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    HOOSIERS HOST MIAMI (OH) AND MINNESOTA

    Go Hoosiers!
    Go Hoosiers!

    Go Hoosiers!
    April 20, 1999

    HOOSIERS HOST MIAMI (OH) AND MINNESOTA

    THIS WEEK: The Hoosiers, tied for third in the Big Ten, take on Miami of Ohio Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. and host Minnesota in an important Big Ten series beginning Friday at 3:00 p.m. at Sembower Field.

    THE OPPONENTS: The Red Hawks (18-17, 7-7 MAC) took three of four from Marshall last weekend in Oxford. The teams split their doubleheader on Saturday with the Red Hawks losing the first game 8-6 and winning the second 4-2. On Sunday, the Red hawks swept the Herd 9-4, 7-6. The Miami offense is led by LF D.J. Eckhart (.393, 4 HR, 29 RBI, 23 R, .573 SLG %) and CF Clark Hace (.353, 2 HR, 19 RBI, 28 R, 11 SB). Miami's pitching staff is led by Tim Wagner (5-2, 3.89 ERA, 37 IP) and Nate Tekavec (4-5, 60 IP, 61SO). Last season, in Oxford, the Red Hawks beat IU 29-6. The Red Hawks are coached by former Indiana assistant (1994-96) Tracy Smith. The Golden Gophers (27-9, 9-3) split with Michigan last weekend in Minneapolis. Michigan took Friday's game 8-3, the teams split the Saturday doubleheader 12-13, 15-14 and Minnesota earned a series split with an 11-5 win on Sunday. Minnesota is led by long ball threats Aron Amundson (.436, 6 HR, 31 RBI, 28 R, .787 SLG %) and Robb Quinilan (.430, 8 HR, 48 RBI, 44 R, .725 SLG %). Kelly Werner (4-2. 3.35 ERA), Brad Pautz (5-2, 4.78 ERA 2CG) and Frank Wagner (4-2, 5.06 ERA, 4 SV) are the pitchers to watch for Minnesota. Last season, the Gophers took three of four from the Hoosiers in Minneapolis.

    LAST WEEK: The Hoosiers dropped three of four to Michigan State at Sembower Field. After a Friday rainout, Michigan State won the first game 3-0 on Tom Hartley's three-run double in the sixth off Jason Torres. MSU starter Scott Brandell tossed a complete game one-hitter as none of Indiana's three base runners advanced past second base. In Saturday's second game Carlos Fernandez singled home Mike Wagner with two out in the seventh to break a 4-4 tie as the Spartans won 5-4. Junior RF Doug DeVore slammed his 14th home run of the year in the third. DeVore's blast moved him into a sixth place tie with Mike Sabo in the IU record book for single season home runs. On Sunday, the Hoosiers took the first game 8-7 after trailing 7-6 heading into the seventh. Senior C Brandt Childs reached on a fielder's choice with one out. Frank O'Connell singled and advanced pinch runner Eric Blakely to third. Senior CF Jason Williams reached on an error by SS Ted Demetral, scoring Blakely and O'Connell to give IU the come-from-behind win. In the final game, Indiana led 4-2 with two outs in the seventh, when CF Mike Wagner hit his second home run of the game, a two-run shot, to tie it at four. In the eighth, the Spartans responded with four runs and reliever Chris Yens shut the door as MSU picked up the 8-4 win.

    LOOKING AHEAD: Indiana heads to Evanston, Ill. for a four-game series with Northwestern. The Hoosiers swept the Wildcats last season at Sembower Field. Indiana and Northwestern are currently tied with Michigan for third place in the Big Ten. Ohio State sits in first with an 11-1 record.

    © Indiana University Athletics, 1999

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