Baseball Heads to Columbus for Three with Ohio State

    Go Hoosiers! Josh Lyon and the Hoosiers will take on Ohio State for a three-game series in Columbus.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Josh Lyon and the Hoosiers will take on Ohio State for a three-game series in Columbus.
    Go Hoosiers!

    April 8, 2010

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    Indiana at Ohio State
    Bill Davis Stadium • Columbus, Ohio
    All games feature live video feed on

    Friday, April 9 - 6:35 p.m. ET
    Game broadcast live on WHCC 105.1 FM in Bloomington
    Big Ten Network rebroadcast Saturday, 4/10, 6 p.m.

    IU - LHP Matt Igel (0-3, 9.00) | OSU - RHP Alex Wimmers (6-0, 1.98)
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    Saturday, April 10 - 1:05 p.m. ET
    Big Ten Network rebroadcast Sunday, 4/11, 5 p.m.
    IU - LHP Drew Leininger (4-1, 1.66) | OSU - RHP Drew Rucinski (3-1, 2.53)
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    Sunday, April 11 - 1:05 p.m. ET
    Big Ten Network rebroadcast Tuesday, 4/13, 2 p.m.
    IU - RHP Walker Stadler (3-2, 5.06) | OSU - RHP Dean Wolosiansky (2-3, 5.60)
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    The Indiana baseball team faces an early-season conference test as it enters a three-game set at preseason conference title favorite Ohio State. The Hoosiers took one of three from Michigan in the Big Ten-opening weekend and defeated Ball State on Tuesday to move to 14-13 on the season. IU has amassed 38 runs on 41 hits over the last two games, including a 26-6 victory over Michigan that was the most lopsided win in series history. OSU is 17-8 after a midweek win over Xavier. The Buckeyes took two of three at Northwestern in their opening conference season.

    This weekend's games will feature a live video stream on and the broadcasts will be shown later in the weekend on the Big Ten Network. Friday night's game will also be on Hoosier Country 105.1 FM in Bloomington.

    Indiana and Ohio State split games last year, with the Buckeyes winning in Florida and the Hoosiers winning 13-3 at the Big Ten Tournament. This is the first time in the last three years that the teams have met in the regular season, as OSU was the team off the Hoosiers' schedule in 2008 and 2009. OSU swept a four-game home series from IU in 2007.

    When Indiana University signed the top pitcher and hitter for one of the best high school teams in the nation in 2008, the Hoosiers knew that they were getting a pair of quality players who could help them toward the top of the Big Ten. But the return that IU has gotten out of Poway (Calif.) High School's Drew Leininger and Alex Dickerson this season has been extreme, as the two are among the top pitchers and hitters, respectively, in the Big Ten this year.

    Both also picked up honors over the last couple weeks, as Leininger earned a spot on the College Baseball Foundation's National Pitcher of the Year Watch List and Dickerson was named Big Ten co-Player of the Week last Monday. Leininger is one of three conference pitchers on the Watch List, joining Ohio State's Alex Wimmers and Northwestern's Francis Brooke.

    No Hoosier enjoyed the Florida sun more than left fielder Alex Dickerson. The Preseason Third Team All-American went 14-for-30 (.467) with three doubles, five home runs and 15 RBI in IU's seven games at the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational.

    Remarkably, he has actually improved his numbers since departing Florida. Over IU's nine games since spring break, he is hitting .561 with four home runs, 14 RBI and 12 runs with just four strikeouts in 44 plate appearances. He is second on the team behind Jerrud Sabourin in all those categories since the break.

    He also has put together a 21-game hitting streak, and has reached base in all 27 of Indiana's games this year. Dickerson is in the running for the conference's triple crown, as he leads the Big Ten with 12 home runs and 39 RBI and is second in the conference (behind Sabourin) with a .444 batting average. He also entered the week 10th in the nation in slugging.

    But perhaps the most impressive part of Dickerson's game this season is what he has done while out of the batter's box. The Poway native played mostly at designated hitter last year, but worked hard while playing for the Wareham Gatemen of the Cape Cod League on improving his defense in the outfield over the summer, and has 48 putouts and an outfield assist without an error this year.

    The lefty set an IU freshman record last year with 14 home runs to go along with a .370 batting average and 57 RBI. He was the first Hoosier in school history to take home Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors. He is currently 15th in school history with his 26 career longballs.

    He may be one of the most mild-mannered athletes you will ever meet, but first baseman Jerrud Sabourin is one of the most consistent players in IU Baseball history. He posted his 200th career hit against Bradley and suddenly has entered the top five on IU's career hit list.

    Sabourin had a career day against Xavier, matching the school record with five hits and delivering career highs with two home runs, four RBI and five runs scored. He added four hits and five runs on Sunday against Michigan, then tacked on four hits and a homer against Ball State. He now has posted as many games with four or more hits (5) as he has with one hit.

    He leads the Big Ten with his .480 average and his 59 hits trail only Tennessee Tech's Chad Oberacker, who has played three more games and has 17 more at-bats. Sabourin is averaging an amazing 2.19 hits per game, and is on pace to break the IU record of 106 hits in a season. Alex Smith (1985) needed 74 games to set that record, while Sabourin is on pace to do it in 49.

    Sabourin's path to the Hoosiers was a bit unconventional, as the San Diego native originally committed to Arizona as a pitcher, but was cut on the first day of fall practice. Smith saw the lefty in a workout and offered him a roster spot as a walk-on at the winter break before the 2008 season.




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