HOOSIERS HOST PURDUE
April 6, 1999 HOOSIERS HOST PURDUE
THIS WEEK: Indiana hosts instate rival Purdue this weekend. The Hoosiers open the four-game series Friday with a 3 p.m. start at Sembower Field. The series continues with a Saturday double header beginning at 1 p.m. and concludes on Sunday with one game at 1 p.m.
THE OPPONENT:.The Boilermakers come in at 11-15 after a 23-7 defeat at the hands of Ball State on Wednesday. Purdue trailed 4-3 going into the fifth when the Cardinals exploded for eight runs in both the fifth and sixth innings. Sophomore RF Mike Rose went 2-4 while junior C Eric Frei hit his fourth home run of the year for the Boilers. Junior SS Daryl Hallada (.417, 5 HR, 27 RBI, 28 R, .704 SLG %) and junior 1B Ryan Cole (.385, 6 HR, 29 RBI, .659 SLG %) lead the Purdue offense. The Boilermaker pitching staff is led by junior LHP Russ Morgan (1-2, 3.61 ERA, 40 SO, 2CG, 1 SHO, 42.1 IP) and sophomore LHP David Gassner (3-2, 4.86 ERA, 37 SO, 37.1 IP). Currently, Purdue is 1-3 in Big Ten play, tied with IU and Michigan State for 7th place, after losing three of four to Minnesota last weekend. The Hoosiers and Boilers split last year's series as Indiana took the Saturday doubleheader 8-3, 12-2.
ON THE HILL: Senior RHP Jason Torres, who leads the Big Ten in ERA, will get the call on Friday, senior RHP Chad Smith and freshman LHP Brad Edwards will go on Saturday and sophomore LHP David Ferris will take the hill on Sunday.
EARLIER IN THE WEEK: The Hoosiers picked up their 22nd win of the season Tuesday afternoon with an 8-5 win over Indiana State. Junior RF Doug DeVore went 3-5 with a run and an RBI while Ryan Schade, Jason Williams, Dan Haegele and Mark Minor chipped in two hits a piece. Indiana jumped to an early 2-0 first inning lead on Brandt Childs' two-run home run. The Sycamores responded with three runs of their own to take a 3-2 lead but IU come back with four more in the fourth. In the sixth, Schade drilled his first collegiate home run and freshman Eric Blakely drove home another run with an RBI single. The Sycamore pitching staff set a school record by hitting eight Hoosier batters. Haegele, Childs, Blakely and Blake St. Clair were plunked twice each. ISU also set another school record in turning four double plays. Sophomore RHP Zack McClellan struck out seven in five strong innings to up his record to 3-0 on the year. The Toledo native is 6-0 lifetime at Indiana.
LOOKING AHEAD: Indiana hosts Michigan State in a four-game series at Sembower Field April 16-18. The Spartans are tied with IU and Purdue in 7th place with a 2-6 Big Ten record and are 13-13 overall. MSU hosts Penn State this weekend in East Lansing. Last season, the Hoosiers earned a split in East Lansing.
HOOSIER NOTES - INDIVIDUAL
At the Plate: Junior RF Doug DeVore leads the Big Ten in home runs (12), RBI's (35) and sports a .379 average...went 5-14 (.357) with five runs, three HR's and three RBI's last week....the Dublin, Ohio native leads the team in slugging percentage (.864) and has been issued four intentional walks...DeVore also has 11 multiple hit games, six of them with three or more hits...with 12 home runs, DeVore moved to 10th on the all-time best list in single season home runs...with a .391 average, senior CF Jason Williams ranks sixth in the Big Ten ...the senior from Carmel has not committed an error in 26 starts (25 chances)...sophomore LF Blake St. Clair had a 14 game hitting streak snapped at Penn State... St. Clair leads the Big Ten and is third in the nation in triples with five...he also is tied for fifth in the league with 10 stolen bases...the Bellefontaine, Ohio native leads the team with a .520 on base percentage...St. Clair drilled a grand slam earlier in the year against Pittsburgh...senior C Brandt Childs returned to the lineup after missing two weeks following knee surgery...a third-team All-Big Ten selection last year, has only two errors in 153 chances behind the dish... Childs hit .357 last weekend with 7 RBI and 4 runs...Childs is tied for fourth in the Big Ten with six home runs...sophomore DH Dan Haegele is tied for the Big Ten lead in runs scored (53) and leads the league with 16 stolen bases...the Westerville, Ohio native has been hit by a pitch 10 times and has earned 19 walks...freshman 1B Mark Minor has become an important contributor to the Indiana lineup...Minor started all four games last weekend at first base...the Dublin, Ohio native went 2-2 with two runs scored against IUPUI...senior 3B Frank O'Connell went 2-3 with two doubles and two RBI in the win over IUPUI....the Fishers native also had a big eighth inning RBI single at Kentucky that put Indiana ahead for good...after struggling at the plate as a freshman, sophomore SS Ryan Schade has become an added weapon in the Indiana attack...the Lewisburg, Pennsylvania native hit .333 at Penn State with a triple and two RBI...in 14 chances Schade only committed one error....he also made his first start of the season at second base Tuesday against Indiana State, going 2-4 with a double.
On the Mound: RHP Jason Torres leads the Big Ten in ERA (1.85) and has given up only six earned runs in his last 34 innings...the senior from Chesterton has punched out 33 batters in his last three starts, giving him 48 on the year...he stands third in the Big Ten, tied with Brad Edwards in the strikeout department...opposing batters are hitting .178 against him...he also has two complete games to his credit...RHP Nick Otte dropped to 6-1 giving up the two winning runs on FridayOtte leads the Big Ten in victories...junior RHP Chris Wilson moved to 2-0 on the season recording the lone win of weekend out of the bullpen...Wilson saved four games last season to lead the Hoosiers freshman LHP Brad Edwards is 3-0 and is tied with Torres in strikeouts (48)...Edwards pitched 3.2 innings in the only win against the Nittany Lions...senior RHP Chad Smith struck out nine on Saturday (game one of double header) in a losing effort...Smith is 3-4 on the year with a 4.54 ERA...with his win on Tuesday, sophomore RHP Zack McClellan went to 6-0 for his Indiana career...Indiana pitchers have punched out 285 batters on the year and opponents are only hitting .253 against them as a staff.
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