Baseball Takes On Morehead State, Kentucky
March 10, 2009
THE LAST TIME...
Jay Sorg is in his second year leading Morehead State. A former Eagle himself, Sorg led MSU to the Ohio Valley Conference Championship in 1993 and was named first team all-OVC in 1994. Drafted by Cincinatti in `94, Sorg bounced around professional baseball as a player and coach in the Reds organization before taking over at MSU. Kentucky is in its first year under new head coach Gary Henderson. Henderson had been the team's associate head coach for the previous five years, which include two NCAA tournament appearances. Prior to taking the job at UK, Henderson had primarily been an assistant coach, with his only other head coaching experience coming at Chapman University in California.
ALEX THE GREAT
After struggling in the season opener (0-for-5 with three Ks), Dickerson has rallied to go 17-for-40 (.425) since then with a .725 slugging percentage. The Poway, Calif., native leads the Hoosiers with three homers, 13 RBI and a .644 slugging average overall.
In the weekend finale of the Big Ten/BIG EAST Challenge, the burly lefthander busted out with three hits, including his first career home run, and four RBI to lead IU to a 9-7 win. With the Hoosiers up 3-0 in the fifth and Phegley on second, Dickerson crushed a 2-0 offering the other way, sending it over the wall in left center to push Indiana's lead to five runs.
Over the weekend at the Holiday Inn Eagle Invitational, Dickerson went just 4-for-13, but his hits were resounding, as he delivered a bases-clearing double against Georgia Southern and a solo homer against ECU - both of which brought the Hoosiers within striking distance of their opposition. He drove in five of IU's 16 runs on the weekend.
The Poway, Calif., native was named all-California his senior season and was drafted in the 48th round of the 2008 MLB Draft by the Washington Nationals.
EA IS IN THE GAME
In his season debut against Georgetown, Arnett allowed just four hits and two walks, striking out a career-high eight in a 12-4 victory. He did not allow a hit until the bottom of the third, when the Hoosiers had an 8-0 lead.
He followed that by one-upping himself in last Sunday's start against Cleveland State. In his seven innings, Arnett again topped his career high with nine Ks. This time, he allowed just three hits - two of them infield singles - and walked two in allowing only an unearned run in the win against the Vikings.
Against ECU this weekend, his stat line wasn't as pretty, but he pitched a gutsy performance, going a complete game to up his career-high strikeout total for the third time in a row, striking out 10. He limited the Pirates - a team with a .403 batting average entering the game - to just 10 hits and three earned runs. He leads the conference with 27 strikeouts in just 22 innings and has a strong 2.05 ERA.
Arnett did not have a typical offseason, as he tried out for and made the basketball team, and impressed Tom Crean instantly to earn a roster spot. He served as a key post player during practice for the first 2 1/2 months of the season. Due to scholarship limitations, he could not play in a game per NCAA rules, but practiced with the team until early January.
Sabourin is the only Hoosier to have registered a hit in all 10 games this season for Indiana, and his hitting streak runs to 11 games when including last season. In his 10 contests so far in 2009, eight have been for more than one hit, and he matched a season-high for Indiana when he delivered a four-hit game against Le Moyne on Sunday.
Sabourin went 8-for-12 at the Invitational, driving in two runs and adding three walks for a .733 on-base percentage. After starting the season hitting in the five hole, IU skipper Tracy Smith has moved him up to second in the lineup, where he went 6-for-9. Amazingly, of Sabourin's 22 hits - tied for most in the conference - 21 have been singles.
Monar, a High School All-American and a 26th-round selection of the New York Yankees, has been incredibly strong in his two starts - and his lone relief appearance - this season. His first start was a strong debut against USF in the Big Ten/BIG EAST Challenge, and his second - against Le Moyne on Sunday - was even more impressive, Monar scattered four hits and three walks, striking out six, in seven innings against the Dolphins.
The win over Le Moyne improved him to 2-0 on the season and dropped his ERA to 2.77 for the year. He and Eric Arnett are the only two regular pitchers who have allowed fewer than one hit per inning, and Monar's .208 batting average against is best on the team. Also, his 12 strikeouts to three walks has been impressive as well. The lone blemish on the stat sheet is his four hit batsmen - all against USF.
BACK IN BUSINESS
Just four days later, Schutz was on the court for IU, suiting up against Bemidji State, playing six minutes and scoring one point. He went on to play in six regular-season games for the Hoosiers on the court, and was the first man off the bench in IU's contest against nationally-ranked Wake Forest.
When January rolled around, Schutz got back to baseball, and just as he was getting back in the swing of things, he was diagnosed with appendicitis, which sidelined him for nearly three weeks. Now back in the starting lineup, Schutz hasn't missed a beat, going 6-for-20 (.300) with a pair of doubles in his five games. The redshirt sophomore led all Big Ten freshmen with six home runs and finished behind only teammate Jerrud Sabourin with 48 RBI. Schutz is expected to hit fifth for IU for all of this season.
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