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    Going For 1,000 Wins

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- With a win today, history can be made.

    Indiana head baseball coach Bob Morgan could reach the 1,000 career win mark on Wednesday afternoon as the Hoosiers host Wright State at 3 p.m.

    Morgan picked up win No. 999 Tuesday, as Indiana scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth to defeat Saginaw Valley State, 4-3. This Hoosiers are now 14-2 on the season.

    Morgan has amassed a career record of 999-506-6 in his 28th season as a head coach, and 711 of those victories have come in 20 seasons at Indiana. When he reaches the 1,000 win mark, he would become the 12th active Division I coach to reach that milestone and the 26th in history. Coming into the 2003 season, Morgan also ranked 20th among active Division I Coaches with a .662 winning percentage.

    Before coming to Indiana, Morgan spent six seasons at Wooster followed by two seasons at Kent State.

    Bob Morgan -- Year-by-Year
    Year School W L T Pct.
    1976 Wooster 26 9 0 .769
    1977 Wooster 31 6 0 .838
    1978 Wooster 30 10 0 .750
    1979 Wooster 40 8 1 .827
    1980 Wooster 45 7 0 .865
    1981 Wooster 37 8 1 .815
    1982 Kent State 35 23 0 .603
    1983 Kent State 44 16 0 .733
    1984 Indiana 44 20 0 .688
    1985 Indiana 57 19 1 .747
    1986 Indiana 43 17 0 .716
    1987 Indiana 43 17 0 .716
    1988 Indiana 39 19 0 .672
    1989 Indiana 34 26 0 .567
    1990 Indiana 30 27 1 .526
    1991 Indiana 38 23 1 .621
    1992 Indiana 35 20 0 .636
    1993 Indiana 38 21 0 .644
    1994 Indiana 33 23 0 .589
    1995 Indiana 33 23 0 .589
    1996 Indiana 43 18 0 .704
    1997 Indiana 33 22 0 .618
    1998 Indiana 29 27 0 .518
    1999 Indiana 37 17 0 .685
    2000 Indiana 29 27 0 .518
    2001 Indiana 24 31 1 .429
    2002 Indiana 35 20 0 .636
    IU 19 Years 697 414 4 .628
    Total 27 Years 985 504 6 .663


    Winningest Coaches in Division
    Most Victories-Active Coaches
    1. Augie Garrido, Texas 1,380 666 8
    2. Gene Stephenson, Witchita State 1,357 422 3
    3. Chuck Hartman, Virginia Tech 1,338 705 8
    4. Larry Hayes, Texas Tech 1,320 739 2
    5. Larry Cochell, Oklahoma 1,246 712 3
    6. Mike Martin, Florida State 1,239 16 3
    7. Richard Jones, Illinois 1,160 670 5
    8. Ron Polk, Mississippi State 1,157 558 1
    9. Gary Adams, UCLA 1,109 832 12
    10. Mark Marquess, Stanford 1,093 533 5
    11. Jay Bergman, UCF 1,013 562 3
    12. Bob Morgan, Indiana 985 504 6

    Indiana Update
    Coming into the week, the IU pitching staff had the Big Ten's best ERA at 2.52. After yesterday's win over Saginaw Valley State, the mark stands at 2.55. The Hoosiers are now hitting .285 as a team, which ranked fifth among Big Ten teams in the latest conference statistics.

    At the plate, sophomore Corby Heckman has been hot of late and sports a .415 batting average. Heckman's 22 hits are a team-best and his six doubles are a team-high. Senior Vasili Spanos is next with a .358 average and has a 17 RBI to pace the club. Six Hoosiers players are hitting better than .300.

    On the mound, senior Jacob Cary has pitched a team-high 29.0 innings and owns a 2.79 ERA. Cary tossed a pair of complete games in Florida to improve his record to 4-0.

    Junior Chris Behrens has worked 19.1 innings for the Hoosiers and has an 0.92 ERA, the best among Big Ten pitchers, and 14 strikeouts.
    Closer Ryan Smith is 3-0 on the season and has three saves. Smith's ERA is 1.46 and he has 14 strikeouts.

    Scouting the Opponent: Wright State
    Wright State enters today's game with a 5-12 record and coming off a 4-2 win over Anderson University on Monday. Chris Tuttle leads the Raiders at the plate with .379 batting average. He has scored a team-best 17 runs and collected 10 RBI. Trent Matthews is second on the club with a .348 average and 13 RBI.

    Aaron Braden boasts the best ERA on the Raider pitching staff at 3.28 to go with a 2-2 record. Casey Abrams has pitched a team-high 31.1 innings and has a 5.46 ERA. He has logged 43 strikeouts and 22 walks.

    The Raiders are coached by Ron Nischwitz, who is in his 29th seasons at Wright State.

    On Deck
    Indiana will usher in the Big Ten Conference portion of its 2003 schedule when its visits the Fighting Illini of Illinois. The four-game series kicks off on Friday at 4:05 p.m., continues with a doubleheader on Saturday at 1:05 and finishes with a game on Sunday at 1:05 p.m.


     

     

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