April 19, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
Indiana Baseball (16-21) takes a break from Big Ten action this weekend, playing host to Southern Conference foe Georgia Southern in a three-game docket. The Eagles come to Bloomington owners of a 22-17 overall record and 10-8 mark in league play.
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCH-UPS
Friday, April 20 - 3:05 pm EST
LHP Joey DeNato (5-1, 2.54) vs. RHP Chris Beck (4-3, 3.73)
Saturday, April 21 - 1:05 pm EST
LHP Kyle Hart (1-4, 3.83) vs. RHP Justin Hess (2-1, 5.40)
Sunday, April 21 - 1:05 pm EST
TBD vs. RHP Will Middour (1-2, 4.60)
The series begins on Friday (Apr. 20) at 3:05 pm, and follows with 1:05 pm first pitches for Saturday and Sunday contests. IUHoosiers.com will be providing a live audio broadcast for all three games. Jeremy Gray will be on the call with the play-by-play. In-game updates can also be found on Twitter, simply follow
Come Monday, every team in the Big Ten will have played at least half of its 24-game conferene slate; including Indiana at 6-6. The Hoosiers enter their non-conference weekend tied for fifth in the Big Ten standings. The top-six schools advance to the Big Ten Tournament in Columbus, Ohio from May 23-26 to determine the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Championships.
Complete Weekend Notes
HOOSIER QUICK HITS
Head Coach Tracy Smith is just five wins away from 500 career victories (495-419)
Chris Webb (ESPN.com) picked Kyle Schwarber as the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in his Midseason Awards
Sam Travis is hitting .410 w/runners on and .462 w/runners in scoring position; leading to 29 RBI
HOOSIERS ALL OVER WEEKLY CONFERENCE HONORS
The Big Ten Conference awards a Player, Pitcher and Freshman of the Week each Monday throughout the season. Through the first nine weeks of the year, a conference-best seven Hoosiers have been recognized by the league office. Sam Travis leads the way with four such laurels, winning back-to-back Player of the Week and Freshman of the Week accolades (March 26 & April 2). A complete list of Hoosier winners is below:
Chris Sujka: Freshman (February 27)
Kyle Schwarber: Freshman (March 5)
Joey DeNato: Pitcher (March 19)
Sam Travis: Player (March 26/April 2); Freshman (March 26/April 2)
Indiana and Purdue's seven honorees are followed by: Illinois (5), Northwestern (3), Nebraska (3), Michigan (2), Iowa (2), Ohio State (2), Michigan State (2), Minnesota (1) Penn State (1).
HOME SWEET HOME FOR SOME VETERANS
Sembower Field has been very kind to juniors Michael Basil and Jonny Hoffman, as well as, sophomore Dustin DeMuth. In 11 games at home, Basil is hitting .444 with three homeruns, 10 RBI and a slugging percentage of .778. DeMuth is right behind him batting at a .429 clip with four doubles, a triple, six RBI and a .571 slugging number. On the mound, Hoffman has made a four appearances in Sembower and has gone 9.0 innings in relief, striking out eight, holding the opposition to a dismal .188 batting average en route to a 1.00 ERA.
FRESHMAN: HERE, THERE, EVERYWHERE
Fifty-three percent of Indiana's starters through 37 games have been freshmen (197 of 370; counting pitchers). The Hoosier youth increases even more when including only position players in the batting order (no pitcher/DH), with 58% of starts coming from freshmen. In fact, there are no senior position players on the IU roster and just two senior pitchers. Indiana's offensive production has been fueled by rookie Hoosiers:
PERCENTAGE OF OVERALL TEAM PRODUCTION COMING FROM FRESHMEN
Runs Batted In: 65% (114 of 176)
Homeruns: 63% (17 of 27)
Doubles: 59% (39 of 66)
Runs Scored: 58% (115 of 200)
Hits: 56% (187 of 331)
Triples: 50% (7 of 14)
HOOSIERS IN THE PROS
There are currently 15 former Hoosiers playing professional baseball, 14 of which played under the tutelage of Head Coach Tracy Smith. A trio of IU alumni are one step away from the Big Leagues. Seth Bynum, Josh Phegley and Tyler Tufts have been assigned to Triple-AAA squads to start the spring.