IU Takes on Miami in Midweek Tilt
BLOOMINGTON, IND. - The Hoosiers close out a nine-game homestand at Sembower Field on Wednesday, April 21, when the Miami (Ohio) Redhawks visit Bloomington. First pitch of the contest is set for 3 p.m. Live updates will be available during the game on Indiana official athletic web site at http://iuhoosiers.com. Just click on the baseball live updates linkfor access.
IU hits the road for a four-game Big Ten Conference series at Illinois this weekend, April 23-25. The series begins on Friday at 6:05 p.m. On Saturday, the Hoosiers and Illini will engage in a doubleheader, starting at 4:05 p.m. First pitch of game four is on Sunday at 1:05 p.m.
The Hoosiers are 21-14 overall and 5-7 in Big Ten Conference play entering the week. IU split a four-game series last weekend at home against the Iowa Hawkeyes. Iowa opened the series wtih a 7-3 victory on Friday. On Saturday, the Hoosiers bounced back to take game one 5-4, but fell in the nightcap, 12-7. Behind an offensive burst that included seven home runs, Indiana romped to a 25-9 win on Sunday in the finale.
Quickly About the Hoosiers
The Hoosiers rank first among Big Ten teams with a .312 team batting average overall. IU is second in conference games only at .320.
The IU pitching staff has a combined ERA of 4.74 in all games. Hoosier hurlers have struck 204 batters and walked 106. In Big Ten action, the staff ERA rests at 6.46.
Indiana head coach Bob Morgan has a 1,040-540-6 record all-time. Morgan is part of an elite group of Division I baseball coaches who havewon more than 1,000 career games.
Hoosier Offensive Leaders
Senior shortstop Seth Bynum maintains his team lead with a .403 batting average and also paces the club with 17 stolen bases, 52 hits, 45 RBI and 39 runs scored. Corby Heckman is second, hitting at a .374 clip. The junior has scored 35 runsand leads the Hoosiers with a .548 on-base percentage. Kevin Mahar and Joe Kemp are tied for third with a .368 batting average. Mahar leads the club with 11 home runs and Kemp ranks first with 13 doubles.
In Big Ten games, senior outfielder Ryan Donley carries a team-best .425 batting average and has nine RBI.
A Look At The Redhawks
Miami (Ohio) enter Wednesday's contest with a 22-11 record overall. In addition, the Redhawks are 6-1 in Mid-American Conference play and occupy first place in the MAC-East standings.
Sam Sellery leads the RedHawks at the plate with a .382 batting average. John Slone and Mike Ferris ranked tied for second with a .372 average. Ferris is currently the nation's leading home run hitter. He has hit 17 long balls in 33 games, an average of 0.52 per contest. Slone paces the club with 11 doubles and has stolen 11 bases.
Overall the RedHawks hit .317 as a team and have out-scored their opponents, 250-186.
Taylor Graham leads Miami with 58.2 innings pitched. Graham has a 6-1 record to go with a 3.84 ERA.
The All-time Series With Miami (Ohio)
Indiana holds a 34-27 lead in the all-time series with Miami (Ohio). The Hoosiers and RedHawks have split the last six meetings, with the home team winning each time. In 2003, Miami defeated defeated IU, 8-5, in Oxford, Ohio. The Hoosiers won the 2002 meeting, 10-7, in Bloomington.
Bynum Named Midseason All-American
IU shortstop Seth Bynum was recognized in the most recent issue of Baseball America as a member of the magazine's Midseason All-America team. In all of the four classes (seniors, juniors, sophomores freshmen), one player for each field position, a designated hitter and a utility player were listed, as well five starting pitchers, a relief pitcher and utility pitcher comprised the team. Bynum was selected as the senior team's shortstop.
In 99 at bats (at the time of the team was released), Bynum had 42 hits for a .422 batting average, the best of any shortstop on Baseball America's Midseason All-America team. Bynum, who was drafted by the Montreal Expos last June, is the only player to represent the Big Ten Conference.
Currently, Bynum leads Indiana ranks second among Big Ten hitters with a .403 batting average (in all games). He leads the league with 52 hits, 39 runs scored, 45 RBI and 17 stolen bases.
Lucky Seven at Sembower
Six home runs (March 24 vs. Chicago State) seemed like a stellar effort, but Indiana out-did itself on April 18 against Iowa. On a windy afternoon at Sembower Field, six IU players combined to go yard seven times. Joe Kemp led the way with two home runs to bring his season total to five. Cody Wargo, Ryan Parker, Reggie Watson, Jay Brant and Corby Heckman also hit long balls for the Cream and Crimson.
As a team, Indiana has hit a total of 34 home runs. Eleven different players have a least one homer.
Redhawk Ties to IU
Miami head coach Tracy Smith spent two seasons (1995-96) on the Indiana staff as an assistant to head coach Bob Morgan. Smith accepted the head coaching job at Miami, his alma mater, in 1997 and is now in his eighth season with the RedHawks.
RedHawk assistant Scott Googins spent eight seasons (1992-2000) as an assistant at Indiana before making the move to his native state of Ohio.
IU junior catcher Kurt Weigle began his career at Miami (Ohio). He played there as a freshman during the 2002 season before transferring to Indiana last season.
Ryan Donley is in the midst of his longest hitting streak of the season, a span of seven straight games. It also represents the longest active streak on the team.
Seth Bynum and Joe Kemp are the only two Hoosier players to start all 35 games this season.
Bynum is tops on the team with 15 multiple-RBI games.
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