Two-time Player of the Week Vasili Spanos leads the Hoosiers in RBI with 44
INDIANA UNIVERSITY HOOSIER BASEBALL NOTES
INDIANA THIS WEEK: Redhawks vs. Hoosiers
April 9, 2002
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STILL ON TOP After two four-game sets, the Hoosiers are sitting in a tie for the Big Ten conference lead with the Ohio State Buckeyes. Both teams are 6-2 in the conference. The teams meet up on April 19-21 at Sembower Field.
BEST START SINCE 1999 The Hoosiers' record of 23-6 is the best start since 1999. That year, after two Big Ten sets, the Hoosiers were 26-6 with a 5-3 mark in conference play.
INDIANA BASEBALL The 2002 campaign marks the 107th season Indiana has sponsored baseball as a varsity sport. During that time, the Hoosiers have squared off against 270 different opponents.
BIG TEN CONFERENCE Indiana University is a member of the Big Ten Conference. The Hoosiers and the University of Michigan do not meet on this year's regular season schedule. The Big Ten tournament is scheduled for May 22-25.
HOOSIERS TAKE THREE FROM IOWA The Hoosiers continued their hot Big Ten start when they hosted Iowa this past weekend. IU won the series, 3-1, thanks in part to pitching, defense and a little offense. The Hoosiers posted another comeback victory when they defeated the Hawkeyes, 10-7, in the series opener. The Hoosiers got down early, 6-0, and posted a great comeback to win the ballgame. The Saturday doubleheader featured the pitching and defense. IU got complete games from senior Zach Otte and junior Nick Vitielliss enroute to 5-1 and 6-1 victories. The Hoosiers turned five double plays in the two games to secure the wins. In the series closer, the Hoosier defense and pitching were not there as Iowa went on to win 17-13. The offense fought, but it was not meant to be as the Hoosiers dropped only their second conference game and had their six-game conference win streak snapped. "The disappointing thing is that we won the first three games and had a chance to sweep," said Head Coach Bob Morgan. "It's hard to beat a team four times in a row. We didn't play as well as we have been today. As good as our defense and pitching were yesterday, they were that bad today. Our offense fought for us today, but it just wasn't enough."
A LOOK AT THE REDHAWKS & THE SERIES The Miami Redhawks are currently 15-10 with a 2-2 mark in the MAC. They are coming off a split with conference rival Western Michigan in the conference opener. IU and Miami have gotten together 59 times with IU holding a 33-26 edge in the series. The last meeting was in 2001 when IU lost 5-1 in Oxford, Ohio.
REDHAWK LEADERS The Redhawks are led by Mike Galloway who is hitting .465 with eight homers and 32 RBI. David Cook also comes into Tuesday with a .311 avg. and five homers. Russ Bayer leads Miami's rotation with a 5-1 record and a 3.89 ERA in 41.2 innings of work.
SPRING TRIP SUCCESS The Hoosiers returned from their annual spring trip with an undefeated 7-0 record. Indiana won seven games in nine days while in Bradenton, Florida. The IU offense tallied 70 runs and 93 hits over seven games in Bradenton.
HOOSIERS RECEIVE VOTES IN POLL After opening the season with a 20-4 record, the Hoosier baseball team received votes in a college baseball poll this week for the first time this season. The Hoosiers received 13 votes in last week's Baseball Weekly/ESPN Top 25 College Coaches Poll represented by the American Baseball Coaches Association.
STREAKING SPANOS Junior third baseman Vasili Spanos is currently riding a 10-game hitting streak. In that streak he has 16 hits in 34 at-bats with 12 RBI and 13 runs scored. He also has three home runs and four doubles during this stretch.
SPANOS JOINS 100-HIT CLUB Junior third baseman Vasili Spanos notched his 100-hit of his career in Florida against Northern Illinois. The third baseman was 2-for-3 with two RBI in the victory. Spanos, a native of River Forest, Illinois, has registered 130 hits in his career. For the season, Spanos is batting .458 with a team-high 11 home runs and 44 RBI.
BLAKELEY ENTERS 100-RUN CLUB Senior Eric Blakeley entered an elite club at Indiana in the series against Illinois. The Hoosier shortstop scored a run for the 100th time on Sunday in IU's 4-0 win. Blakeley now has 106 runs overall.
SPANOS GOES BACK-TO-BACK Junior Vasili Spanos is the season's first back-to-back winner of the Big Ten Player of the Week honor. He shares this week with Mike Sokol of Michigan. Spanos won the honor last week after leading the Hoosiers to a 4-0 record as well as last week's 4-1 mark.
CONFERENCE LEADERS GALORE While the team is leading the Big Ten in ERA (3.59), there are several Hoosiers leading in individual categories. Spanos leads the conference in RBI (44), home runs (11), total bases (91), slugging pct. (.948) and on-base pct. (.552). Junior Kennard Jones is leading in hits (50), tied in stolen bases (18), runs scored (51), total plate appearances (136) and at-bats (120). In addition to leading in ERA, the team is second in team batting with a .349 avg.
MORGAN NEARING 1,000 With 978 career wins going into the weekend, Indiana head coach Bob Morgan is only 22 victories away from reaching the 1,000-win mark for his career. Morgan, who is the winningest coach in the history of Hoosier baseball, ranks second among all Big Ten head coaches in career victories, behind only Illinois' Richard "Itch" Jones. Jones enters the 2002 campaign with 1,126 career wins. Morgan ranks in the top 20 among all active coaches in both wins and in winning percentage. In fact, in the 26 years Morgan has been a head coach, he has only had one season in which his team did not enjoy a winning season.
BLAKELEY CAUGHT STEALING Although Bob Morgan may be in search of win number 1,000, but there is another Hoosier who is closing in on a career milestone. Shortstop Eric Blakeley has as he moved into a tie for 18th place on Indiana's career stolen base chart with 33 career steals.
SPANOS ENTERS TOP 20...MORE THAN ONCE With career numbers skyrocketing this season, junior Vasili Spanos is benefiting from this strong season. The third baseman has moved into 12th in career home runs with 27, 16th in extra base hits with 59 and is now in sole possession of 20th with 117 career RBI. The most interesting thing about it is that Spanos still has another season after this year. His numbers will continue to climb.
BIG TEN STANDINGS - APRIL 8