April 18, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana and Butler lock horns in a unique weekend series, starting on Friday, April 19th, with a 6:05 pm game under the lights of Bart Kaufman Field in Bloomington. Saturday's Game Two begins at 4:05 pm and will also take place in B-Town before the non-conference series finale ships north to Bulldog Park for a 1 pm contest Sunday in Indianapolis.
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCH-UPS
Friday, April 19 - 6:05 pm EST - Bloomington
Jr, LHP Joey DeNato (4-1, 2.79) vs. So., LHP Eric Stout (6-3, 5.43)
Saturday, April 20 - 4:05 pm EST - Bloomington
So., LHP Kyle Hart (5-0, 2.05) vs. TBD
Sunday, April 21 - 1:00 pm EST - Indianapolis
r-So., Aaron Slegers (5-1, 159) vs. Sr., RHP Billy Laing (2-1, 4.19)
The 19th-ranked Hoosiers (26-8, 8-4 Big Ten) own an 84-28 avantage in the all-time series with the in-state Bulldogs (17-15, 7-5 Atlantic 10). Butler is riding high, sweeping the Dayton Flyers on the road last week.
Indiana returns to conference play on April 26th, the start of a three-game home series against the B1G-leading Michigan Wolverines. As a league, the Big Ten has five teams in the RPI top-55. Indiana leads the way at #15 with the Michigan State nexat in line at #29. The other B1G institutions include: Ohio State (40th), Nebraska (44th) and Illinois 55th).
Complete Game Notes
TRIPLE PLAY QUICK HITS
Indiana strung together a school-record 18-game winning streak from March 10-April 6
IU has recorded a +123 run margin through 34 games (+3.6/game), outscoring the competition 240-117
Bart Kaufman Field's night game debut was played in front of a sell-out crowd (2,757)
NATIONALLY RANKED HOOSIERS
Baseball America tabbed the Hoosiers as the 24th-best team in the country on March 11, marking the first time in school history Indiana has been nationally ranked. IU is slotted #19 this week by Baseball America, Perfect Game and the National College Baseball Writers Association (complete rankings listed on the next page). The Hoosiers have ascended as high as 12th during the 2013 campaign.
BIG TEN'S ELITE, STATISTICALLY SPEAKING AND RECORD WISE
The Hoosier lineup is potent and deep, leading to Indiana sitting atop of every major offensive statistical offensive category, sans triples, in the Big Ten. Don't sleep on the pitching, however, as the Hoosier hurlers' 2.43 team earned run average is also tops in the conference. For the "only thing that matters is wins and losses" crowd, don't fret. Indiana's 26-8 record (.765) is also the B1G's best.
HOW THE HOOSIERS STACK UP ON THE NATIONAL LEVEL
Indiana is posting numbers worthy of top-25 NCAA rankings as well. Entering the weekend, IU staff's 2.43 ERA is the sixth-lowest in the country. In addition, IU is slotted 13th in winning percentage (.765), 17th in batting average (.309), 20th in runs (7.1/game), 21st in slugging percentage (.447) and 25th in homeruns (26). Defensively, the Hoosiers are turning 1.18 double plays per game, good for the ninth-best twin killings clip in D-I baseball.
Individually, Justin Cureton has posted the seventh-most runs per game (1.24) in the country while Kyle Schwarber's .405 average ranks 17th. Scott Donley's driving in 1.15 runs per game, the 20th best RBI rate.
JOHNNY BENCH AWARD WATCH LIST
Sophomore Kyle Schwarber was one of 48 catchers nation-wide to be selected for the Johnny Bench Award Watch List on March 11. The award is presented annually to the best collegiate catcher. The watch list will be narrowed down to the semifinalists, whom will be announced May 16.
Junior pitcher Ryan Halstead closed out Indiana's road win at Evansville on April 9, picking up the 17th save of his career. He is now just four shy of surpassing Chris Squires (2007-10) for the school record of career saves. Halstead is already tied with Squires for the best single-season mark all-time in IU history, earning nine saves as a freshman in 2011.
HOME SWEET HOME
Bart Kaufman Field opened with a bang, as Indiana blew up Miami (OH) 15-runs-to-1 in the facility debut. Hoosier success has continued with a sweep over Penn State and 6-2 besting of #10 Louisville. Indiana is now 7-2 in their new digs, outscoring the competition 58-22.
HOT START HOOSIERS
Indiana has scored in the first inning in 18 of 34 games this season, owning a 34-6 run margin in the opening frame.