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    Hoosiers vs. Buckeyes: Top of the Conference On The Line


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    2001-2002 News Update

    April 18, 2002

    Hoosiers Host Buckeyes in Conference War
    Current News Photo
    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 vs. Ohio State
    April 19 • 3 p.m.
    April 20 • 1 p.m. (DH)
    April 21 • 1 p.m.
    Sembower Field
    Bloomington, Indiana

    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 27-8 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 18

    Big Ten Conference Standings
    Conference Record
    Overall Record
    Ohio State
    9-3
    .750
    21-9-1
    .694
    Indiana
    8-4
    .667
    27-8
    .771
    Purdue
    8-4
    .667
    17-16
    .515
    Minnesota
    7-4
    .636
    15-18
    .455
    Michigan State
    6-5
    .545
    23-8
    .742
    Michigan
    6-6
    .500
    11-19
    .367
    Illinois
    5-7
    .417
    19-9
    .679
    Penn State
    3-8
    .273
    13-17
    .433
    Northwestern
    3-8
    .273
    11-18
    .379
    Iowa
    3-9
    .250
    12-18
    .400


    INDIANA COMES BACK TO TAKE RAIDERS
    In what was one of the better non-conference games of the season for the Hoosiers, IU pulled out a thriller, 4-3, with a late run to ice the ballgame. The Hoosiers got behind early, 1-0, after Wright State posted a single run in the bottom of the first inning. The Hoosiers were shut down for three innings, but the offense got itchy. IU posted a single run in the top of the fourth to tie the ballgame, but WSU came back to take a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth with a single run. Junior Vasili Spanos stepped to the plate in the top of the sixth and drove a 3-2 pitch deep over the left field wall for a two-run home run and a 3-2 lead. It didn’t last long as WSU posted the tying run in the bottom half with a solo homer. IU took the lead for good when sophomore Ryan Donley singled home the go-ahead run and earned his second RBI of the day. The Hoosiers went on to win the ballgame by a 4-3 count thanks to Donley. The Hoosiers improved to 27-8 overall while WSU fell to 10-19 overall. IU earned the season sweep over the Wright State Raiders after defeating them in late March, 14-6.

    A LOOK AT THE BUCKEYES & THE SERIES
    Ohio State comes into this weekend with a 21-9-1 overall record and a 9-3 mark in Big Ten play. The Buckeyes are coming off a midweek 4-3 loss to Dayton on Wednesday. The Hoosiers and Buckeyes have gotten together 225 times with OSU owning a 132-93 mark over IU. The rivalry between IU and OSU in baseball is well-known and this season should be no different with the top spot in the conference on the line. IU’s last series victory was in 1996 when the Hoosiers took three of four from the Buckeyes. That season, they went on to win the Big Ten Tournament.

    BUCKEYE LEADERS
    At the plate, the Buckeyes are led by Doug Deeds who is leading the team in hitting with a .413 average. Deeds has also collected five doubles, six homers and 27 RBI. With a .372 average, Christian Snavely is also a threat at the plate. Snavely brings a team-leading three triples to Sembower Field. OSU boasts the top pitching staff in the conference. Nate Smith leads the team with a 1.25 ERA and a 4-0 record. E.J. Laratta brings a 2.81 ERA and a 5-1 record to Sembower Field. Josh Newman is also a top pitcher as he owns a 6-2 record with a 3.88 ERA.

    JONES IS THE STREAK
    For the second time this season, junior Kennard Jones has a hit streak. He currently owns an eight-game hit streak and owned the team’s best streak at 14 games. Jones has 64 hits to lead the Big Ten. His .435 average also leads the conference.

    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 131 hits in his career. For the season, Spanos is batting .425 with a team-high 12 home runs and 47 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.

    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 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 (4.00), 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 982 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 a tie for ninth in career home runs with 28, tied for 14th in extra base hits with 61 and is now tied for 18th with 120 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 THE 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.

