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    HOOSIERS TAKE TO THE ROAD

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    Go Hoosiers!
    March 3, 2000

    HOOSIERS TAKE TO THE ROAD

    Game Data
    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.

    Competition
    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.

    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 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 head coach.

    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 walks.
    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 of work.

    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 win streak.

    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 (.261).

    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 (1-16).

    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.

    Good Bloodlines
    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 strikeout.

    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 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 baseball programs.

    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.

    Up Next
    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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