March 21, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
The Indiana University baseball team (15-3) starts Big Ten play this weekend, playing host to Penn State (5-11) inside the newly-christened Bart Kaufman Field. Game times are scheduled for 4 pm, 2:05 pm and noon on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
Sunday's contest is set for a national broadcast on the Big Ten Network while the first two contests will be streamed live by BTDN on IUHoosiers.com All-Access. In addition, Jeremy Gray can be heard on the air with IUHoosiers.com' live audio broadcast for Friday and Saturday, free of charge.
Additional coverage of the weekend series can be found through GameTracker live stats and on the team's official Twitte account (@IUBaseballNews).
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCH-UPS
Friday, March 22 - 4 pm EST
Jr., LHP Joey DeNato (2-1, 2.88) vs. r-So., RHP T.J. Jann (1-2, 5.06)
Saturday, March 23 - 2:05 pm EST
So., LHP Kyle Hart (3-0, 1.98) vs. Sr., RHP Steven Hill (1-3, 4.44)
Sunday, March 10 - Noon EST
r-So., RHP Aaron Slegers (3-0, 1.69) vs. Jr., LHP Greg Welsh (0-0, 0.00)
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
Penn State leads the all-time series, 39-30, with an even 15-15 mark in Bloomington. The Hoosiers opened last season's Big Ten docket by taking two out of three in Happy Valley. The Nittany Lions look to put a sub-par preconfernce start behind them and start a run in league play. Penn State's two mid-week contests were cancelled due to inclement weather.
Complete Game Notes
TRIPLE PLAY QUICK HITS
Indiana has won eight straight games and 14 of the last 14 games
IU owns a +82 run margin through 18 games, outscoring the competition (136-54)
The Hoosiers 15-3 start is the best since Indiana's 2003 squad also won 15 of the first 18 contests.
NATIONALLY RANKED HOOSIERS
Baseball America tabbed the Hoosiers as the 24th-best team in the country on March 11, marking the first time in school history Indiana has been nationally ranked. IU jumped two spots up to #22 in this week's Baseball America poll. The Cream and Crimson can also be found in the Perfect Game (#24) and NCBWA (#29) rankings.
The computers recognize Indiana as one of the NCAA's elite as well, slotting Indiana 13th in the RPI entering the weekend. Michigan State (#11) and Illinois (#23) are also in the RPI top-25.
BIG TEN'S ELITE, STATISTICALLY SPEAKING AND RECORD WISE
The Hoosier lineup is potent and deep, leading to Indiana sitting atop of every major offensive statistical offensive category in the Big Ten, sans triples. Don't sleep on the pitching, however, as the Hoosier hurlers' 2.11 team earned run average is also a conference-best. For the "only thing that matters is wins and losses" crowd, don't fret. Indiana's 15-3 record (.833) is also the B1G's best.
HOME SWEET HOME
Bart Kaufman Field opened with a bang, as the Hoosiers blew up Miami (OH) 15-runs-to-1 in the facility debut. Indiana accumulated 19 hits en route to their third consecutive, and fifth overall, game with double-digit runs. IU earned the season sweep over the RedHawks after an 11-2 win in Oxford on Tuesday.
HOT START HOOSIERS
Indiana has scored in the first inning in 11 of 18 games this season, owning a 19-3 run margin in the opening frame.
It was no vacation for the Hoosiers over Spring Break, playing eight games in a nine-day stretch. Indiana went 7-1 down in the Sunshine State, including a series victory in Gainesville over SEC foe Florida. As a team, IU batted .335 to go along with a 1.90 staff ERA. The result was Indiana outscoring the field, 51-21.