April 12, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
Indiana Baseball continues an eight-game homestand this weekend, playing host to the visiting and defending co-Big Ten champion Michigan State Spartans (20-11, 3-3 Big Ten) in a three-game series. The Hoosiers (15-18, 5-4) enter in a three-way tie for second place in the conference standings, but just a half game ahead of seventh place in the muddled standings.
Friday calls for a 3:05 pm first pitch, featuring an enticing pitcher face-off pitting Indiana's Joey DeNato (5-1, 2.54 ERA) versus the Spartans' Tony Bucciferro (3-2, 3.15 ERA). Games Two and Three will follow on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, each beginning at approximately 1:05 pm.
Friday, April 13 - 3:05 pm EST
LHP Joey DeNato (5-1, 2.54) vs. RHP Tony Bucciferro (3-2, 3.15)
Saturday, April 14 - 1:05 pm EST
LHP Kyle Hart (1-3, 3.53) vs. RHP Andrew Waszak (3-2, 2.06)
Sunday, April 15 - 1:05 pm EST
TBD vs. TBD
IUHoosiers.com will be providing GameTracker live stats for all three contests and a free audio broadcast for the first two games. Meanwhile, the Big Ten Digital Network (www.BTN.com) visits Sembower Field to stream Sunday's series finale (fee). Can't get to a computer? Follow along on your smartphone via Twitter, hitting up @KKatIU for in-game updates.
Indiana has taken the series over MSU three of out of the last four seasons, including a sweep at home in 2011. The Spartans came to Bloomington a year ago with a 13-5 conference mark, leaving at 13-8.
Complete Weekend Notes
HOOSIER QUICK HITS
is hitting .455 w/runners on and .514 w/runners in scoring position; leading to a team-high 29 RBI
is 3-for-7 (.429) when pinch hitting
Head Coach Tracy Smith
is just six wins away from 500 career victories (494-416).
BIG TEN??? MORE LIKE BIG CLUTTER
With one-third of the Big Ten season in the books, the conference standings are becoming a log jam. One loss can send a team from second to eighth place overnight. Reversely, a victory could potentially ascend a team from the league cellar to a spot in the top-six (qualifying for the Big Ten Tournament).
HOOSIERS ALL OVER WEEKLY CONFERENCE HONORS
The Big Ten Conference awards a Player, Pitcher and Freshman of the Week each Monday throughout the season. Through the first eight weeks of the year, a conference-best seven Hoosiers have been recognized by the league office. Sam Travis leads the way with four such laurels, winning back-to-back Player of the Week and Freshman of the Week accolades (March 26 & April 2). A complete list of Hoosier winners is below:
Chris Sujka: Freshman (February 27)
Kyle Schwarber: Freshman (March 5)
Joey DeNato: Pitcher (March 19)
Sam Travis: Player (March 26/April 2); Freshman (March 26/April 2)
Indiana and Purdue's seven honorees are followed by: Illinois (5), Northwestern (3), Michigan (2), Nebraska (2), Iowa (2), Ohio State (2), Minnesota (1), Michigan State (1), Penn State (0).
HOME SWEET HOME FOR SOME VETERANS
Sembower Field has been very kind to juniors Michael Basil and Walker Stadler, as well as, sophomore Dustin DeMuth. In seven games at home, Basil is hitting .552 with two homeruns, eight RBI and a slugging percentage of .931. DeMuth is right behind him batting at a .464 clip with three doubles, a triple, four RBI and a .643 slugging number. On the mound, Stadler has made a three appearances in Sembower and has gone 4.2 innings in relief, striking out four, holding the opposition to a dismal .167 batting average en route to a unblemished 0.00 ERA.
FRESHMAN: HERE, THERE, EVERYWHERE
Fifty-four percent of Indiana's starters through 33 games have been freshmen (178 of 330; counting pitchers). The Hoosier youth increases even more when including only position players in the batting order (no pitcher/DH), with 59% of starts coming from freshmen. In fact, there are no senior position players on the IU roster and just two senior pitchers. Indiana's offensive production has been fueled by rookie Hoosiers:
PERCENTAGE OF OVERALL TEAM PRODUCTION COMING FROM FRESHMEN
Homeruns: 70% (16 of 23)
Runs Batted In: 67% (107 of 160)
Doubles: 60% (36 of 60)
Hits: 57% (169 of 296)
Runs Scored: 57% (105 of 183)
Triples: 50% (6 of 12)
TRAVIS WENT STREAKING
Freshman Sam Travis successfully reached base in the first 30 games of his collegiate career, a stretch that included a 17-game hitting streak. In total he has either recorded a hit, drew a walk or been hit by a pitch in 32 of 33 games this season. Even in the lone contest he didn't "reach base successfully," Travis was a baserunner after reaching on a fielder's choice.