Hoosiers Host Sycamores at Sembower

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    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.

    Follow the games live by clicking here. Additionally, the contest will be broadcast on WIUS AM 1570. Click here to listen to the broadcast.

    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.

    Hoosier Report
    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).

    Streaking Hoosiers
    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.

    Season-Best Performance
    Picking up season-high offensive totals, Indiana earned a 24-9 victory over Shawnee State on March 30. IU registered season-bests in hits with 22 and runs with 24, eclipsing the previous highs of 21 hits and 17 runs set against Illinois State on March 15.

    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
    Along with improving to 4-0 this season, Josh Lewis turned in a career performance against Longwood on March 26. Pitching in the first game of the doubleheader, the junior struck out a career-high 10 Lancers, breaking his old high of seven vs. Northwestern on March 22, 2003. Lewis is tied for the Big Ten lead with four victories and has 30 Ks in 2005.

    Big Ten Players Of The Week
    With their efforts on the Hoosiers' spring break trip, juniors Jay Brant and Zach Boswell earned Big Ten Player of the Week selections. Brant picked up his first career honor on March 15, and Boswell scored his first accolade on March 21. The duo joins Joe Kemp, who was selected the conference Player of the Week on March 1, as winners of the award in 2005. Kemp received the recognition for the second time of his career.

    Shooting Blanks
    The Indiana pitching staff recorded a pair of shutouts over spring break, blanking Yale, 8-0, on March 14 to go along with a 9-0 whitewashing of St. Francis-NY on March 21. With the shutouts, the Hoosiers now have four on the 2005 campaign, the most since the 2003 club recorded five.

    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.

    Florida was very good to the Cream and Crimson, especially for three newcomers. Sophomore Joe Trucchio earned his first Division I win against Illinois State (March 15) and later in the trip picked up his first Division I save vs. Kent State (March 20).

    Offensively, freshmen Arden McWilliams and David Trager collected their first collegiate hits against St. Francis-NY (March 21). Trager also netted his first RBI against the Terriers.

    Close Encounters
    After three of Indiana's games were decided by one run, with two of them decided in extra innings, at the Service Academy Classic, the Hoosiers played another one-run contest at the Gent Classic followed by a one-run battle against Butler. IU rallied with two runs in the top of the ninth inning to beat Centenary, 4-3 on March 4 before falling 11-10 against Butler on March 10. The Cream and Crimson is now 3-2 in one-run ballgames. Last season, Indiana went 3-8 in one-run games.

    Breaking Into The Win Column
    A pair of freshman earned their first career victories at the Gent Classic. Freshman Chris McCombs fired three scoreless innings, giving up one hit with two punchouts against Centenary (March 4) as the Hoosiers rallied for a 4-3 win.

    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.

    All-Tournament Team
    After posting a 2-1 record at the Service Academy Classic, senior Joe Kemp and junior Zach Boswell were selected to the all-tournament team. Kemp concluded the event 5-for-13 with two home runs, six RBI and four runs scored. In addition, the lefty picked up his first victory on the mound since the 2002 season, earning the win in Indiana's extra-inning triumph over Memphis.

    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
    The Hoosiers' 5-0 shutout victory over DePauw was the first for Indiana since a 4-0 victory on March 4 of last season at Butler. It also was IU's first season-opening shutout since a 6-0 win against Findlay on Feb. 28, 2003, and first home season-opening shutout since Feb. 18, 2002, a 15-0 victory over Taylor.

    Morgan In Openers
    IU head coach Bob Morgan has built an impressive resume in his 22 seasons at Indiana. Along with ranking 11th among active Division I coaches with 1,059 career victories, Morgan has never lost a home opener, and 2005 was no different. The Hoosiers downed DePauw, 5-0, giving Morgan his 22nd consecutive victory to open the Sembower Field season. Morgan also improved his record in regular-season openers to 15-7.

    Return To The Mound
    For the first time since his sophomore season in 2002, Joe Kemp toed the rubber in a regular-season game. The fifth-year senior closed out IU's 5-0 season-opening victory over DePauw with a scoreless ninth inning. Kemp struck out three of the four batters he faced, walking one. In game two at the Service Academy Classic, Kemp notched his first win since 2002, as the Hoosiers defeated Memphis, 9-8, in 10 innings.

    Some New, Some Old
    Despite losing nine letterwinners, including three players to the pros, the 2005 Indiana baseball team is a mix of youth and experience. Seventeen letterwinners return led by right fielder Joe Kemp, center fielder Reggie Watson, and infielders Jay Brant, Corby Heckman and Ryan Parker. All five were starters on last season's ballclub and will attempt to lift the Hoosiers back into the upper echelon of the Big Ten.

    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
    Joe Kemp, Corby Heckman and Reggie Watson have been named tri-captains for this year's team. Kemp is a senior right fielder that also will see action as the team's closer. Heckman, a senior, will start the season at third base after seeing time at first and second base last year. Watson is a junior center fielder who started 52 of 53 games last season.

    McFarland's Daily Double
    In addition to his duties on the baseball diamond, sophomore Graeme McFarland has returned to the IU football team. After leaving the team in 2004, McFarland will attend spring practice and play under new head coach Terry Hoeppner along with fulfilling his duties as a pitcher with the baseball team. McFarland appeared in a pair of football games in 2003, throwing for 152 yards in his only career start at Minnesota.

    Same Faces, New Places
    A pair of veterans are seeing playing time at new positions this year. After receiving action at first and second base his first three seasons,

    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
    A pair of Indiana baseball players were selected on the second day of the 2004 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft. Cody Wargo was drafted in the 27th round by the Baltimore Orioles and Joe Kemp went to the Texas Rangers in the 42nd round. Seth Bynum and Kevin Mahar signed with the Montreal Expos and the Texas Rangers, respectively, prior to the draft.




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