April 7, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
After a four games on the road, the Hoosiers (18-10) return to Sembower Field this weekend to host Ohio State (10-11) in a three game series to open Big Ten play at home.
Both IU and Ohio State come into this weekend tied for the Big Ten conference lead at 2-1. The Hoosiers took the conference opening series on the road against Michigan and the Buckeyes did the same against Northwestern at home.
All three games this weekend will be played at Sembower Field in Bloomington. Friday's game is a 3:05 p.m. start and will pit junior LHP Blake Monar (3-1, 3.82) for IU against senior RHP Drew Rucinski (2-1, 2.30) for Ohio State. Games two and three will be 1:05 p.m. start times and see IU RHP Chad Martin (1-1, 2.09) take on OSU RHP Brett McKinney (1-1, 4.08) on Saturday and Hoosier RHP Matt Dearden (2-1, 4.35) opposite Buckeye RHP Greg Greve (1-1, 6.39) on Sunday.
Indiana is 18-10 overall on the season after dropping a non-conference contest against Miami (OH) on Tuesday, 6-1. The Hoosiers are led at the plate by freshman infielder Dustin DeMuth, whose 45 hits are tops in the Big Ten.
Ohio State's record on the season fell to 10-11 after losing to the same Miami (OH) team, 12-4, a day after the Redhawks defeated the Hoosiers. The Buckeye offense is driven by junior infielder Ryan Cypret, who is batting .393 on the season with a team best 16 RBI.
Complete Games Notes
FIVE YEAR WAIT
Ohio State is playing at Indiana for the first time since the 2006 season. The teams played Big Ten series in Columbus in 2007 and again in 2010. The two met only in the Big Ten tournament in 2008 and 2009 - both IU wins - and Ohio State claimed a 2-0 non-conference win in Winter Haven Fla., in 2009, a game in which Alex Wimmers and Blake Monar were each spectacular. *note courtesy of Jerry Emig, Ohio State Athletic Communications.
Ohio State leads the all-time series with Indiana that began in 1897, 156-99.
IN THE LAST GO-AROUND
The Hoosiers and Buckeyes last met almost exactly one year ago in Columbus, with Ohio State taking two out of three in conference series. OSU's offense was on display that weekend, scoring 21 runs in three games. The lone Hoosier victory was a 6-4, 10-inning affair in game two of the series. Micah Johnson led the way for Indiana offensively, putting up seven hits and three RBI on the weekend.
ALL-TIME RECORD WATCH
Indiana Senior first baseman Sabourin is poised to break the school's all-time hits record. Sabourin comes into this weekend with 297 career hits, just nine shy of Mike Smith, who set the all-time mark with 306 between 1989 and 1992. Sabourin has started 201 straight games as a Hoosier, amassing 151 RBI and a career .358 batting average along the way.
Junior left fielder Alex Dickerson has sights honed in an all-time school record as well. With six more homeruns, he will become IU's all-time Homerun King with 48 longballs, doing so in just three seasons. For a list of other career records in jeopardy, go to page eight of the game notes.
DOING IT BIG IN THE BIG TEN
A Hoosier can be found at the top of five Big Ten statistical categories. Micah Johnson paces the league in both stolen bases (17) and runs scored (30). Indiana pitchers Chad Martin, Ryan Halstead and Joey DeNato are top dogs in ERA (2.09), saves (5) and pick-offs (8), respectively.
SABOURIN'S HEATING UP
One of the Big Ten's best hitters the past three seasons, Jerrud Sabourin, got off to a slow start in 2011 but has been turning it on as of late. Indiana's first baseman is fresh off a 10-game hitting streak in which he hit .342 and drove in 10 runs. With 297 career hits, the San Diego, Calif., native is just nine base knocks away from becoming IU's all-time hit king.