Baseball Treks to Oxford to Face RedHawks

    Go Hoosiers! Casey Smith is the scheduled starter for IU's game against Miami on Tuesday.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Casey Smith is the scheduled starter for IU's game against Miami on Tuesday.
    Go Hoosiers!

    April 20, 2010

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    Indiana (19-15) at Miami (16-19)
    McKie Field at Hayden Park • Oxford, Ohio

    Tuesday, April 20 | 6 p.m. ET
    IU - RHP Casey Smith (0-1, 10.71) | MU - RHP Brandon Meister (1-0, 9.00)
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    All-time series: Indiana leads 37-31
    Last meeting: Miami 19, Indiana 7, 3/13/10
    Last IU win: Indiana 5, Miami 2, 4/2/08

    The Indiana baseball team will take on Miami University in Oxford in the second meeting of the season for the two teams. The Hoosiers and RedHawks squared off in an unscheduled game on the Spring Trip for both teams, with MU dropping IU 19-7 at a miniscule Gainesville High School Field. The Hoosiers swept Iowa in Bloomington last weekend to improve to 19-15 overall and 5-4 in the conference, sitting in a tie for third place, a game back of Ohio State and Michigan.

    Miami took a 19-7 victory over the Hoosiers at the short right-field porch of Gainesville High School on March 13. Each team hit five home runs, but MU hit all five of its longballs with men on base and the Hoosiers had a trio of solo shots.

    Miami took the lone decision between the two teams in 2009, winning a 9-6 game at Sembower Field, after the teams split their 2008 contests. The RedHawks have won four of six games against the Hoosiers since head coach Tracy Smith took over at Indiana in 2006. IU is 0-2 at McKie Field in Smith's tenure, including an 11-4 loss in IU's last trip there in 2008.

    Tracy Smith is in his fifth season as Indiana Baseball's head coach. In 2009, he led the Hoosiers to their first Big Ten Tournament title since 1996 and the second NCAA Tournament appearance in school history. In his four years at the helm of the Hoosiers, IU is 123-141. In 13 years as a head coach, Smith has a career record of 440-361-1 (.551). Dan Simonds is in his fifth year at Miami after serving as an assistant under Smith for the RedHawks from 2000-04.

    All-America candidate Alex Dickerson is currently posting one of the most remarkable seasons in Indiana history. The left fielder is currently second in the Big Ten (behind teammate Jerrud Sabourin) with his .426 batting average and leads the conference in home runs (16), RBI (50) and slugging percentage (.831).

    Dickerson's 16 longballs are among the national leaders, and with his 14th homer of the year against Valpo, he became the third Hoosier in school history (Mike Smith, Josh Phegley) to have two seasons with 14 or more bombs.

    With 16 homers in 34 games, Dickerson is on pace to become just the fourth player in school history to hit 20 homers in a season. His 30 career homers are 10th in school history. He could potentially enter the school's top five in career homers (37) in just his second season.

    But perhaps the most impressive part is what Dickerson has done while out of the batter's box. The Poway native played mostly at designated hitter last year, but worked hard to improve his defense in the outfield over the summer, and has 60 putouts without an error this year.

    Sophomore Josh Lyon was projected as Indiana's starting catcher, but did not flinch when Dylan Swift earned the starting nod with his strong play behind the plate. Instead, the Indianapolis native kept the focus on his hitting and has emerged as a force for the Hoosiers out of the DH spot hitting sixth in the order. The hard work has paid off, as he was named Big Ten co-Player of the Week on Monday.

    Since returning from the team's Spring Trip, Lyon has a .511 average with seven doubles, one triple and six home runs to go along with 14 RBI in just 45 at-bats. Amazingly, he leads the team with a 1.111 slugging percentage and a .540 on-base percentage (1.651 OPS) over the last 16 games.

    In the Iowa series, he upped the ante, going 7-for-10 with four doubles and a homer to up his conference average to .577, second best in the Big Ten. His 1.000 conference slugging percentage is tops in the league and his .571 OBP is third in conference action.

    Indiana earned its first series win with a three-game sweep of Iowa over the weekend. It marked the third sweep in the last two years for the Hoosiers and the second straight time that IU has won all three from the Hawkeyes. Indiana outhit Iowa 41-26 in the series and just two of Iowa's hits went for extra bases.




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