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    HOOSIERS HIT THE ROAD


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    April 19, 2000

    HOOSIERS HIT THE ROAD

    Game Data
    Indiana will battle Ohio State in a Big Ten road series this weekend. The two teams will begin their four-game weekend series on Friday, April 21 at 6:30 p.m. in a single nine-inning game. The Hoosiers and Buckeyes will square off in a doubleheader featuring a pair of seven inning games on Saturday at 4 p.m. and then close out the series on Sunday at 1 p.m. in a nine-inning affair.

    Game Results
    Complete game results will be made available on the web at www.athletics.indiana.edu following the event. They can be viewed and printed out by choosing baseball from the main menu.

    Head Coach Bob Morgan
    Bob Morgan is in his 17th season at Indiana. He has posted a 634-356-3 record while with the Hoosiers and owns a career mark of 926-444-5. He currently ranks in the top ten nationally amongst active Division I coaches in career winning percentage and in the top 20 in career victories. Furthermore, Morgan has never suffered a losing season in this is 25th year as a collegiate head coach.

    The Opposition
    Last season OSU took three of four from the Hoosiers. Chris Wilson picked up the lone IU victory. The Buckeyes are the defending Big Ten Champs, and are just coming off a four game series against Michigan. The Wolverines took three from OSU.

    Teamwork the Key
    Indiana owns the second-best pitching staff in the Big Ten when looking at the overall numbers. The Hoosiers overall team ERA of 4.08 ranks second in the conference. The Hoosiers have held the opposition to a .250 team batting average (the best in the Big Ten) and have struck out 320 hitters--also tops in the conference--in 344 innings of work.

    The Rotation
    Indiana is scheduled to throw left-hander Brad Edwards on Friday, right-hander Zach McClellan and left-hander David Ferris on Saturday and right-hander Fred Graf on Sunday.

    Excellent Edwards
    Against Purdue, Brad Edwards saw one of the only conference teams to hit off him. The sophomore gave up 10 hits in six innings work, allowing six runs. However, against Northwestern he took a no-hitter into the seventh inning of a seven-inning game and gave up a leadoff single in the final stanza. He faced 22 batters on the day, just one over the minimum and fanned eight, while allowing just that one single.
    In his four Big Ten starts he has only allowed 21 hits in his 28 innings of work. He owns a 2-2 mark in Big Ten action with a 4.18 ERA and the opposition is hitting just .210 against him. Overall on the season he is 5-3 with a 4.20 ERA. His 63 strikeouts this season is the team's top mark. Edwards has kept runners from stealing this season. Only three have succeeded, compared to the ten that have attempted a stolen base.

    Ferris on Fire
    David Ferris is 6-1 on the season this year with a 3.48 ERA. In Big Ten play Ferris is 2-1 with a 5.55 ERA. He is second behind Brad Edwards with 19 strikeouts in conference play. The opposition is hitting just .234 against him in Big Ten action. Entering this season the junior left-hander owned a career conference mark of 2-1 and an ERA of 9.15.

    Go the Distance
    Against Purdue, Zach McClellan threw the eighth complete game from a Hoosier this season. Seven of those have come against Big Ten opponents.

    Williams Enjoying Big Ten Action
    Jason Williams is hitting a team-best .500 (15-for-30) in Big Ten play this season. In non-conference action the senior outfielder owns a .299 (23-for-77) mark.

    Spanos in the Clutch
    Freshman Vasilli Spanos owns a .484 average with runners in scoring position this season. He leads the team with a .402 average and 29 RBI.

    One Run Games
    Of the Hoosiers ten Big Ten losses this season, seven of them have come by one run. They dropped a pair of one-run games at Purdue, Penn State and Michigan and one against Northwestern at home. On the season this year Indiana is 2-9 in one-run games.

    Ferris Shuts Door on Lefties
    David Ferris has held left-handed hitters in check this season. Lefties are hitting just .214 against him.

    Berich Likes Pressure/Lefties
    Rich Berich is hitting .459 with two outs this season. He is hitting .471 against left-handed pitching while he owns a .325 mark against right-handed pitchers.

    Out of the Pen
    Tom Willerer, Nick Otte and Chris Wilson have been the Hoosiers three main relievers in Big Ten play. Willerer has appeared in six games. Otte has appeared in four and Wilson has three appearances.

    Hoping the Trend Continues
    Indiana has continually seen its team ERA drop over the last two seasons. In 1998 the Hoosiers posted a team ERA of 6.16. Last year Indiana was tops in the Big Ten with an ERA of 4.86. The Hoosiers currently own a team ERA of 4.06.

    A Change in the Tournament
    This season the Big Ten Tournament will feature the league's top six teams according to the regular season standings. The four-day tournament (May 17-20) will be of the double round robin format.

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