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    2001-2002 News Update

    April 16, 2002

    Hoosiers Head to Wright State in Preparation for Ohio State
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    Junior center fielder Kennard Jones leads the conference in hitting, runs, hits, stolen bases, at-bats and total plate appearances

    INDIANA BASEBALL GAME NOTES

    Hoosiers at Wright State
    April 17
    Nischwitz Stadium
    Dayton, Ohio


    ONE GAME BACK
    After three Big Ten Conference sets, the Hoosiers sit in second just one game back. The Ohio State Buckeyes lead with a 9-3 record while the Hoosiers are 8-4. The teams meet up on April 19-21 at Sembower Field.

    BEST BIG TEN START SINCE 1991
    The Hoosiers' Big Ten record of 8-4 is the best start since 1991. That year, after three Big Ten sets, the Hoosiers were 8-3-1. IU's mark of 26-8 is also the best start since 1999 when the team was 27-9 after 12 conference games.

    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.

    BIG TEN STANDINGS - APRIL 16

    Big Ten Conference Standings
    Conference Record
    Overall Record
    Ohio State
    9-3
    .750
    22-8-1
    .717
    Indiana
    8-4
    .667
    26-8
    .765
    Purdue
    8-4
    .667
    16-16
    .500
    Minnesota
    7-4
    .636
    15-17
    .469
    Michigan State
    6-5
    .545
    22-8
    .733
    Michigan
    6-6
    .500
    11-18
    .379
    Illinois
    5-7
    .417
    18-9
    .667
    Penn State
    3-8
    .273
    13-16
    .448
    Northwestern
    3-8
    .273
    10-18
    .357
    Iowa
    3-9
    .250
    12-17
    .414



    HOOSIERS SPLIT ON ROAD AT MICHIGAN STATE
    In what turned out to be a great series of baseball, the Hoosiers traveled to Michigan State for a four-game set. IU was able to pull out a split in East Lansing, but fell one game behind conference-leading Ohio State. The Hoosiers dropped the first game 13-6 after MSU homered four times and IU could not get going from the plate. The Hoosiers stranded 11 runners and the offense could not muster enough to earn the win. Saturday's doubleheader featured a masterpiece by senior lefthander Zach Otte. Otte threw a complete game, five-hit shutout to earn his sixth win of the season. The final score was 1-0. Game two saw an offensive war for the first three innings with all 12 combined runs being scored. The Hoosiers came out on top 8-4 to earn the sweep and a guaranteed split on the road. Junior righthander Nick Vitielliss threw his third complete game of the season, all in conference play. Sunday's final game saw the Hoosiers jump out to an early lead, but to eventually succumb to the long ball and a 10-6 final. Junior Kennard Jones led IU during the weekend after he went 10-19 and increased his league-leading hit total to 62. "If you can split on the road, especially against a good team, it's good," said Head Coach Bob Morgan. "But after we lost the first one and swept on Saturday we liked our chances to take three out of four, but it just didn't happen. It was a good weekend, but it could have been a great weekend."

    A LOOK AT THE RAIDERS & THE SERIES
    Wright State is 9-17 overall and will play host to the Hoosiers. IU and WSU got together earlier in the season with IU earning a 14-6 victory with 13 runs in the eighth. IU and WSU have met 19 times with IU owning a 14-5 mark against the Raiders.

    RAIDER LEADERS
    The Raiders are led by Nick Shields who leads the team in batting with a .356 avg. He is also the team's top hitter with 31 hits and 10 doubles. The Raiders' biggest power threat is Lance Links who has four homers this season and a team-leading 19 RBI. The Raider staff is led by Aaron Braden who owns a 5-3 mark with a 5.63 ERA in 46.1 innings of work. The Raider workhorse is Brian Stephens who is 2-5 with a 6.12 ERA in 50.0 innings of work. This is the final meeting between the two teams in the 2001-02 season.

    SWING BATTA SWING
    Junior Kennard Jones has had a career season in many aspects. The Hoosiers center fielder has 62 hits, 57 runs and 20 stolen bases in his first season in Bloomington. He is now leading the team in hitting and all categories listed above.

    SPANOS JOINS 100-HIT CLUB
    Junior third baseman Vasili Spanos notched the 100th 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 .427 with a team-high 11 home runs and 45 RBI.

    BLAKELEY JOINS 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.

    ONE RBI AWAY FOR BLAKELEY
    Senior Eric Blakeley continues to reach career plateaus. The shortstop is just one RBI away from the 100-RBI club. He has already surpassed 100 runs and 150 hits for his career.

