Hoosiers Host Saint Francis, Taylor
March 26, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010 3:05 p.m. ET
Sunday, March 27, 2010 1 p.m. ET
The Indiana baseball team has won five of its last six games and six of its last eight after a 17-8 offensive explosion against Xavier on Wednesday. The Hoosiers set season highs in runs (17), hits (22) and home runs (six) in a 17-8 victory over Xavier on Wednesday in IU's home opener. Jerrud Sabourin hit two longballs and tied the school record with five hits, while Michael Earley had a pair of homers and four hits on the day for the Hoosiers (10-10). Alex Dickerson (9) and Micah Johnson (7) each went deep as well for IU to maintain their hold on the top two spots in the conference in homers.
The Hoosiers enter the weekend at 10-10 and will play host to NAIA squads Saint Francis (Ft. Wayne, Ind.) and Taylor (Upland, Ind.). Saint Francis enters this weekend with a 3-20-1 record on the year. Taylor is 16-3 and has now won 11 games in a row heading into a Thursday doubleheader with Indiana Wesleyan. IU has won 11 of its last 16 home games dating back to early in the 2009 season.
THE LAST TIME...
SHOWING HIS DREW COLORS
More impressively, he has now gone a full 26 innings since allowing a run to cross, one of the top streaks in Hoosier pitching history. Since allowing two unearned runs in the second inning to West Virginia, he has not surrendered a single tally, including three straight scoreless starts, against Kent State, Central Michigan and Akron.
IT'S BEEN A WHILE
He also showed his toughness in the game, as he tweaked his leg in the fourth inning, but gritted it out to post zeroes in the fifth and sixth before being removed for precautionary measures with the Hoosiers up 7-0. His injury status is still being evaluated at this point.
But Micah Johnson started a homer barrage against Louisville when he knocked two balls out of the yard, and IU has carried over that power surge and now leads the Big Ten with 29 homers. The Hoosiers bashed five home runs against Miami, five at Morehead State and a Big Ten-high six against Xavier. After not having a multi-homer game by anyone but Josh Phegley since 2004, IU has gotten two-homer games from Johnson, Sabourin, Dickerson and Michael Earley over the last 10 contests.
In total, Indiana has hit 25 homers and 19 doubles over the last 10 games for a .611 slugging percentage as a team. By comparison, only 10 non-IU players in the Big Ten have a slugging percentage over .611 this year.
THE SILENT ASSASSIN
Sabourin had a career day against Xavier, matching the school record with five hits and delivering career highs with two home runs, four RBI and five runs scored. He also extended his hitting streak to 13 games and has had multiple hits in each of the last six games. His .452 average is third in the Big Ten this season and he has 20 percent more hits than the next highest total in the conference with his 42 knocks.
Sabourin's path to the Hoosiers was a bit unconventional, as the San Diego native originally committed to Arizona as a pitcher, but was cut on the first day of fall practice. Smith saw the lefty in a workout and offered him a roster spot as a walk-on at the winter break before the 2008 season.
DICKERSON HEATING UP
He followed that up with a career-best four hits against Morehead State and had two hits and a three-run homer against Xavier. His streaks run one game longer than Sabourin's as he has hit safely in 14 straight with seven consecutive multi-hit games. He leads the conference with nine homers, 30 RBI and an .814 slugging percentage.
The lefty set an IU freshman record last year with 14 home runs to go along with a .370 batting average and 57 RBI. He was the first Hoosier in school history to take home Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors, and he was named a Freshman All-American. He is currently 15th in school history with his 22 career longballs.
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