HOOSIERS HOST IUPUI, OPEN BIG TEN SEASON AT PENN STATE
March 30, 1999HOOSIERS HOST IUPUI, OPEN BIG TEN SEASON AT PENN STATE
THIS WEEK: Indiana will host IUPUI this Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. at Sembower Field before heading to Happy Valley to open Big Ten play against the Penn State Nittany Lions. The teams will open the four-game series with a 3:00 p.m. clash at Beaver Field. The series continues with a Saturday doubleheader beginning at 1:00 p.m. and concludes on Sunday with the rubber match at noon.
THE OPPONENTS: IUPUI (2-18-1) dropped a weekend series to Oakland University (6-2, 4-1, 14-4, 5-0), running their losing streak to nine games. The Jaguars last won on March 19, when they won at VMI, 6-4. Freshman 1B Mike Mitchell (.296, 10R, 10BB, 6SB) and freshman 2B Patrick Gilbert (.284, 13R, 9RBI, 5SB) are the Jags' offensive leaders. The pitching staff is led by LHP/CF Ryan Greeting,(2.84 ERA, 1 save, 10 K's, .238 OPP BA). The teams met last year at Sembower Field as Indiana took a 4-2 decision.
Penn State comes in at 10-8 after taking two of three from C.W Post. Senior RF Dan Beers (.324, 17R, 5HR, 15RBI, .691 SLG%) and junior CF Michael Campo (.300, 19R, 10RBI, 12SB, .407 OB%) are the big guns in the Nittany Lion offense. The PSU pitching staff is led by junior RHP Dan Goebeler (3-3, 4.86 ERA, 25SO, 2CG) and sophomore LHP Dan McCall (2-2, 3.14ERA, 30SO, .252 OPP BA). Andy Wager (1-1, 2.21, 1SV, 17SO, .191 OPP BA, 10 APP) is the Nittany Lions' top reliever. The Hoosiers and Nittany Lions split last year's series at Sembower Field with Indiana winning the final two games. Both teams will be in action prior to meeting the Hoosiers. IUPUI takes on Hanover Tuesday afternoon, while Penn State takes on Bucknell in a Tuesday afternoon doubleheader.
LAST WEEK: Indiana routed Manchester College, 17-5 and took two of three from Western Michigan. In the Manchester victory, junior RF Doug DeVore slammed his ninth home run of the year while sophomore DH Dan Haegele went 3-4 with a double, three runs scored and two RBI's. The Hoosiers dropped the first game of the Western Michigan series, 6-4. On Saturday, Jason Torres punched out 11 batters in tossing a complete game, five-hitter giving Indiana a 6-1 victory. Clause went 3-4 with a double, triple and two runs scored while freshman 1B Mark Minor jacked a two-run home run while going 2-4 with 3 RBI. On Sunday, the Broncos tacked up a 6-1 lead on starter Brad Edwards and upped it to 8-1 when the Hoosiers cut it to 8-5. Indiana trailed 10-5 entering the eighth when freshman LF Tim McNab led off with a single. With the bases loaded, Haegele was hit by a pitch to bring home McNab. DeVore then walked to score Schade. Senior C Brandt Childs ripped a double to right scoring Clause then came around to score with DeVore on O'Connell's single to tie it at 10. WMU answered in the top of the ninth when PH Joe Langschwager slammed the first pitch from Zach McClellan over the right field fence for a two-run home run and a 12-10 lead. Indiana tied it in its half of the ninth when Haegele singled home McNab and Schade. Then in the tenth, with a full count, O'Connell won it with a solo shot to left field giving Indiana a thrilling 13-12 win.
LOOKING AHEAD: Indiana hosts Indiana State next Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. before opening a four game series with in-state rival Purdue. The Purdue series will be played at Sembower Field and gets underway at 3:00 p.m. Friday, April 9th.
HOOSIER NOTES - INDIVIDUAL
At the Plate: Junior RF Doug DeVore leads the Big Ten in home runs (10), RBI's(31) and is ninth in the league with a .378 average...went 8-16 (.500) with six runs, two HR's and five RBI's last week....the Dublin, Ohio native leads the team in slugging percentage (.866) and has been issued four intentional walks...with a .423 average, senior CF Jason Williams stands fourth in the Big Ten in batting...the senior from Carmel is second in the league in doubles (12), fourth in hits (33) and has not committed an error in 21 starts (22 chances)...sophomore LF Blake St. Clair has a 12 game hitting streak and leads the Big Ten in triples with five...he is also sixth in the league with a .390 average...the Bellefontaine, Ohio native leads the team with a .544 on base percentage...St. Clair drilled a grand slam earlier in the year against Pittsburgh...senior C Brandt Childs returned to the lineup after missing two weeks following knee surgery...a third-team All-Big Ten selection last year, has only two errors in 106 chances behind the dish...Childs hit .476 for the week...sophomore DH Dan Haegele is tied for the Big Ten lead in runs scored (29) and is first in stolen bases (13)...not only does he lead the team in runs scored, he is second in RBI's (22) and leads the team in walks (18)... freshman 1B Mark Minor has become an important contributor to the Indiana lineup...Minor started all four games last week at first base and hit .292 with two home runs and six RBI's...senior 3B Frank O'Connell hit only .250 last week but his tenth inning home run against Western Michigan won the game for Indiana...the Fishers native also had a big RBI single at Kentucky that put Indiana ahead for good in the eighth.
On the Mound: RHP Jason Torres leads the Big Ten in ERA (0.84) and has given up only one earned run in his last 27 innings...the senior from Chesterton has punched out 26 batters in his last two starts, giving him 41 on the year...opposing batters are hitting .147 against him...RHP Nick Otte moved to 6-0 on the year with an inning and a half of scoreless ball in the finale against Western MichiganOtte leads the Big Ten in victories... although he lasted just four innings Sunday against the Broncos, freshman LHP Brad Edwards is 3-0 and leads the Big Ten in strikeouts (42)...senior RHP Chad Smith struck out eight on Friday in a losing effort...Smith is 3-3 on the year with a 4.65 ERA.
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