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    INDIANA OPENS BIG TEN PLAY AT PENN STATE

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    March 23, 2000

    INDIANA OPENS BIG TEN PLAY AT PENN STATE


    Game Data
    Indiana opens the Big Ten season at State College, Penn., against Penn State. The Nittany Lions and the Hoosiers will meet four times over the weekend.

    Competition
    Penn State enters the weekend with a 13-5 record. The Nittany Lions are coming off wins against Winthrop (4-3), and Columbia (13-10). This is the Big Ten opener for PSU also.

    Game Results
    Complete game results will be made available on the web at www.athletics.indiana.edu following the event. They can be viewed and printed out by choosing baseball from the main menu.

    Head Coach Bob Morgan
    Bob Morgan is in his 17th season at Indiana. He has posted a 626-345-3 record while with the Hoosiers and owns a career mark of 918-433-5. He currently ranks in the top ten nationally amongst active Division I coaches in career winning percentage and in the top 20 in career victories. Furthermore, Morgan has never suffered a losing season in this is 25th year as a collegiate head coach.

    On the Hill
    The Hoosiers will rotate Brad Edwards, Zach McClellan, David Ferris and Fred Graf. Ferris leads the team with a 4-0 mark and a 1.65 ERA. He has made five starts this season and fanned 28 batters in 27.1 innings. Graf has struck out 29 and walked only six in 29.2 innings' work to post a 3.03 ERA. Edwards leads the team in strike outs (40, 4.22 ERA), and McClellan isn't far behind (33, 3.82).

    Sitting Them Down
    Zach McClellan and Brad Edwards posted career highs in strike outs in their final two starts in Florida. Edwards fanned 16 against Quinnipiac and McClellan sat down 14 against Vermont. That is 30 strikeouts in the last 17 innings Indiana starters have worked.

    Spanos Looking for a Spot
    Freshman Vasilli Spanos had a hot Florida trip as he led all Hoosiers with a .550 batting average. Spanos went 11-20 and scored six runs while driving in six more. Spanos continued that streak, and currently leads the Hoosiers so far this season posting a .459 average in 37 at bats.

    Big Ten "K" Club
    As of March 21, Brad Edwards leads the Big Ten in strikeouts (40), with Zach McClellan in second (33), and Fred Graf fifth with 28. The Hoosiers lead the conference in team pitching, posting a 3.39 team ERA.

    Hurryin' Haegele
    Junior third baseman Dan Haegele is leading the Big Ten in stolen bases this season. Haegele has stolen 10 bases in 21 games. He also ranks among the Big Ten leaders in hits (5th, 24), doubles (T3rd, 5), and runs (T4th, 16).

    Spanos/Clause Leading the Way
    Senior Benji Clause and freshman Vasilli Spanos are leading the team in hitting this season. Spanos is 17-37, hitting .459, while Clause is hitting .360 (27-75).

    Hurlers Warming Up
    In the last 26 innings, the Hoosiers have allowed only three runs. Indiana pitchers lead the Big Ten in team ERA (3.39) and team strikeouts (180).

    In the (Strike) Zone
    Indiana pitchers have struck out 200 batters in 201 innings of work this season. They have walked 82 for a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.43. Over the last four games the Hoosiers have collected 50 K's.

    Behind the Plate
    Indiana has seen some rotation behind the plate. The Hoosiers have tried three different catchers throughout the season. Freshman Kevin O'Brien has started 13 games, playing in 18. O'Brien has tallied 101 putouts this season, has a fielding percentage of .991, and is hitting .242. Michael Browdy has made one start, and seen action in nine games. Eric Farley, coming off an injury that saw him sit out six weeks, has made four starts and six appearances. Farley is hitting .273 in his 11 at bats.

    Hoping the Trend Continues
    Indiana has continually seen its team ERA drop over the last two seasons. In 1998 the Hoosiers posted a team ERA of 6.16. Last year Indiana was tops in the Big Ten with an ERA of 4.86. The Hoosiers currently own a team ERA of 3.09.

    Ferris Posts Career Best
    David Ferris started and earned the victory against Indiana Wesleyan. He worked four innings and faced a total of 15 batters, 10 of which he struck out, to post a new career high in strike outs.

    Randle El to Concentrate on Football
    Indiana quarterback and 2000 Heisman Trophy candidate Antwaan Randle El has left the baseball team in an effort to concentrate on football and academics. "He's a good leader, and a very talented athlete," said Coach Morgan. "If we got a little more time with him, he'd be a good baseball player someday, too."

    Good Bloodlines
    Freshman pitcher Carrington Fisk is the nephew of Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk. Carrington made his collegiate debut against IU Southeast and worked one scoreless inning and picked up a strikeout.

    Under Morgan's Guidance
    Not only has head coach Bob Morgan had success with wins and losses, but he has also seen 23 former players or assistant coaches move on from Indiana to coach at other collegiate and high school baseball programs.

    Schedule Change
    The Hoosiers will travel to IUPUI on Tuesday, March 28 for a 3 p.m. game time. The game will be played in Indianapolis, rather than Bloomington as it is listed on the schedule. After facing the Jaguars, Indiana returns home to face Wright State on Wednesday the 29th, and then kicks off the Michigan series at 3 p.m. Friday the 31 at Sembower Field.

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