    IU’s Record When...
    Scoring 1-4 runs...4-4
    Scoring 5+ runs...23-4
    Opponent 6 or less runs...24-3
    Opponent 7 or more...3-5

    IU scores first...20-4
    Opponent scores first...7-4
    Leading after 6 innings...19-0
    Trailing after 6 innings...6-7
    Tied after 6 innings...1-1
    Leading after 8 innings...16-4
    Trailing after 8 innings...0-6
    Tied after 8 innings...0-1
    Last at-bat wins...1-1
    Collecting 1-3 hits...0-0
    Collecting 4-6 hits...3-1
    Collecting 7-9 hits...4-3
    Collecting 10+ hits...20-4
    Out-hitting opponents...24-0
    Out-hit by opponents...2-6
    Hits are tied ...1-2
    IU is errorless...9-1
    Committing one error...9-1
    Committing mult. errors...9-6
    Opponent is errorless...5-4
    Opp. commits one error...9-1
    Opp. commits mult. errors...13-3
    IU starter gets decision...15-6
    IU bullpen gets decision...12-2
    One-run games...3-1
    Two-run games...2-1
    IU hits a home run...16-6
    Opp. hits a home run...12-6
    Day games...25-7
    Night games...2-1
    Extra innings...0-1
    vs. In-state opponents...4-2
    At home...15-2
    On the road...5-6
    At neutral site...7-0

    Conference
    Big Ten...8-4
    Atlantic 10...1-0
    Mo. Valley...1-1
    Horizon League...5-1
    Mid-American...2-0
    Ivy League...2-0
    Mid-Continent...1-0
    Southern...1-2
    Metro Atlantic...1-0
    Patriot...1-0
    Northeast...1-0
    NAIA...2-0
    Division III...1-0

    Days of the Week
    Sunday...4-3
    Monday...3-0
    Tuesday...3-0
    Wednesday...3-2
    Thursday...2-0
    Friday...3-2
    Saturday...9-1

    By the month
    February...2-0
    March...18-4
    April...7-4

    RECORD WATCH

    Indiana Team Batting Average
    Rk Year Hits AB Avg.
    1. 1988 623 1756 .355
    2. 1992 603 1723 .350
    3. 2002 409 1182 .346

    Single Season Batting Average
    1. Mike Smith 1992 .490
    2. Ted Kluszewski 1945 .443
    3. Bob Waite 1981 .437
    4. John Wehner 1988 .436
    5. Kennard Jones 2002 .435


    Single Season ERA
    1. Vernon Wilshere 1934 1.10
    2. Gary Sargent 1967 1.20
    3. Ryan Smith 2002 1.42
    4. Erv Inninger 1965 1.53
    5. Dave Granger 1963 1.58
    6. Zach Otte 2002 1.61
    7. Adam Pegg 2002 1.65
    8. Gary Sargent 1968 1.68
    9. Don Dunker 1941 1.80
    10. Gary Sargent 1966 1.97

    Indiana Career Home Runs
    1. Mike Sabo 85-88 47
    2.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
    Vasili Spanos 00-02 28

    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 15 6 1 1 23
    Vasili Spanos 12 3 - - 15
    Eric Blakeley 12 2 1 - 15
    Mark Calkins 8 5 - - 12
    Gibran Hamdan 6 2 2 - 10
    Kenny Marrs 7 - - - 7
    Joe Kemp 5 2 - - 7
    Nick Evans 4 2 - - 6
    Ryan Donley 4 1 1 - 6
    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 8 3 2 1 14
    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
    Ryan Donley 3 - - 1 4
    Kenny Marrs 4 - - - 4
    Jay Brant 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 8
    Mark Calkins 11 3
    Kenny Marrs 11 1
    Vasili Spanos 10 1
    Eric Blakeley 8 -
    Gibran Hamdan 7 1
    Joe Kemp 7 2
    Nick Evans 6 -
    Jay Brant 6 -
    Mark Minor 3 -
    Jeff Meyrowitz 3 -
    Ryan Donley 3 3
    Corby Heckman 2 -
    Josh Romero 2 -
    Brad DeStefano 2 2
    Bill Geiger 2 1
    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


    2002 Indiana Baseball Bio Updates

    25 Chris Behrens
    So. • LHP • Stafford, Va./Brooke Point H.S.
    Has made eight 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
    Sr. • SS • Greenville, Ohio/Greenville H.S.
    Senior leader on and off the field • has hit a career-high six homers and has 43 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 (9).

    29 Pat Boucher
    Sr. • RHP • Pasadena, Md./Charleston Southern
    Has made 11 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 • 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 • earned the decision against Wright State after 2.2 innings of one-run relief.

    21 Jay Brant
    Fr. • 2B • Indianapolis, Ind./Brebeuf Jesuit
    Has started 28 games at second base for the Hoosiers • has a .255 average in 94 at-bats • hit his first IU home run against Detroit Mercy in a 22-2 victory • has five doubles and 10 RBI on the season • hit his second home run of the season against Iowa in 17-13 defeat.

