Hoosiers Head to East Lansing For a Big Series Against Michigan State
Two-time Player of the Week Vasili Spanos leads the Big Ten in RBI with 44
INDIANA BASEBALL GAME NOTES
Hoosiers at Michigan State
East Lansing, Mich.
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 24-6 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.
HOOSIER 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.
SENIORS LEAD HOOSIERS TO MIDWEEK VICTORY After a 3-1 series victory over Iowa in conference play, the Hoosiers took on the Miami of Ohio Redhawks in a midweek non-conference battle.
The Hoosiers were victorious for the 24th time this season after they came back to defeat Miami 10-7.
IU was led by senior shortstop Eric Blakeley who went 4-6 with his sixth home run of the season and three RBI. Senior Gibran Hamdan had a perfect day with a 4-4 performance and three RBI. Classmate Mark Minor also had a RBI single for the Hoosiers to make it a "Senior Day" at Sembower Field.
Junior righthanded reliever Ryan Smith posted his second win of the season with two scoreless innings.
The Hoosier bats were alive as they pounded out 15 hits and scored five or more runs for the 24th time. IU improved its record to 2-0 over the Mid-American Conference this season.
"A midweek win like this builds confidence,"said Blakeley. "It's good to come out and get a win like this because it gives us some momentum heading into a big series this weekend at Michigan State."
A LOOK AT THE SPARTANS & THE SERIES The Michigan State Spartans come into this weekend with a 20-6 overall record and a 4-3 mark in the conference. MSU is tied with IU for the ninth-fewest losses in the nation overall.
The teams have gotten together 130 times with IU winning 57 and losing 73. The teams last met up three years and one day ago, April 18, 1999, with MSU pulling out an 8-4 victory.
SPARTAN LEADERS The Spartans are led by Bob Malek who comes into the weekend batting .431 with a Big Ten-leading 13 doubles. Chris McCuiston is now the Big Ten leader in home runs with 12 and he carries a .367 avg. into the weekend.
Nick Bates leads the pitching staff with a 7-0 record and a 2.76 ERA and three complete games. Bryan Gale is another workhorse on the mound with 47.1 innings and a 4.94 ERA
SIX LOSSES...NINTH FEWEST IN THE NATION The Hoosiers' 24-6 record may not be breaking records, but the number of losses ranks nationally.
The Hoosiers have only lost six times and the total is the ninth-lowest in the nation this season.
The Hoosiers are Wake Forest, Ohio State, Michigan State and former-No. 1 Stanford for this ranking.
SPANOS' STREAK SNAPPED Junior third baseman Vasili Spanos had his 10-game hit streak snapped on Tuesday. In that streak he had 16 hits in 34 at-bats with 12 RBI and 13 runs scored. He also had three homers and four doubles during the 10-game 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 in IU's 4-0 win over Illinois. Blakeley now has 108 runs overall.
SPANOS IS TWO-TIME PLAYER OF THE WEEK 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 Hoosiers in the top three in individual categories.
Spanos leads the conference in RBI (44), total bases (91), slugging pct. (.948) and on-base pct. (.552). He is also second in home runs with 11.
Junior Kennard Jones is leading in hits (52), tied in stolen bases (18), runs scored (53), total plate appearances (141) and at-bats (124).
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.
COACHES EXPECTING IU assistant coaches Tony Kestranek and Jeff Calcaterra are both expecting new children this season.
Kestranek's wife is due at any time and if you see him run from the ballpark during a game, you'll know why.
THE RECORD WATCH
Indiana Team Batting Average Rk Year Hits AB Avg.
