Hoosiers Host Sycamores at Sembower
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - For the second time in 2005, the Indiana baseball team will face Indiana State on Wednesday, April 7, at Sembower Field. First pitch between the Hoosiers (15-9) and Sycamores (12-14) is scheduled for 3 p.m.
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After Wednesday's match up, the Hoosiers hit the road for the first time in Big Ten action, traveling to Minneapolis to face Minnesota at Seibert Field. The teams will open the series with a 3 p.m. ballgame on Friday, April 8, before playing a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 9. The series concludes with a 1 p.m. matinee on Sunday, April 10.
Inside Indiana State
Indiana State enters a stretch of eight consecutive non-conference games with a battle against Eastern Illinois on Tuesday, April 5, before facing the Hoosiers. ISU took a Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) series from Northern Iowa over the weekend (April 1-3) and are now 12-14 on the season.
Leading the Sycamores, junior Tim Brewer has recorded a hit in each of his last 14 games, marking the longest hitting streak for ISU since 2001. Brewer is batting .429 with 11 runs scored during the streak. He has been moved into the leadoff spot for the last five games, where he has recorded a .542 on-base percentage.
The Cream and Crimson enter this week with a 15-9 mark and a 1-3 Big Ten record after dropping three out of four games to Northwestern this past weekend. IU takes on Indiana State on Wednesday, April 6, and heads to Minneapolis to take on Minnesota on Friday-Sunday, April 8-10.
Against the Wildcats, the Hoosiers took the series opener, 15-9, on Saturday, April 2, before NU reeled off victories in the final three games. Hoosier starter Josh Lewis tossed 6 1/3 innings to move his perfect record to 5-0. Coming off a career-high 10-strikeout performance against Longwood on March 26, the junior struck out eight Wildcat batters while giving up three runs with no base on balls.
In the series, junior Reggie Watson batted at a .579 clip (11-for-19) with three RBI, nine runs and three steals, including a career-high five-hit performance, in six at-bats, in game two. Sophomore Josh Richardson also turned in a productive four-game set, concluding the series hitting .562 (9-for-16).
Junior Jay Brant collected a hit in all four games against Northwestern to push his hitting streak to 18 games. The stretch is the longest for a Hoosier this season, besting junior Ryan Parker's 15-gamer and matching senior Joe Kemp's 14-game streak.
During the run, Brant is batting a remarkable .520 (39-for-75) with two homers, 19 RBI, 33 runs and eight doubles. The Indianapolis native also has stolen 12 bases in 13 attempts during the stretch.
Big Ten Leaders
Following its 15-9 start, teams are staring up at the Hoosiers in the Big Ten's hitting statistical rankings. With its .352 batting average, IU leads the conference in addition to leading the league with 18 home runs, 218 runs, 309 hits, 57 doubles, 13 triples and 46 stolen bases.
Individually, five Hoosiers lead the league in 11 categories. Junior Jay Brant is the Big Ten leader in batting average (.437), on-base percentage (.508), runs (40), hits (45) and total bases (66). Senior Joe Kemp sits at the top of the Big Ten in RBI (34) and is tied for the league lead with five home runs and 16 walks, and junior Reggie Watson is the league leader with five triples. Additionally junior Zach Boswell is the top man with a .678 slugging percentage and is tied for the No. 1 spot with Kemp in walks (16).
On the mound, junior Josh Lewis is tied for the conference lead with five victories, fourth in strikeouts (38) and seventh in innings pitched (37 1/3).
The .400 Club
Three Hoosiers are hitting over .400, contributing to the team's astounding .352 batting average. Junior Jay Brant leads the club, hitting at a .437 clip. Brant is followed by senior Corby Heckman (.429) and junior Zach Boswell (.414). Junior Reggie Watson is on his way to the .400 mark, holding a .384 average. The group has helped Indiana outscore its opponents 218-139 on the season.
Additionally, sophomore Bobby Segal registered his first career hit, RBI and run in the ballgame. The Indianapolis native cleared the bases with a pinch-hit triple to left center field and scored on an infield single by freshman David Trager.
Lewis Racking Up the K's
Big Ten Players Of The Week
IU also shut out Arkansas-Little Rock, 16-0, on March 6, and closed out DePauw, 5-0, in its season opener on Feb. 22.
Breaking Into The Win Column
Davidson joined McCombs after throwing five scoreless innings in IU's 16-0 win over Arkansas-Little Rock (March 6). The Novelty, Ohio, native held the Trojans to two hits in addition to striking out six batters.
On the season, the duo has given the pitching staff a huge lift. McCombs enters this week's action with a team-leading 0.56 ERA in 15 2/3 innings, and Davidson holds a 1.45 ERA in 18 23 innings of work.
Boswell crushed his first two home runs in a Hoosier uniform to go along with a pair of doubles and four runs scored. He ended the weekend 5-for-14 for a .357 average.
Shutting The Door
Morgan In Openers
Return To The Mound
Some New, Some Old
Along with the returning players, Indiana will enjoy a youth movement. Fifteen new faces will join the Hoosiers with six pitchers, three catchers, four infielders and two outfielders added into the mix.
Coaching Staff Update
The players are not the only new look to this Hoosier team, an entirely revamped staff has been added by head coach Bob Morgan. Clay Eason arrives from North Carolina State, where he was director of baseball operations, and primarily works with the pitchers. Eason was an All-American pitcher at N.C. State and was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1997.
Chris Moore is in his third season at IU and his first season as assistant coach. Moore serves as the team's hitting coach. Prior to being named an assistant, Moore spent two seasons as IU's volunteer assistant coach.
Replacing Moore as volunteer assistant is Ted Tom. Tom oversees the outfielders and will coach first base. He just completed his playing career at Shawnee State University.
Hoosiers Name Tri-Captains
McFarland's Daily Double
Same Faces, New Places
senior Corby Heckman has moved to the hot corner as IU's third baseman.
In addition to patrolling right field, senior Joe Kemp has returned to the mound for the first time since his sophomore season as the team's closer. Kemp fired 15 2/3 innings as a freshman and made one appearance, picking up a victory, on the mound as a sophomore.
Hoosiers In The Pros
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