April 5, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
Indiana Baseball looks to win its third consecutive Big Ten series this weekend, traveling to Champaign, Ill., for a three-game set with the Fighting Illini. Overall, the Hoosiers have seven of their last 10 games and are just a half game back from the top spot in the Big Ten standings entering the weekend.
The series will open with a night game starting at 6:05 pm local (7:05 eastern), followed by a 3:05 pm (4:05 EST) first pitch on Saturday and concluding at 1:05 pm (2:05 EST) on Sunday. Indiana will throw a pair southpaws on the mound to start the series while Illinois counters with a trio of right-handed hurlers. The Hoosiers Sunday started is yet to be determined.
Friday, April 6 - 7:05 pm EST (6:05 local)
LHP Joey DeNato (4-1, 2.51) vs. RHP Kevin Johnson (5-1, 2.86)
Saturday, April 7 - 4:05 pm EST (3:05 local)
LHP Kyle Hart (1-2, 2.87) vs. RHP John Kravetz (4-2, 4.78)
Sunday, April 8 - 2:05 pm EST (1:05 local)
TBD vs. RHP Josh Ferry (2-1, 6.01)
Illinois leads the all-time series 108-70-1, but the Hoosiers have won two of the last three series by taking two-out-of-three in 2009 and 2010.
Hoosier fans have plenty options to follow the action this weekend. Friday's game can be heard on WHCC 105.1 FM in Bloomington. A free audio broadcast will be available for all three games at IUHoosiers.com. In addition, live video streams will be provided by IUHoosiers.com All-Access for games one and two; and on BTN.com for Sunday's contest. A subscription fee is required for all video feeds. On the go and can't get in front of a computer? Make sure to follow @KKatIU on twitter for periodical game updates.
Complete Weekend Notes
TRAVIS IS GOING STREAKING
Freshman Sam Travis has reached base in all 29 games this season and is riding a 16-game hitting streak into the weekend. And when his teammates get on base, Travis excels moving them along. With runners aboard, the 40th Round Draft Pick of the Cincinnati Reds is hitting .477 entering the weekend series at Penn State.
During the hitting streak, Travis is batting .441 with a .678 slugging percentage. Add his .514 on-base percentage and the Orland Park, Ill., native owns an OPS of just under 1.200 (1.192) over the last 16 contests. He's ripped three homeruns, five doubles and driven in 20 runs since March 11 (start of the streak).
HOOSIERS ALL OVER WEEKLY CONFERENCE HONORS
The Big Ten Conference awards a Player, Pitcher and Freshman of the Week each Monday throughout the season. Through the first seven weeks of the year, a conference-best seven Hoosiers have been recognized by the league office. Sam Travis leads the way with four such laurels, winning back-to-back Player of the Week and Freshman of the Week accolades (March 26 & April 2). A complete list of Hoosier winners is below:
Chris Sujka: Freshman (February 27)
Kyle Schwarber: Freshman (March 5)
Joey DeNato: Pitcher (March 19)
Sam Travis: Player (March 26/April 2); Freshman (March 26/April 2)
Indiana's seven honorees are followed by: Purdue (6), Illinois (3), Northwestern (3), Michigan (2), Nebraska (2), Iowa (1), Ohio State (1), Minnesota (1), Michigan State (1), Penn State (0).
HOME SWEET HOME FOR SOME VETERANS
Sembower Field has been very kind to juniors Michael Basil and Walker Stadler, as well as, sophomore Dustin DeMuth. In six games at home, Basil is hitting .520 with two homeruns, six RBI and slugging percentage of .840. DeMuth is right behind him batting a .500 clip with three doubles, a triple, four RBI and a .708 slugging number. On the mound, Stadler has made a team-high three appearances in Sembower. He's gone 4.2 innings in relief, striking out four, holding the opposition to a dismal .167 batting average en route to a unblemished 0.00 ERA.
FRESHMAN: HERE, THERE, EVERYWHERE
Fifty-three percent of Indiana's starters through 29 games have been freshmen (153 of 290; counting pitchers). The Hoosier youth increases even more when including only position players in the batting order (no pitcher/DH), with 61% of starts coming from freshmen. In fact, there are no senior position players on the IU roster and just two senior pitchers. Indiana's offensive production has been fueled by rookie Hoosiers:
PERCENTAGE OF OVERALL TEAM PRODUCTION COMING FROM FRESHMEN
Homeruns: 72% (13 of 18)
Runs Batted In: 67% (88 of 132)
Doubles: 62% (32 of 52)
Hits: 58% (149 of 257)
Runs Scored: 58% (89 of 154)
Triples: 55% (6 of 11)