-game
Swinging a Big Stick
Indiana has collected 50 hits in its last four games and is hitting
.350 during its recent four-game win streak. The Hoosiers have
collected 10 or more hits in each of those wins. Prior to the
win streak Indiana had collected just 53 hits in 203 at bats
Middle Relief Spells Relief
The bullpen has been strong as of late. On Wednesday Fred Graf
came out of the pen and worked five innings of scoreless baseball
and struck out six to pick up the victory in relief. Indiana
relief pitchers have not allowed a run in their last 18 innings
of work. Over that 18-inning span relief pitchers have fanned
10 batters and allowed just 10 hits.
Berich on a Hot Streak
Senior designated hitter Rich Berich is riding a seven-game hit
streak and is hitting .300 (10-30) over that time span. He has
driven in at least one run in each of his last three games.
Haegele Heating Up
Junior third baseman Dan Haegele has collected at least two hits
in each of his last four games and is hitting .500 (8-16) during
the Hoosier win streak. He has driven in five runs over that
time span. Prior to his recent hot streak Haegele was 3-19 (.158)
on the season.
Williams/Blakeley Leading the Way
Senior Jason Williams and sophomore Eric Blakeley are leading
the team in hitting this seasonon. Blakeley is hitting .394 in
33 at bats while Williams is at .368 with 38 at bats. Williams
is seven of his last 17 (.412).
McNab Warming Up
Sophomore centerfielder Tim McNab started slowly but has collected
hits in each of his last four games hitting .308 (4-13) over
that time span. Prior to his recent streak he was hitting .063
Sitting Them Down
Indiana pitchers have struck out 89 batters in 89 innings of
work this season. They have walked 38 for a strikeout to walk
ratio of 2.34.
St. Clair Perfect on the Paths
Junior outfielder Blake St. Clair was a perfect 14-for-14 in
stolen bases attempts last season and has now been successful
in his last 16 attempts.
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 3.44.
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.
Randle El Playing His Role
Indiana quarterback and 2000 Heisman Trophy candidate Antwaan
Randle El has appeared in eight games this season, mostly as
a defensive replacement or pinch runner. He earned his first
start against DePauw and collected his first hit and RBI going
1-4 on the day. He has one hit in eight at bats this season and
is 2-2 in stolen base attempts.
Freshman pitcher Carrington Fisk is the nephew of Hall of Fame
catcher Carlton Fisk. Carrington made his collegiate debut against
IU Southeast and worked one scoreless inning and picked up a
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 seven games and is expected
to miss up to two more 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
Big Ten Season Opens March 24
Indiana will open its Big Ten season on March 24 at Penn State.
The Hoosiers will then host Michigan March 31, April 1 and April
2 in their first weekend homestand of the year.
The Hoosiers will travel to Xavier on Tuesday, March 7 before
heading to Homestead, Fla. where they will play seven games.
They return to Sembower Field on Tuesday, March 21 to face Defiance
at 3 p.m
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