April 1, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The #24 Indiana University baseball team (15-10, 5-1 Big Ten) plays host to the Miami University RedHawks (10-15, 2-4 MAC) under the lights Wednesday (April 2) starting at 6:05 pm ET for the first home night game of the season.
A pair of underclassmen are expected to take the mound as IU sends sophomore southpaw Sullivan Stadler (1-1, 5.23) to face off against Miami's freshman RHP Christian Bokich (0-0, 5.79).
IU Concessions is offering the Papa John's Meal Deal. For just $5, fans receive a Papa John's personal pizza and a drink.
The game will be broadcast by BTDN on HoosiersTV at IUHoosiers.com. Radio listeners can also follow along on WHCC 105.1 FM. GameTracker live stats are an avenue to follow along as well, available at IUHoosiers.com and the IU Athletics iPhone app.
WHERE IT ALL STARTED
Head coach Tracy Smith is in his ninth season at the helm of the Hoosier Baseball program. He spent the previous nine years guiding his alma mater, Miami University. Smith compiled eight straight 30-win seasons, two NCAA Regional appearances and advanced to the Mid-American Conference Tournament finals six times as the RedHawks skipper.
HOME SWEET HOME
Indiana Univeristy opened the doors of Bart Kaufman Field in 2013 and the Hoosiers have provided a home record of 24-4. Indiana posted a 19-3 mark during the inaugural season and sits at 5-1 thus far in 2014. The city of Bloomington and surrounding communities have responded in a big way, ranking in the top-30 nationally for average attendance. This season, an average of 2,178 fans have attended the first half dozen contests despite an average first pitch temperature of 51 degrees.
HOOSIERS STOCKPILING B1G WEEKLY ACCOLADES
The Big Ten Conference has selected 17 Player and Pitcher of the Week honorees this season and six have gone to Hoosiers. That total is twice as many as any other league school. Iowa and Nebraska are second with three weekly awards apiece. Kyle Schwarber, Casey Rodrigue and Dustin DeMuth have been named Player of the Week while Joey DeNato and Kyle Hart (twice) were tabbed the conference's Pitcher of the Week.
Indiana's staff earned run average of 2.67 is not only best in the Big Ten, but leads by a large margin. The next clostest team ERA is nearly a half run back, Illinois' 3.07 clip. IU has four of the top-10 individual ERAs in the conference; represented by Scott Effross (2nd, 1.38), Joey DeNato (6th, 2.22), Christian Morris (7th, 2.23) and Kyle Hart (8th, 2.29). The team ERA ranks in the top-25 nationally.
Bullpen Closing the Door
Hoosier relievers have locked down leads in the late innings this season, evidenced by Indiana's 13-0 record when leading after six innings and 14-0 mark when on top with seven frames in the books.
HOT CORNER ON A HOT STREAK
IU third baseman Dustin DeMuth is swinging a hot stick lately, carrying a 14-game hitting streak into the week. The stretch is witness to a .436 average with nine RBI and a slugging percentage of .709 powered by eight extra-base hits. In addition, DeMuth has reached base successfully in 22 consecutive contests.
Kyle Hart ROLLS THROUGH MARCH
The month of March waas very kind to LHP Kyle Hart. He surrendered three earned runs (four total) in seven appearances spanning 28.1 innings this month. The Cincinnati native went 3-0 with a 0.95 ERA, .158 batting average against and a save in four starts and three relief showings. Hart's herculean efforts did not go unnoticed, earning back-to-back Big Ten Pitcher of the Week awards on March 17 and 24. The Sycamore High School southpaw struck out 24 batters during the stretch while issuing just seven walks.