1. 1988 623 1756 .355
2. 2002 358 1021 .351
3. 1992 603 1723 .350
Single Season Batting Average 1. Mike Smith 1992 .490
2. Vasili Spanos 2002 .449
3. Ted Kluszewski 1945 .443
Single Season ERA 1. Vernon Wilshere 1934 1.10
2. Gary Sargent 1967 1.20
3. Adam Pegg 2002 1.38
4. Erv Inninger 1965 1.53
5. Dave Granger 1963 1.58
6. Ryan Smith 2002 1.59
7. Gary Sargent 1968 1.68
8. Don Dunker 1941 1.80
9. Zach Otte 2002 1.91
10. Gary Sargent 1966 1.97
Indiana Career Home Runs 1. Mike Sabo 85-88 47
Mike Smith 89-92 47
3. Alex Smith 82-86 43
4. Mickey Morandini 85-88 37
5. Bill Mueller 82-85 36
6. Kevin Orie 91-93 34
7. Steve Smella 93-96 31
8. Phil Dauphin 88-90 29
9. Doug Devore 97-99 28
Larry Blackwell 79-82 28
Mike Crotty 94-97 28
12. Vasili Spanos 00-02 27
Indiana Career Big Ten Home Runs 1. Mike Smith 89-92 27
2. Kevin Orie 91-93 14
Phil Dauphin 88-90 14
Vasili Spanos 00-02 14
5. Doug Devore 97-99 13
Robert Crotty 94-97 13
Indiana Career Big Ten Triples 1. Phil Dauphin 88-90 10
2. Jamie Bucaro 76-78 6
3. Mike Sabo 85-88 5
Mickey Morandini 85-88 5
5. Jason Williams 97-00 4
Robert Johnson 78-79 4
Eric Blakeley 99-02 4
Frank O'Connell 98-99 4
HOOSIERS AT THE PLATE Multiple Hit Games Name 2 3 4 5+ Total
Kennard Jones 12 4 1 1 18
Vasili Spanos 12 3 - - 15
Eric Blakeley 11 2 1 - 14
Mark Calkins 7 4 - - 11
Gibran Hamdan 6 2 2 - 10
Kenny Marrs 7 - - - 7
Nick Evans 4 2 - - 6
Ryan Donley 3 1 1 - 5
Joe Kemp 4 - - - 4
Josh Romero 3 - - - 3
Bill Geiger 2 - - - 2
Michael Woodside 1 1 - - 2
Cody Wargo 2 - - - 2
Jay Brant 1 - 1 - 2
Brad DeStefano 1 - - - 1
Brian Bucciarelli 1 - - - 1
Multiple RBI Games Name 2 3 4 5+ Total
Vasili Spanos 7 3 2 1 13
Eric Blakeley 5 4 - 2 11
Gibran Hamdan 4 3 1 - 8
Mark Calkins 3 2 1 1 7
Joe Kemp 4 2 1 - 7
Nick Evans 4 1 - - 5
Kennard Jones 2 2 - - 4
Kenny Marrs 4 - - - 4
Jay Brant 2 - 1 - 3
Ryan Donley 2 - - - 2
Jeff Meyrowitz 2 - - - 2
Bill Geiger 1 1 - - 2
Cody Wargo 1 - - - 1
Corby Heckman 1 - - - 1
Mark Minor 1 - - - 1
Hitting Streaks Name Longest Current
Kennard Jones 14 3
Mark Calkins 11 1
Kenny Marrs 11 -
Vasili Spanos 10 -
Eric Blakeley 8 8
Gibran Hamdan 7 2
Jay Brant 6 -
Nick Evans 5 3
Joe Kemp 5 5
Mark Minor 3 3
Jeff Meyrowitz 3 1
Corby Heckman 2 -
Josh Romero 2 1
Ryan Donley 2 1
Brad DeStefano 2 2
Bill Geiger 2 -
Cody Wargo 2 -
Michael Woodside 1 -
Brian Bucciarelli 1 -
IU IN THE NATIONAL RANKS (As of April 8)
Team Batting Rank AB Hits Avg.
8th 982 343 .349
Team Scoring Rank Runs Avg.
9th 274 9.4
Team Earned Run Average Rank IP R ER ERA
24th 235.1 274 94 3.60
Team Win/Loss Percentage Rank Wins Losses Ties Pct.
11th 24 6 0 .800
Rank Name AB Hits Avg.
