First Place Hoosiers Hosting Minnesota This Weekend
April 21, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana (25-12) looks to stay hot in conference play this weekend when Minnesota (11-15) visits Sembower field for a three-game series. The Hoosiers are tied with Michigan State for the top spot in the Big Ten standigns, sitting at 6-3. The conference's preseason favorite, Minnesota, is off to a slow start with a 3-6 Big Ten mark.
Sunday, Apr. 24
After taking two of three from Iowa on the road last weekend, the Hoosiers kept the momentum rolling this week. Indiana scored a pair of non-conference victories on Tuesday and Wednesday, including a big win on the road against Midwest powerhouse Louisville.
The majority of Minnesota's offense has come in the form of junior infielders AJ Petterson and Nick O'Shea. Petterson's .368 average and 19 runs lead the team, while O'Shea's 17 RBI are also tops. LHP Phil Isaksson and RHP TJ Oakes have been solid on the mound, each with sub-3.85 ERAs in over 40 innings of work.
IU first baseman and all-time hit king, Jerrud Sabourin, is riding an eight-game hitting streak while the Hoosier pitching staff hasn't allowed more than three runs in a game since Apr. 10.
For Sunday's Big Ten Network high definition broadcast Wayne Randazzo is set to call the play-by-play, supported by color commentary coming from 14-year MLB pitcher Cal Eldred.
HOOSIER QUICK HITS
IN THE LAST GO-AROUND
Minnesota sank the Hoosiers early, with eight runs in the first two innings. A majority of that offense came from Kyle Knudson and Nick O'Shea, with three hits and three RBI apiece. The Gophers won two of three during the regular season series as well.
APRIL SHOWERS BRING HOOSIER FLOWERS
RECORD BOOK WATCH
Alex Dickerson is closing in on an all-time school record of his own, just five hoemeruns shy of setting that all-time mark. Dickerson's 43 longballs are not only third in IU history but also slot him eighth nationally among active players. And remember, the junior has done so in less than three seasons.
A complete list of all-timer records in range of being broken can be found on page 10 of the game notes.
DENATO DAZZLES HIS WAY INTO THE RECORD BOOK
DICKERSON UP FOR NATIONAL AWARDS
In addition, Dickerson was named one of 20 semifinalists this week for the `Premier Player of College Baseball,' a fan voted accolade presented by Premier Players, Inc.
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