Baseball Treks to Oxford to Face RedHawks
April 20, 2010
Indiana (19-15) at Miami (16-19)
All-time series: Indiana leads 37-31
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.
THE LAST TIME...
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.
DICKERSON HEATING UP
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.
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.
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