INDIANA HOSTS XAVIER AND VALPARAISO
March 9, 1999INDIANA HOSTS XAVIER AND VALPARAISO
(8-1 Overall, 0-0 Big Ten)
THIS WEEK: The Hoosiers are back at Sembower Field for games with Xavier and Valparaiso before heading to Boca Raton, Florida for their spring break trip. The Xavier game is Tuesday at 3:00pm with the Valpo game getting under way Thursday at 3:00pm
THE OPPONENTS: The Musketeers come in at 5-6 following a 4-2 loss to Western Michigan last Friday. Shortstop Chris Kirby went 2-4 with a run scored and RF Matt Watson hit his second home run of the year in the loss. Senior OF Bill Fish leads the Musketeers with a .444 average, two home runs and eight RBI's. Lou Witte leads the pitching staff with a 2-0 record, 17 strikeouts in 20 innings pitched. Indiana did not play either Xavier or Valpo last year but did meet both teams in the 1997 season. The Hoosiers beat the Musketeers 11-2 while taking a doubleheader against the Crusaders (6-0, 8-6).
LAST WEEKEND: Indiana lost to Illinois 16-10 and beat Kentucky 7-2 in Lexington, Kentucky. In the Illinois game, the Hoosiers were scored on in the first inning for the first time all season as the Illini put up two runs in their half of the inning. The Hoosiers came right back as senior catcher Brandt Childs drilled a three-run home run to right center, giving IU a 3-2 lead. Illinois then tacked on six in the second, all with two outs, to take an 8-2 lead. Indiana took three back in their half of the second, but the Illini scored two more in the third as Indiana would get no closer than two runs. Senior RHP Chad Smith picked up his first loss of the year in a season low two inning effort. Against Kentucky, the Hoosiers scored right off the bat as Benji Clause opened the game with a single to leftfield and then advanced to third on a throwing error by Wildcat pitcher Ben Shaffar. With one out and the bases loaded, Chris Wilson grounded out to third but Clause scored on the out. Indiana led 1-0 until the seventh when DH John Wilson jacked a two-run home run off reliever Brad Edwards. Kentucky's 2-1 lead was short lived though, as Indiana exploded for four runs in the eighth. Clause was hit by a pitch to open the inning, stole second and third and scored on a wild pitch. With two outs, Childs walked and Chris Wilson reached on an error. Frank O'Connell brought Childs home with a single up the middle. O'Connell then tried to steal second but second baseman Austin Madison let the throw sail into center field, allowing Wilson to score and O'Connell to advance to third. Jason Williams singled to center, scoring O'Connell to give Indiana a 5-2 lead. The Hoosiers added two insurance runs in the ninth on Blake St. Clair's third home run of the season and with Ryan Schade scoring on a wild pitch after doubling to right center. RHP Jason Torres pitched six strong innings of four hit ball in his first start of the season but did not get the decision. Edwards earned his second win of the year, punching out six batters in three innings of relief.
LOOKING AHEAD: The Hoosiers head down to Boca Raton, Florida for their spring break trip. Indiana will play Iona (3/14, 3/16), Columbia (3/19,3/20), Princeton (3/19), and Cornell (3/20) at Florida International University; Marist (3/14) and Hartford (3/15) in Homestead and at Nova Southeastern (3/17).
Through their first nine games, the Hoosiers have been swinging the bats very well...IU is averaging more than 13 runs a contest while hitting .350 as a team...the Hoosiers waste no time getting to opposing pitchers as Indiana has outscored its opponents 29-2 in the first inning...Other big innings for Indiana include the 4th (22-3), 6th (17-6) and 8th (20-3)...the IU pitching staff holds a 3.43 ERA and opposing batters are hitting .256...After going 3-11 on the road last year, Indiana won its first road game of the year last weekend against Kentucky.
HOOSIER NOTES - INDIVIDUAL
At the Plate: Junior RF Doug DeVore leads Indiana with a .500 average, six home runs and 15 RBI's...he has five multi-hit games including a three home run performance against Indiana Wesleyan...he had a six game hitting streak snapped in the second game against Taylor...the Dublin,Ohio native also leads the team in on base percentage (.610) and slugging percentage (1.219)... sophomore LF Blake St. Clair is second on the team RBI's (12) and home runs (3)...St. Clair drilled a grand slam against Pittsburgh... sophomore DH Dan Haegele leads the Hoosiers in runs scored (14) and is third in hits (10)...he currently has a seven game hitting steak...senior C Brandt Childs drilled his second home run of the year against Illinois... Childs is third on the team in RBI's with 12...he also has five multiple RBI games this season...with hits in both games last weekend, SS Ryan Schade extended his hit steak to seven games...Schade and 2B Benji Clause turned three double plays on the weekend, upping their season total to four...Clause currently has a four game hitting streak in the works...senior 3B Frank O'Connell reached base in six of his 10 plate appearances over the weekend...O'Connell is currently hitting .417...CF Jason Williams has given Indiana consistent offensive production, hitting at a .467 clip...the senior from Carmel leads the Hoosiers in doubles (4), is second in hits (14) and fourth in RBI's with nine.
On the Mound: RHP Jason Torres has given Indiana quality innings so far...the senior from Chesterton, Indiana owns a 1.38 ERA and has opposing batters hitting .191 in four appearances...RHP Chad Smith is 2-1 on the year with 14 strikeoutsSmith lasted only two innings against Illinois, his shortest outing of the year...RHP Nick Otte moved to 2-0 on the year with three scoreless innings against TaylorOtte has tossed eight scoreless innings in three appearances...in five appearances, freshman LHP Brad Edwards has notched two wins and punched out 19 batters...he sent down eight batters against Taylor and in three innings of work against Kentucky, he mowed down six more.
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