March 6, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
Indiana (3-6) will play its first mid-week games of the season with a pair of non-conference tilts at Louisville and Indiana State this Tuesday and Wednesday. The Hoosiers came away with one victory in a three-game set at East Tennessee State last weekend. The Cardinals (8-3) are currently ranked 14th in the nation after a solid start to the season. The Sycamores (6-3) have bounced back from an 0-3 start to win six-in-a-row.
The Hoosiers took one win in a three game series at East Tennessee State last weekend. Indiana was edged in a pair of one-run losses last Friday and Sunday and rode a six-run fifth inning to a 10-5 win on Saturday. Freshman Kyle Schwarber was impressive at the plate for the Hoosiers, batting .545 on the weekend with a pair of homeruns and six runs batted in.
Louisville took two of three from Pepperdine at home last weekend. The Cardinals have soared to 14th in the rankings behind an offense that has eight hitters batting .300 or better and a pitching staff with eight hurlers sporting a sub-four ERA.
Indiana State swept Eastern Kentucky in a three-game series played in Richmond, Ky. last weekend. The Sycamores were hot at the plate, putting up 34 runs on the weekend. Junior Robby Ort has led ISU through the early part of the season, batting .500 with three homeruns and 15 RBI in 10 games.
SUPPORT THE TORNADO RELIEF EFFORTS
The American Red Cross will be accepting monetary donations at Tuesday's in Louisville. The donations will be used towards the relief effort for those impacted by last week's tragic tornadoes in Indiana and Kentucky.
Seven Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles have been out in affected areas providing food and water to affected residents and emergency workers. Over 150 Red Cross workers are staffing shelters and are out in the field helping those in need. To date, the Red Cross has served more than 1,300 meals and snacks. The Red Cross will remain in the affected areas until all of the emergency needs are met.
Weekly Game Notes
ALL-TIME SERIES WITH LOUISVILLE AND INDIANA STATE
Indiana leads the all-time series against both Louisville and Indiana State, but the Cardinals are looking to tie things up on Tuesday. The Hoosiers hold a 19-18 advantage all-time versus Louisville, a series that dates back to 1937. The two teams split last season's home-and-home; each school winning on the road.
Wednesday's game will be the 95th meeting between the Sycamores and Hoosiers in a series that dates back to 1898. Indiana leads the all-time series by a 54-39-1 mark, including a pair of victories last season.
NO REST FOR THE WEARY
Tuesday starts a a stretch in which Indiana will play 10 games in 12 days. Throwing in the recently completed East Tennessee State series, and the Hoosiers will have ultimatley played 13 true road games in a 16-day span with one of the "off" days being spent in two plane rides traveling to California.
BACK TO BACK FREHSMAN OF THE WEEK
Kyle Schwarber was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Monday (Mar. 5); a week after teammate Chris Sujka was honored. Schwarber's offense was a bright spot in a tough weekend at the plate for the Hoosiers. The freshman catcher hit .545 (6-for-11) and slugged a staggering 1.273 with an OPS of 1.888 in a weekend series at East Tennessee State. Schwarber also belted a triple and two homeruns, including a grand slam that capped a six-run fifth inning in game two of the series.
Chris Sujka was named the Big Ten's Co-Freshman of the Week last Monday (Feb. 27), sharing the weekly award with Iowa's Sasha Kuebel. Sujka hit .500 (6-for-12) and slugged .917, combining for an OPS of 1.417 in three games at Tulane. The Oak Forest, Ill., native also drove in four runs, including a three-run homer on Saturday. It marked Sujka's second long-ball of the season; a rookie campaign that has seen him rack up 11 RBI through nine games.
FRESHMAN: HERE, THERE, EVERYWHERE
Exactly one half of Indiana's starters through nine games have been freshmen (45 of 90; counting pitchers). The Hoosier youth increases even more when including only position players in the batting order (no pitcher/DH), with 55.5% of starts coming from freshmen. In fact, there are no senior position players on the IU roster and just two senior pitchers. Indiana's offensive production has been fueled by rookie Hoosiers:
PERCENTAGE OF OVERALL TEAM PRODUCTION COMING FROM FRESHMEN
Homeruns: 86% (6 of 8)
Stolen Bases: 75% (6 of 8)
Runs Batted In: 71% (27 of 38)
Total Bases: 70% (78 of 111)
Runs Scored: 67% (30 of 45)
Hits: 64% (43 of 67)
Doubles: 64% (9 of 14)
Micah Johnson TO GO UNDER THE KNIFE; SEASON LIKELY OVER
Preseason All-American Micah Johnson's junior season is likely over after having surgery on Wednesday (March 7) to correct an elbow injury.