Baseball To Wrap Up Florida Swing with Three Against FAMU
March 16, 2007
SETTING THE SCENE
LAST TIME OUT
With two on and one out in the bottom of the seventh, Ferrell got the Ospreys' top two hitters - Jim Dandridge and Jimmy Glanville - to foul out and pop out in succession to end the UNF threat. The Ospreys got two on again in the bottom of the ninth, and Ferrell responded by striking out Dandridge and Glanville to end the game.
Means, Crawford, Keith Haas, Reid Briglia and Tyler Cox each had two hits in the ballgame, with Crawford and Josh Phegley each scoring two runs for IU. Phegley, Cox and Haas each had steals in the win.
The Hoosiers pushed over the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth after Phegley posted his first hit of the two-game set with a single through the left side. The freshman advanced on a Cox groundout, and then Means drove him home with a single to left center to make the tally 10-9.
THE ALL-TIME SERIES
SCOUTING THE RATTLERS
FAMU is led offensively by Darryl Evans, who is hitting .356 on the season in 20 starts on the year. Evans leads with team with 14 runs and five steals on the season. Anthony Mazzeo is hitting .310 with four home runs and 17 RBIs on the season in his 18 games. As a team, the Rattlers are hitting .249.
On the pitching side, FAMU has an aggregate 7.07 ERA and has allowed 229 hits in 166 2/3 innings. Rattler hurlers have 97 strikeouts to 92 walks on the season. Opponents are hitting .321 on the season against Florida A&M.
In his two years with the Hoosiers, head coach Tracy Smith has shown an affinity to be aggressive on the basepaths, and the 2007 Hoosiers have followed suit. IU has attempted 31 steals on the year to its opponents' 15. Indiana has been successful on 23 of its attempts this year.
One interesting aspect has been the distribution of steals this season, as eight different players have swiped bags already this season with 10 attempting steals. Six different players have at least two steals, with Means' seven leading the way. Crawford's five are second, while Cox' three are right behind. Keith Haas and Josh Phegley have two steals apiece, while Josh Richardson and Chris Hervey have also posted steals this year.
REIDING BETWEEN THE LINES
Briglia is in his first season on the field with the Hoosiers. He redshirted while at IU in 2004 before transferring to Rollins College for a year, playing fall ball for Rollins. He then returned to Indiana and redshirted as a transfer in 2006 before joining the Hoosiers this season.
Crawford, a native of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, finished his senior year with a .462 average and 21 steals in 22 attempts. He has also been a stalwart defensively this year, helping IU turn 17 groundball double plays in 13 games.
In his five games in Florida, Haas has put together a .381 average with seven singles and a double on the trip. He has recorded 20 assists, which are best on the team, and has helped the Hoosiers turn seven double plays in the five games.
With Crawford's emergence as a solid leadoff hitter, Haas has hit in the three hole in each of the last five games. Haas led the team with a .353 average last season, spending most of his time in the leadoff spot. His 41 assists are tops on the team with Crawford, and he has helped the IU defense turn 12 double plays already this season.
COX HEATING UP
The Georgetown, Ind., native hit .316 on the year in 39 games with 19 starts. He has already matched his career high in steals, who swiped three bags in six attempts in his freshman year of 2005, when Cox played 25 contests for the Hoosiers.
DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE
HE MEANS BUSINESS
The sophomore is also a wide receiver on the Indiana football team. In 2006, he made 20 catches for 263 yards and a touchdown for the Hoosiers. Last season, the two-sport athlete hit .301 with 16 stolen bases for the Hoosier baseball team.
IU's three starters in the series - Tyler Tufts, Matt Bashore and Jason Ferrell - all threw solid outings on the mound on the weekend, with Tufts and Ferrell going seven-plus innings in each start. Tufts allowed nine hits and four earned runs in seven innings in the series opener. Bashore had perhaps the best start of the weekend, going five innings and allowing just five hits and one earned run. Ferrell's end line - 7.1 innings, five earned runs - are not indicative of how well he pitched, as the freshman allowed just seven hits and at one point set down 15 Seminole batters in a row. When he was removed from the game, the FSU crowd showed their approval with a standing ovation.
Billy Kitchen had a tough start against UNF on Wednesday, but prior to that, Hoosier starters had pitched 31 1/3 innings over the previous five contests. Starters allowed just 35 hits and 14 earned runs while striking out 20, led by Chris McCombs' eight on Tuesday night. The one problem as of late for the staff has been its control, as IU walked 11 batters over that time span, including eight in the three-game set against FSU.
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The Tipp City, Ohio, native was an all-area selection and earned honorable mention all-state in his senior season for Tippecanoe High School.
SMITH A HOF FINALIST
The former shortstop hit .369 in his IU career, smashing 47 home runs and driving in 185 runs in his four years. In 1992, Smith posted one of the best seasons in NCAA history, hitting .490 with 27 home runs and 95 RBIs to lead the nation in all three categories. He remains the only player in college baseball lore to win the triple crown. Smith earned first team All-America laurels following his 1992 campaign.
FOUR NAMED ALL-TOURNAMENT
Haas hit the Hoosiers' only home run of the weekend, a three-run shot to deep left center in the ninth inning of IU's 16-7 win over Eastern Illinois. Haas hit .385 on the weekend, going 5-for-13 at the plate, and drove in five runs. He recorded a team-high 12 assists and added six putouts, taking part in all four of Indiana's double plays on the weekend.
Crawford extended his hitting streak to six games with eight hits in the three-game set. He recorded multiple hits in each game, including a 4-for-6 performance against Eastern Illinois on Friday, March 2. Crawford tied for the team lead with four runs on the weekend, drove in three runs and stole a base.
Phegley hit .500 over the weekend, going 6-for-12 at the plate with three doubles. His four runs matched Crawford for the team lead, while he slugged .750 over the three games. Phegley also drew two walks and stole his first career base at the Classic.
Schutz went 6-for-11, including two doubles, on the weekend. He hit .545 for the three games and slugged a whopping .727 over the weekend. Schutz scored three runs on the weekend, including two in the Hoosiers' 16-7 win over Eastern Illinois. His double in the fourth inning against Northern Iowa scored Indiana's first run of the contest en route to a 4-2 victory.
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