March 25, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
The Indiana University baseball team (13-7) plays their first weekend series of the season on March 26-27, beginning with a doubleheader on Saturday in Evansville (10-7) and followed by IU's home opener versus the Purple Aces in a 1:05 pm Sunday showdown.
This weekend marks the second straight weekend in which Evansville is facing a Big Ten school, taking two of three games against Michigan State last week. The Purple Aces are 5-1 in their last six contests.
PROBABLE PITCHING ROTATIONS
Sat., Game 1- LHP Blake Monar (2-1, 4.05) vs. RHP Kyle Lloyd (1-2, 7.01)
Sat., Game 2- RHP Chad Martin (1-0, 1.01) vs. LHP Cole Isom (3-1, 3.41)
Sunday- LHP Brian Korte (1-0, 1.88) vs. RHP Cody Fick (3-0, 0.90)
Sembower Field will open its doors to Hoosier fans for the first time of the 2011 season on Sunday. It marks the sixth home opener for Head Coach Tracy Smith as Indiana's skipper, owning a 4-1 record in openers thus far.
Assistant Athletic Director of Broadcast Services Jeremy Gray will be on the call, providing play-by-play for all three games on the IUHoosiers.com live audio broadcast. GameTracker live stats are also available.
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Complete Game Notes
BIGGER THE MOMENT, BIGGER THE PRODUCTION
Indiana has made winning games in the late innings commonplace. The Hoosiers have won seven games when either tied or trailing in the eighth inning. From the eighth inning and beyond, Indiana is doubling up the opposition in run production, 42-21. The late inning heroics have played a large role in IU's 4-1 extra innings record.
CEMENTING HIS SPOT IN WEEKEND ROTATION
After spending the first two weekends working out of the bullpen in relief action, Chad Martin was inserted in the starting rotation against Morehead State and has shined in that role thus far. In three career starts for the Hoosiers, he has chewed up 17.2 innings with a 1-0 record and 0.51 ERA. More importantly, IU is 3-0 in games started by the 6-7 righty.
SABOURIN'S HEATING UP
One of the Big Ten's best hitters the past three seasons, Jerrud Sabourin, got off to a slow start in 2011 but has been turning it on as of late. Indiana's first baseman has recorded a hit in the last five games, a streak in which he is hitting .444 with six RBI. Even when he's not recording a hit, Sabourin is drawing walks with an on-base percentage of .583 during the same stretch.
The Hoosiers have picked off 16 runners through the first 20 games of the season, the most in the Big Ten by a long shot. The next closest conference school has totaled six pick offs. Indiana's Joey DeNato has pegged five runners alone.
FAST OUT OF THE BOX
Freshman Dustin DeMuth is arguably the fastest Hooiser, evidenced by his team-leading seven infield hits through the first 20 games of the season. DeMuth is regularly timed getting down the first-base line in a blazing 3.64-3.65 seconds.
BIG TEN WEEKLY ACCOLADES
Alex Dickerson was named the Big Ten Player of the Week on March 21, his first weekly award of the season and fourth in his career. The Junior outfield hit .393, reached base at a .452 clip and slugged at a .786 mark, combining for an OPS of 1.238. He also scored seven runs and drove in nine, racking up multiple hits in four games and multiple RBI in three.
Indiana catcher Ty Downing claimed the Big Ten's Freshman of the Week honor on Monday (Feb. 28) after helping the Hoosiers to a 2-1 record at the Kleberg Bank Classic in Corpus Christi, Texas, including a 3-1 victory over nationally ranked Connecticut. Downing batted .444 (4-for-9), including a 3-for-4 performance with a homer and two RBI in the tournament's opener on Friday. He reached base at a .500 clip and slugged .778 for an OPS of 1.278.
Senior outfielder T.C. Knipp has pegged out a pair of runners, each of his missiles coming at home plate and stopping a go-ahead run in the top of the ninth or extra-inning game. His game-saving outfield assists both pushed IU to victories.
Alex Dickerson is known across the country for his offensive outbursts, but the Poway, Calif., native flashed his defensive prowess during the opening weekend with a pair outfield assists. No play was bigger in the Indiana's 2-1, 16-inning win over #18 Coastal Carolina than Dickerson's dart from left field gunned out a man at home for the third out of the 12th inning.