    SPANOS IS A 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. The first honor was solo while the second was shared with Mike Sokol of Michigan.

    CONFERENCE LEADERS GALORE
    While the team is second in the Big Ten in ERA (4.07), there are Hoosiers in the top three in individual categories. Junior Kennard Jones is leading in batting (.437), hits (62), runs scored (57), total plate appearances (160), at-bats (142) and is tied for first in stolen bases (20). Spanos leads the conference in RBI (44), total bases (91), slugging pct. (.864) and on-base pct. (.528). He is also second in home runs (11) and batting (.427). In addition to being second in ERA, IU is also second in team batting with a .347 avg.

    MORGAN NEARING 1,000
    With 981 career wins going into the weekend, Indiana head coach Bob Morgan is only 19 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 now sits alone in 18th place on Indiana's career stolen base chart with 34 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, tied for 15th in extra base hits with 60 and is now in sole possession of 20th with 118 career RBI. The most interesting thing about it is that Spanos still has another season after this year. His numbers will continue to climb.

    LITTLE COACH BORN...ONE MORE ON WAY
    IU assistant coach Tony Kestranek's wife gave birth to the couple's second child on Monday. A boy, Sammy, was born on Monday weighing 8 pounds and 21 inches in length. Also, assistant coach Jeff Calcaterra and his wife are expecting their first child later this year.

    RECORD WATCH
    Indiana Team Batting Average
    Rk Year Hits AB Avg.
    1. 1988 623 1756 .355
    2. 1992 603 1723 .350
    3. 2002 398 1148 .347


    Single Season Batting Average
    1. Mike Smith 1992 .490
    2. Ted Kluszewski 1945 .443
    3. Bob Waite 1981 .437
    Kennard Jones 2002 .437


    Single Season ERA
    1. Vernon Wilshere 1934 1.10
    2. Gary Sargent 1967 1.20
    3. Ryan Smith 2002 1.50
    4. Erv Inninger 1965 1.53
    5. Dave Granger 1963 1.58
    6. Zach Otte 2002 1.61
    7. Gary Sargent 1968 1.68
    8. Adam Pegg 2002 1.71
    9. Don Dunker 1941 1.80
    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 14 6 1 1 22
    Vasili Spanos 12 3 - - 15
    Eric Blakeley 12 2 1 - 15
    Mark Calkins 7 5 - - 12
    Gibran Hamdan 6 2 2 - 10
    Kenny Marrs 7 - - - 7
    Nick Evans 4 2 - - 6
    Joe Kemp 4 2 - - 6
    Ryan Donley 3 1 1 - 5
    Jay Brant 1 1 1 - 3
    Josh Romero 3 - - - 3
    Bill Geiger 2 - - - 2
    Michael Woodside 1 1 - - 2
    Cody Wargo 2 - - - 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 3 1 1 8
    Joe Kemp 4 2 1 - 7
    Nick Evans 4 1 - - 5
    Kennard Jones 3 2 - - 5
    Kenny Marrs 4 - - - 4
    Jay Brant 2 - 1 - 3
    Ryan Donley 2 - - 1 3
    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 7
    Mark Calkins 11 2
    Kenny Marrs 11 -
    Vasili Spanos 10 -
    Eric Blakeley 8 2
    Gibran Hamdan 7 1
    Joe Kemp 7 1
    Nick Evans 6 -
    Jay Brant 6 2
    Mark Minor 3 -
    Jeff Meyrowitz 3 -
    Ryan Donley 2 2
    Corby Heckman 2 -
    Josh Romero 2 -
    Brad DeStefano 2 2
    Bill Geiger 2 -
    Cody Wargo 2 -
    Michael Woodside 1 -
    Brian Bucciarelli 1 -

    IU IN THE NATIONAL RANKS
    (As of April 14)

    Team Batting
    Rank AB Hits Avg.
    8th 1148 398 .347

    Team Scoring
    Rank Runs Avg.
    14th 305 9.0

    Team Win/Loss Percentage
    Rank Wins Losses Ties Pct.
    16th 26 8 0 .765

    Individual
    Batting
    Rank Name AB Hits Avg.
    24th Kennard Jones 142 62 .437
    28th Vasili Spanos 110 47 .427

    RBI per Game
    Rank Name G RBI PG
    25th Vasili Spanos 34 45 1.32

    Stolen Bases per Game
    Rank Name G SB SBA PG
    T-30th Kennard Jones 34 20 25 0.59

    Earned Run Average
    Rank Name IP R ER ERA
    14th Zach Otte 44.2 11 8 1.63










     

     


       

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