April 14, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
Indiana (21-11, 4-2 Big Ten) travels to Iowa City to meet the Hawkeyes (12-18, 2-4) this weekend in a conference series. Friday's game will be broadcast nationally on the Big Ten Network, starting at 7 pm EST.
The Hoosiers enter the weekend tied for second in the Big Ten with a 4-2 conference mark after taking two of three in the first two weekends. Iowa sits tied for seventh at 2-4. The Hawkeyes dropped two of three in each series thus far.
LHP Blake Monar (3-2, 4.14) and RHP Chad Martin (2-1, 2.31) have again been tabbed as the Friday and Saturday starters, respectively, for Indiana. On the bump for Iowa will be a pair of lefties in Jarred Hippen (1-3, 3.38) and Matt Dermody (3-3, 5.36). The Sunday starting pitchers are still undetermined for both squads.
The Hawkeyes have been offensively balanced all season, with junior infielder Mike McQuillan (.319) leading a group of five with batting averages over .300. Pitching success has also been shared, with junior right-handers Nick Brown and Patrick Lala sporting sub-2.90 ERAs.
Saturday and Sunday's games are slated for 2:00 pm EST starts.
The Big Ten Network's high-def broadcast of Friday's game will feature Eric Collins doing play-by-play while former Hawkeye Danan Hughes provides color commentary.
Complete Game Notes
IN THE LAST GO-AROUND
he Hoosiers and Hawkeyes met last year in Bloomington. IU capped off a series sweep of Iowa with a 21-12 rout in game three. The Indiana offense out-hit its opponents 41-26 in the series, including a 24-9 margin in game three.
Drew Leininger and Johnny Hoffman were lights out on the mound in the series' first two games. Allowing just one run each in a combined 12.2 innings.
ALL-TIME RECORD WATCH
Indiana Senior first baseman Sabourin is poised to break the school's all-time hits record this weekend in Iowa City. Sabourin comes in with 301 career hits, just five shy of Mike Smith, who set the all-time mark with 306 between 1989 and 1992. Sabourin has started 205 straight games as a Hoosier, amassing 152 RBI and a career .355 batting average along the way.
Junior left fielder Alex Dickerson has his 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 nine of the game notes.
DOING IT BIG IN THE BIG TEN
A Hoosier can be found at the top of three Big Ten statistical categories. Micah Johnson paces the league with 17 stolen bases while Indiana pitchers Ryan Halstead and Joey DeNato are top dogs for saves (7) and pick-offs (8), respectively.
BIGGER THE MOMENT, BIGGER THE PRODUCTION
Indiana has made winning games in the late innings commonplace. The Hoosiers have won nine games when either tied or trailing in the eighth inning. From the eighth inning and beyond, Indiana is outscoring the compeition by 21 runs. The late inning heroics have played a large role in IU's 5-1 extra innings record.
CEMENTING SPOT IN WEEKEND ROTATION
After spending the first two weekends working out of the bullpen in relief action, Chad Martin was inserted in the starting rotation against Morehead State and has shined in that role thus far. In five career starts for the Hoosiers, he has chewed up 33.2 innings with a 1.60 earned run average. His overall season ERA of 2.31 is fifth amongst Big Ten pitchers meeting the minimum innings pitched requirement and his .224 batting average against slots him second in the conference.
The Hoosiers have picked off 24 runners through the first 32 games of the season, the most in the Big Ten by a long shot. The next closest conference school has totaled nine pick offs. Indiana's Joey DeNato has pegged eight runners alone.
FAST OUT OF THE BOX
Freshman Dustin DeMuth is arguably the fastest Hoosier, evidenced by his team-leading 12 infield hits through the first 32 games of the season. DeMuth is regularly timed getting down the first-base line in a blazing 3.64-3.65 seconds.