24th Vasili Spanos 96 44 .458
Home Runs per Game Rank Name G HR PG
T-22nd Vasili Spanos 29 11 0.38
RBI per Game Rank Name G RBI PG
11th Vasili Spanos 29 44 1.52
T-30th Eric Blakeley 29 39 1.34
Stolen Bases per Game Rank Name G SB SBA PG
T-22nd Kennard Jones 29 18 23 0.62
Earned Run Average Rank Name IP R ER ERA
T-37th Zach Otte 37.2 11 8 1.91
Rank Name G IP Saves
T-23rd Ryan Smith 12 15.1 5
2002 BASEBALL BIO UPDATES 25 Chris Behrens
Stafford, Va./Brooke Point
Has made six appearances with one start...threw two innings and gave up one run on three hits in 14-4 win over DePauw...threw two innings and gave up one run on four hits in 21-1 victory over Manhattan...also threw two innings against Detroit Mercy and gave up one run on two hits and struck out two.
3 Eric Blakeley
Senior leader on and off the field...has hit a career-high six homers and 42 RBI this season...hit game-winning home run against Illinois to win series 3-1...has started all 30 games for the Hoosiers at shortstop...went 5-10 in sweep of Detroit Mercy...second on team in stolen bases (8).
29 Pat Boucher
Pasadena, Md./Charleston Southern
Has made eight appearances on the mound for the Hoosiers in the 2002 season...got the start against Yale and threw four innings and gave up just two runs on three hits...threw five innings of relief against Wright State and gave up just one run on four hits and struck out five...picked up his first win of the season against Valparaiso when he threw 2.2 innings and gave up just two runs on three hits.
21 Jay Brant
Indianapolis, Ind./Brebeuf Jesuit
Has started 24 games at second base for the Hoosiers...has a .237 average in 80 at-bats...hit his first IU home run against Detroit Mercy in a 22-2 victory...has three doubles and 10 RBI on the season...hit his second home run of the season against Iowa in 17-13 defeat.
22 Brian Bucciarelli
Hoffman Estates, Ill./Fremd
Has been utilized in a pinch-hitting role...has a .333 avg. in 12 at-bats this season...has a double, a walk and a RBI this season...has appeared in 10 games in his first season.
2 Mark Calkins
Is a strong competitor in left field...has made 26 starts this season all in left field...is fourth on the team with a .379 average in 95 at-bats...homered and had five RBI in season opener against Taylor...also had a home run and four RBI against Xavier...has 28 RBI on the season with seven doubles, two triples and three homers.
11 Jacob Cary
Bruceville, Ind./North Knox
One of IU's top starters...threw a complete game in a 6-4 loss to Illinois...has thrown 45.0 innings including two eight inning appearances in Florida...had won three straight starts heading into Illinois game...threw four innings of scoreless ball against Taylor in 15-0 win.
14 Brad DeStefano
Has appeared in two games and has three hits in his five at-bats...has a stolen base and was also hit by a pitch.
27 Nick Evans
Has appeared in 19 games with 17 starts...went 2-4 with three RBI against Detroit Mercy...is holding a three-game hit streak...had a pair of RBI at East Tennessee State, Xavier, Northern Illinois and in game three against Detroit Mercy.
20 Bill Geiger
Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove
Appeared in six games...went 2-2 with three RBI against Detroit Mercy...also went 2-3 against Manhattan and had a RBI.
17 Gibran Hamdan
N. Potomac, Md./Bishop O'Connell
Is splitting time between baseball and football for the Hoosiers...has started 25 games for the Hoosiers this season...is batting .360...has eight doubles and four home runs this season...hit game-winning grand slam against Wright State...is backup quarterback for the Hoosier football team.
18 Corby Heckman
Spencer, Ind./Owen Valley
Has seen limited action in his first season as a Hoosier...has two RBI in seven at-bats...has walked one time.
35 Roy Irle
Has appeared in five games for the Hoosiers...made first IU start against Valparaiso and threw two innings...threw an inning of scoreless relief against Manhattan in Florida.
10 Kennard Jones
Beltsville, Md./Wallace State C.C.
IU's lead off hitter and top center fielder...is second on team and fourth in Big Ten in batting with a .419 average...has started every game for the Hoosiers...has played center field in every game for IU...leads conference in hits with 52, runs with 53 and is second in stolen bases with 18.
