March 10, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Sunshine, temperatures in the mid 60s, $1 hot dogs and a top-25 match-up between rivals are all on the docket for Tuesday evening at Bart Kaufman Field when #16 Indiana (7-6) hosts #18 Kentucky (13-3) for a 4:05 pm non-conference showdown.
Both squads are slated to send southpaws to the hill with Kyle Hart (1-1, 3.38) vs. Dylan Dwyer (0-1, 3.00). Kentucky leads the all-time series, 19-15. Tuesday marks the Wildcats' first visit to Bart Kaufman Field.
Coverage options are aplenty for those unable to attend in person. Free options include a live audio broadcast from play-by-play man Greg Murray and GameTracker live stats provided by IUHoosiers.com. In addition, subscribers will be able to view a Big Ten Digital Network video stream on HoosierTV at IUHoosiers.com.
Twitter updates can be found by following the program's official account: @IUBaseballNews.
BASE PATH THIEVERY
Casey Rodrigue broke loose during IU's road series victory at Jacksonville, stealing five bases in as many attempts; including a 3-steal day in game two. It marked the first Hoosier to swipe three bags in a game since Micah Johnson did so vs. Evansville on March 27, 2011. The Louisiana native led all of NJCAA D-II and D-III with 68 stolen bases for LSU-Eunice in 2013.
IMPRESSIVE WEEK FROM Kyle Hart
LHP Kyle Hart did a little bit of everything last week. He finished with eight innings of shutout baseball, a win and his first career save. He began by scattering four hits in a 7-inning start versus Xavier in the 2014 home opener, battling frigid temperatures to earn the win over of the Musketeers. Hart came back on the weekend and closed out Indiana's series-clinching win on the road at Jacksonville, working a perfect ninth to earn his first career save. Overall, Hart toed the rubber for eight scoreless innings allowing four hits, four walks and striking out four.
A QUANTITY OF QUALITY
Friday night starter Joey DeNato is one of 20 pitchers nationally to contribute a `quality start' (at least six innings with three or less earned runs) in each his first four starts this season.
HALSTEAD'S SEASON COMES TO AN END
Indiana's all-time saves leader suffered a knee injury in the home opener versus Xavier attempting to field a groundball, forcing season-ending surgery. He is expected to make a full recovery.