Hoosiers and Gophers Set For Metrodome Series on BTN
April 22, 2010
Indiana (19-16, 5-4) at Minnesota (14-23, 4-5)
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The Indiana baseball team heads north in search of its second straight series win when it takes on Minnesota in a three-game set at the Metrodome. The Hoosiers swept Iowa in Bloomington last weekend and sit at 19-16 overall and 5-4 in the conference in a tie for third place, a game back of Ohio State and Michigan. The Golden Gophers lost two of three at Northwestern last weekend and will be looking to bounce back in a series that will be televised live on the Big Ten Network.
THE LAST TIME...
In 2008, the two teams squared off in Minneapolis, as the Hoosiers took two from the Gophers. Minny won the first two before IU rallied for wins in games three and four, the finale an 8-7 nailbiter that saw IU break a 3-3 tie with five runs in the ninth and hold off the Gophers in the bottom of the frame.
SHOWING HIS DREW COLORS
The southpaw leads the conference in ERA and is also best in the Big Ten with a .201 batting average against. He entered this week third in the nation in ERA. His six wins and 60.0 innings rank second in the conference.
Leininger may have turned in his finest outing of the year against Ohio State on April 10. The Poway native was victimized by some defensive miscues in his nine-inning victory, as he surrendered just four hits and two walks, striking out eight in the contest. All four runs he allowed were unearned, as two IU errors in the fourth turned a 1-2-3 inning into a four-run frame for the Buckeyes. Leininger posted five innings where he set down OSU in order, and it would have been seven if his defense had not committed errors. He did not allow a hit out of the infield after Brian DeLucia's grand slam with one out in the fourth.
Leininger also put together one of the most remarkable streaks in Indiana baseball history earlier this year. On March 30, he saw his scoreless innings streak snapped at 28 2/3 with a two-run homer off the bat of Louisville's Andrew Clark. The scoreless streak is the best on record in Hoosier history. He did not allow a run - earned or unearned - between the second inning against West Virginia on Feb. 26 and the ninth inning against Louisville on March 30, a span of 32 days.
DICKERSON HEATING UP
Dickerson's 16 longballs are currently fourth nationally, 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 35 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 .521 average with eight doubles, one triple and seven home runs to go along with 16 RBI and 18 runs in just 48 at-bats. He leads the team with an amazing 1.167 slugging percentage and a .556 on-base percentage (1.723 OPS) over the last 17 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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