12 Joe Kemp
Bowie, Md./Riverdale Baptist
Is IU's utility player that can pitch and play the field...has made 23 starts for the Hoosiers and has 24 RBI...has walked 15 times in 83 at-bats...homered against East Tennessee State and had four RBI...leads the team with three triples...Hoosiers are 10-1 when Kemp starts as DH.
28 Kenny Marrs
Olney, Ill./Olney Central C.C.
Consistent presence in right field...has made 18 starts...has a .354 avg. with 14 RBI, five doubles and two triples...has seven two-hit games on the season...went 2-4 with two RBI against Detroit Mercy.
40 Jeff Meyrowitz
Mainly used as a pinch-hitter or substitute...has a .556 average in nine at-bats...has five RBI including two against Taylor in the season opener...also had two RBI against Manhattan in Florida.
16 Mark Minor
Has played in 17 games with three starts...is batting .286 with two doubles and five RBI in 21 at-bats...went 1-1 with an two-run double against Detroit Mercy...filled in for Vasili Spanos and knocked an RBI-single against Miami.
26 Kevin O'Brien
Made the transition to middle relief this season...has a 5.11 ERA in nine appearances...earned the victory after two innings of scoreless relief against Xavier...also threw a pair of scoreless innings against Northern Illinois.
30 Zach Otte
Tipp city, Ohio/Tippecanoe
One of IU's top starters...has appeared in nine games with five starts...threw a complete game in third game of Illinois series to earn the victory...threw his second career complete game against Iowa...threw six scoreless innings against Manhattan to earn a 21-1 victory...leads the team and is second in the Big Ten with a 1.91 ERA.
43 Matt Ousley
Middle reliever from IUPUI...has appeared in six games with two starts...has given up 12 runs with 10 being earned in his 10.2 innings of work...made his first career start against Indiana State.
23 Adam Pegg
One of IU's top pitchers...has a 4-2 record with a 1.38 ERA in 10 appearances...got the start against Illinois and earned the victory with 4.1 innings of work...gave up just two runs on three hits against the Illini...threw 3.1 innings of relief against Yale and earned the victory.
24 Matt Rice
One of IU's top lefthanders...has made six appearances with three starts...threw 6.1 innings as a starter against Northern Iowa and earned an 8-4 victory...threw 2.2 innings against Illinois and gave up just one run on four hits but earned a no decision.
31 Josh Romero
Hamilton, Ohio/Lakota West
Backup catcher for Indiana...has appeared in 20 games with 14 being starts...holds a .333 average in 36 at-bats...has a double and five RBI on the season...has been hit by a pitch on three occasions.
32 Ryan Smith
IU's top closer...has made 13 appearances and earned the save in five of them...threw two innings of scoreless relief to pick up the win versus Detroit Mercy...threw 1.2 innings of scoreless relief to earn the victory over Miami of Ohio...earned the save in a 4-2 win over Dartmouth in Florida...threw 2.2 innings of relief against East Tennessee State and gave up just one run.
7 Vasili Spanos
River forest, Ill./Oak Park
IU's top hitter...is second in the Big Ten with 11 home runs...leads the conference with 44 RBI, a .449 avg. and a .929 slugging pct....also league leader in on-base pct. (.547)...named Big Ten Player of the Week in back-to-back weeks...homered twice against Illinois in 9-2 win...also homered twice against Taylor and Valparaiso...has started all 30 games at third base.
36 Nick Vitielliss
Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone
One of IU's top pitchers...has appeared in 10 games with seven being starts...threw a complete game, four-hit shutout against Illinois in the third game of the series...threw his second complete game against Iowa earning his fourth victory of the season...threw 4.2 innings against Detroit Mercy and gave up one run on three hits...has a 3.00 ERA and has struck out 27 batters.
8 Cody Wargo
Catcher for IU...has played in 24 games with 16 starts...hit his first career home run against Detroit Mercy...has walked 11 times this season in 43 at-bats...had three walks in second game against Detroit Mercy.
15 Michael Woodside
Role is primarily as a pinch-hitter or designated hitter...had a double in a 3-5 day against Fairleigh Dickinson...has three RBI, two doubles and one stolen base on the season. BIG TEN STANDINGS - APRIL 11