    22 Brian Bucciarelli
    Fr. • OF • 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
    So. • OF • Portland, Ore./Jesuit
    Is a strong competitor in left field • has made 30 starts this season all in left field • is fourth on the team with a .384 average in 112 at-bats • homered and had five RBI in season opener against Taylor • also had a home run and four RBI against Xavier • has 34 RBI on the season with seven doubles, two triples and three homers.

    11 Jacob Cary
    Jr. • RHP • Bruceville, Ind./North Knox
    One of IU’s top starters • threw a complete game in a 6-4 loss to Illinois • has thrown 51.1 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
    Jr. • OF • Bloomington, Ind./South
    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.

    13 Ryan Donley
    So. • OF • Oregon, Ohio/Clay
    Has appeared in 16 games with eight starts • went 4-6 against Manhattan with five RBI and a double • has 14 RBI on the season along with 15 hits • had two hits and two RBI, including game-winner, in 4-3 victory at Wright State.

    27 Nick Evans
    Jr. • INF • Findlay, Ohio/Findlay
    Has appeared in 23 games with 20 starts • went 2-4 with three RBI against Detroit Mercy • had a pair of RBI at East Tennessee State, Xavier, Northern Illinois and in game three against Detroit Mercy.

    20 bill geiger
    Sr. • INF/C • 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
    Sr. • 1B • 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
    Fr. • INF • 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
    Fr. • RHP • Anderson, Ind./Anderson H.S.
    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
    Jr. • CF • Beltsville, Md./Wallace State C.C.
    IU’s lead off hitter and top center fielder • currently team leader and top in the Big Ten with a .435 average • has started in center field in every game • leads conference in hits with 64, runs with 57 and is tied for first in stolen bases with 20 • has 23 multi-hit games.

    12 Joe Kemp
    So. • UTIL • Bowie, Md./Riverdale Baptist
    Is IU’s utility player that can pitch and play the field • has made 28 starts for the Hoosiers and has 26 RBI • has walked 16 times in 102 at-bats • homered against East Tennessee State and had four RBI • leads the team with three triples • hit second home run of the season against Michigan State • Hoosiers are 10-1 when Kemp starts as DH.

    28 Kenny Marrs
    Jr. • OF • Olney, Ill./Olney Central C.C.
    Consistent presence in right field • has made 19 starts • has a .348 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
    Fr. • INF • Okemos, Mich./Okemos
    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
    Sr. • INF • Dublin, Ohio/Coffman
    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
    Jr. • RHP • Patterson, n.Y./Carmel
    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
    Sr. • LHP • Tipp City, Ohio/Tippecanoe
    One of IU’s top starters • has appeared in 10 games with six starts • owns a 6-1 record with a 3-0 Big Ten record • threw a complete game in third game of Illinois series to earn the victory • threw his second career complete game against Iowa • threw a complete game, five-hit 1-0 shutout at Michigan State • leads the team and is second in the Big Ten with a 1.61 ERA.

    43 Matt Ousley
    Sr. • RHP • Berne, Ind./IUPUI
    Middle reliever from IUPUI • has appeared in seven games with three starts • has given up 14 runs with 11 being earned in his 15.0 innings of work • made his first career start against Indiana State • has gotten the nod in the last three midweek, non-conference ballgames

    23 Adam Pegg
    So. • RHP • Yorktown, Ind./Yorktown
    One of IU’s top pitchers • has a 4-2 record with a 1.65 ERA in 12 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
    Sr. • LHP • Centerville, Ohio/Centerville
    One of IU’s top lefthanders • has made seven appearances with four 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
    So. • C • Hamilton, Ohio/Lakota West
    Backup catcher for Indiana • has appeared in 24 games with 17 being starts • holds a .286 average in 42 at-bats • has a double and five RBI on the season • has been hit by a pitch on four occasions.

    32 Ryan Smith
    Jr. • RHP • Carmel, Ind./Westfield
    IU’s top closer • has made 15 appearances and earned the save in six 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 • threw 2.2 innings of relief against East Tennessee State and gave up just one run • shut down Wright State in the ninth to secure save six and a 4-3 win.

    7 Vasili Spanos
    Jr. • 3B • River Forest, Ill./Oak Park
    IU’s top hitter • is second in the Big Ten with 12 home runs • leads the conference with 47 RBI, .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 35 games with 34 at third base.

    36 Nick Vitielliss
    Jr. • RHP • 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 • earned his third straight win to remain undefeated in 8-4 win over Michigan State in East Lansing.

    8 Cody Wargo
    So. • C • Owings, Md./Northern
    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
    Sr. • 1B • Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral
    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.







     

     


       

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