IU To Host Indiana State
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- After earning a series split in its Big Ten Conference opener over the weekend, the Indiana baseball returns to home to play Indiana State on Wednesday, April 2. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. at Sembower Field on the IU campus.
Indiana owns a 16-5 overall record and a 2-2 mark in Big Ten contests after the split at Illinois. Sophomore Corby Heckman leads the Hoosiers with a .420 batting average, which also ranks third among Big Ten players. The Spencer, Ind., native has driven in 11 runs and hit seven doubles. Junior Kevin Mahar owns the team's second-best average at .324 and has 13 RBI and 13 runs scored. Senior Vasili Spanos paces the club with 17 RBI and senior Mark Calkins has scored a team-high 20 runs.
On the mound, senior Jacob Cary has pitched a team-high 36.0 innings, including 13 straight scoreless innings, and owns a 2.25 ERA. Cary has three a pair of complete games and one shutout and owns a 5-0 record. The Hoosier pitching staff has a combined 3.12 ERA heading into this week, the second-best among conference teams.
Indiana won the first and last games of a the series at Illinois over the weekend, finshing at 2-2. The Hoosiers rode a complete game shutout effort from righthander Jacob Cary to take game one, 4-0, on Saturday. The win was No. 1,000 for head coach Bob Morgan. Illinois bounced back to take the second game of the doubleheader, 9-2.
In game three, the Illini recovered from Indiana's 2-0 lead and went on to win, 7-2, the opener on Sunday. This time, the Hoosiers salvaged a series split witha 4-3 victory behind Seth Bynum's three-run homer.
A Grand Occassion -- Morgans Wins 1,000
Indiana head coach Bob Morgan collected his 1,000th career win as the Hoosiers shutout Illinois, 4-0, on Saturday, March 29, in Champaign. With the victory, Morgan joined an elite group of 11 other active Division I Coaches and 25 others in history to achieve the milestone. He is in his 20th season as Indiana's head coach and his 28th overall as a head coach.
Coming into the 2003 season, Morgan also ranked 20th among active Division I Coaches with a .662 winning percentage.
Scouting the Opponent: Indiana State
Indiana State is 17-5 entering the midweek match-up with the Hoosiers. The Sycamores took the final two of four games against Missouri Valley Conference foe Southern Illinois over the weekend.
IU and ISU have one common opponent to this point in the season. The Hoosiers defeated Bradley, 5-1, on March 15 in Bradenton, Fla. Indiana State swept the Braves in a four-game conference series, March 21-23.
As a team, the Sycamores hit at a .308 clip and have outscored their opponents, 146-82. The pitching staff sports a 3.44 ERA.
The Indiana-Indiana State series dates back to 1914. The Hoosiers hold a 38-31 advantage in the all-time series with the Sycamores.
ISU won the 2002 meeting, defeating IU, 5-4, in 10 innings in Terre Haute on April 3. The two teams have traded victories in each of the latest four seasons with the Hoosiers winning in 1999 and 2001 and the Sycamores in 1998 and 2002.
Heckman On a Hot Streak
Corby Heckman is coming into his own in his second season at Indiana. The infielder is leading the team with a .420 batting average, 29 hits and seven doubles currently. He is in the midst of a 12-game hitting streak that dates back to March 12, the best by a Hoosier this season.
Cary The Staff Ace
Senior Jacob Cary is settling into the role of the ace of the IU pitching staff to this point in the season. The No. 1 stater, Cary is a perfect 5-0 this season with a 2.25 ERA in 36 innings of work. He has pitched complete games in each of his last three outings, including a five-hit, 4-0 shutout of Illinois in Indiana's Big Ten opener and head coach Bob Morgan's 1,00th career win. Cary's ERA ranks fourth among Big Ten Conference pitchers. The Bruceville, Ind., has not given up a run in his last 13 innings pitched and allowed only one run in his last three outings.
Smith Closing In on Another Record
Senior pitcher Ryan Smith set the IU single-season record for saves last season with nine. Smith now has his sights set on the career mark. He has already collected four saves this season, bringing his career total to 13, the second-most on the IU career charts. The Indianapolis, Ind., native needs two more to tie former Hoosier Chris Wilson and three more to take over the lead. Smith is currently 3-0 with a 1.29 ERA. He has made nine appearances and pitched 14.0 innings.
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