March 28, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
Indiana Baseball (19-3, 3-0 Big Ten)) rides an NCAA-best 12-game winning streak into the weekend, hitting the road for a series at Iowa (9-10, 1-2). Snow forced the competition to be moved back a day, setting up a Saturday-Sunday-Monday series between the Hoosiers and the Hawkeyes at Duane Banks Field.
Game times for Saturday and Sunday are slated for 1:05 pm CT/2:05 pm ET. Monday's first pitch is yet to be determined.
Free live audio broadcasts will be available at IUHoosiers.com. Additional coverage of the contest can be found through GameTracker live stats and on the team's official Twitter account (@IUBaseballNews).
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCH-UPS
Saturday, March 30 - 2:05 pm EST GameTracker Live Stats Listen Live
Jr, LHP Joey DeNato (3-1, 2.51) vs. Sr., LHP Matt Dermody (5-0, 1.91)
Sunday, March 31 - 2:05 pm EST GameTracker Live Stats Listen Live
So., LHP Kyle Hart (4-0, 1.53) vs. Sr., RHP Andrew Hanse (1-1, 1.72)
Monday, April 1 - TBD GameTracker Live Stats Listen Live
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION
r-So., Aaron Slegers (4-0, 1.37) vs. So., RHP Nick Hibbing (0-1, 3.00)
The Hawkeyes own a 76-62 advantage in the all-time series. Indiana, however, has won the past four series, including sweeps in 2009 and 2010. Saturday marks the Hawkeyes' fourth crack at a home-opener, as previous games against Nebraska-Omaha, Coe College, and Creighton were cancelled or postponed. Iowa's 2.75 staff ERA is the fourth-best in the conference.
Complete Game Notes
TRIPLE PLAY QUICK HITS
Indiana has won 12 straight games and 17 of the last 18 games
IU owns a +102 run margin through 22 games, outscoring the competition 164-62
The Hoosiers 19-3 start is the best in school history against Division-I opponents
DEEPER LOOK INTO THE WINNING STREAK
Following Wednesday's victory over #10 Louisville, the Hoosiers owned the longest winning streak in the country at 12 games. All three phases - hitting, pitching and fielding - have all come together during the last dozen contests. Indiana is batting at a .332 clip, fielding .974 and posting a team earned run average of 1.33 on the hot streak, resulting in a 97-25 runs advantage.
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 is up to #19 in this week's Baseball America and Perfect Game polls. The Hoosiers are slotted in all five of the major college baseball polls.
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' 2.00 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 19-3 record (.865) is also the B1G's best.
STICKING WITH THE STATISTICS SPEAK
Indiana is posting numbers worthy of top-20 NCAA rankings as well. At the start of the week, IU staff's 2.05 ERA was the fourth-lowest in the country. In addition, IU was slotted ninth in winning percentage (.857), 12th in batting average (.315) and 17th in runs (7.5) and doubles (2.29) per game. Defensively, the Hoosiers were turning 1.29 double plays per game, good for the seventh-best twin killings clip in D-I baseball.
Individually, Kyle Schwarber's .425 average was 15th nationally, Scott Donley's 1.29 RBI/game ranked 17th and Justin Cureton's 1.19 runs/game were 22nd.
HOME SWEET HOME
Bart Kaufman Field opened with a bang, as Indiana blew up Miami (OH) 15-runs-to-1 in the facility debut. Hoosier success has continued with a sweep over Penn State and 6-2 besting of #10 Louisville. Indiana is now 5-0 in their new digs, outscoring the competition 43-9.
HOT START HOOSIERS
Indiana has scored in the first inning in 12 of 22 games this season, owning a 22-3 run margin in the opening frame.