HOOSIERS HIT THE ROAD FOR 5 GAMES
April 27, 1999 HOOSIERS HIT THE ROAD FOR 5 GAMES
THIS WEEK: The Hoosiers play the first of nine games away from home this week as they play at Valparaiso Wednesday (April 27) at 3 p.m. IU then continues Big Ten action at Northwestern this weekend April 30-May 2. Friday's game begins at 3 p.m., Saturday's doubleheader and Sunday's game begins at 1 p.m.
GET USED TO BEING AWAY: The Hoosiers have played 14 consecutive games at home but that is all about to change. IU has 14 remaining games and 13 of them are away from home, including all remaining 12 conference games. Indiana is 9-5 away from home this season which includes a 7-1 neutral site record and 2-4 roard mark.
HOOSIER HEAD COACH BOB MORGAN. . .is in his 16th season at Indiana. He has a record of 602-333-3 at Indiana. He is in his 24th season as a college head coach and has a career mark of 893-422-5. He has never had a losing season as a head coach and if the Hoosiers can notch 30 wins this season, and they only need one more win to do that, he will have won at least 30 in 15 of his 16 years at IU. At the beginning of this season he ranked 11th on the NCAA Division 1 active coaches list for winning percentage. He also began the season ranked 23rd on the NCAA Division 1 all-time victory list.
LAST WEEKEND: For the second consecutive weekend, the Hoosiers dropped three of four games as they fell victim to Minnesota. Indiana led the first game 6-3 before allowing six runs in the eighth to lose 9-7. The Hoosier opened the sixth inning in a 3-3 tie. With two men on, DH Dan Haegele singled to center field scoring 1B Mark Minor. On the next play, Haegele advanced to third and scored on an error by pitcher Kelly Werner and 2B Benji Clause stole home to take the 6-3 lead. The lead was not big enough for the Hoosiers as Minnesota came out strong in the eighth to tallied six runs on five hits to make the score 9-6. Hoosier starter RHP Jason Torres only gave up five hits today but walked eight in a seven inning effort. Chris Wilson came on in the eighth to record the loss as he gave up three runs while striking out two. Minnesota got the bats out on in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader as they scored in five different innings for a 16-3 victory. Chad Smith suffered the loss as he gave up six runs in three innings. The Hoosiers committed three errors in game two which resulted in six unearned runs for Minnesota as the Gophers won 9-7. IU battled back from a 9-2 deficit in the game by scoring five in the sixth. Despite a three-run charge in the ninth, Indiana managed to defeat the Gophers 11-10 in the final game of the series. Senior 1B Chris Stroble led the Hoosier attack going 3-3 and scoring three runs on Senior Day. His batting average skyrocked from .222 to .385 after his performance. Blake St. Clair and 2B Sam Incandela also had good offensive games. St. Clair was 3-4 with five RBI and one run while Incandela was 3-5 with two runs and one RBI. The Hoosiers had 13 hits. Zach McClellan recorded his fifth win of the year to remain undefeated. He threw five innings allowing seven hits and three runs while punching out three batters. Chris Wilson came on in the seventh and recorded his second save of the year.
ON THE HILL: Indiana's projected starting rotation for the weekend looks like this:
Friday Jason Torres (3-1, 2.80 ERA)
Saturday Game 1 Chad Smith (4-6, 4.94 ERA) or David Ferris (3-2, 4.84 ERA)
Saturday Game 2 Ferris or Chris Wilson (3-2, 5.40 ERA)
Sunday Zack McClellan (5-0, 5.63 ERA) or Brad Edwards (3-0, 5.79 ERA)
LOOKING AHEAD: The Hoosiers have next week off due to final exams but ate then back in action next Saturday, Sunday and Monday at Michigan as they continue Big Ten play.
The Hoosiers enter this weekend in a tie for sixth in the conference with a 7-9 mark. However, they are just one game out of fourth place which is held by Michigan at 8-8. Northwestern is one of the other teams (Purdue is the other) tied with the Hoosiers in sixthIndiana is the top pitching team in the conference with a 4.60 ERA. They are the only team to be below 5.00 this seasonIU is also first in the Big Ten in stolen bases with 88 and with 230 walks. Indiana's .529 slugging percentage is also the best in the leagueThe Hoosiers hit .315 last weekend but the downfall came in fielding 11 errors in the four games and in pitching. IU allowed 25 walks and the team ERA was 9.00.
At the Plate: Junior RF Doug DeVore is second in the Big Ten in home runs (14), third in total bases (114), fifth in RBI's (48), and is hitting .362. He did not have a good weekend against Minnesota as he was just 2-for-16 with just 1 RBI. Both hits were singles. He still leads the team in slugging percentage (.765) and has been issued five intentional walks. His 14 home runs is in a tie for sixth (with Mike Sabo) on the IU single season home run list Jason Williams had a good weekend against the Gophers as he went 5-for-12 with 3 walks. He is now the Hoosiers leading hitter at .383 which ranks third in the Big Ten. The senior from Carmel has not committed an error in 42 chances this season. Sophomore LF Blake St. Clair had a big week as he hit three home runs including two against Minnesota. He went 6-for-9 against the Gophers with 7 RBI. He now has 7 HRs on the season to go along with 33 RBI. He is tied for first in the Big Ten and is sixth in the nation in triples with five. The Bellefontaine, Ohio native is first on the team with a .516 on base percentage. Senior C Brandt Childs was another hitter the Gophers held in check as he was just 2-for-13 in the series. He is still second on the team with 8 HRs. He has only three errors in 264 chances behind the plate. Sophomore DH Dan Haegele is fourth in the Big Ten in runs scored (48) and is second in the league with 21 stolen bases. He was 6-for-15 in the Minnesota series and added 5 RBI. He leads the team in HBP with 13 and is third on the team with 25 drawn walks. Freshman 1B Mark Minor has become an important contributor to the Indiana lineup as he has started at first base since the middle of March. He was 3-for-7 vs. Minnesota and scored two runs. Senior 3B Frank O'Connell was 5-for-16 against UM with a triple. He is in a tie for third on the team with 7 HRsSS Ryan Schade is hitting .324 this season after going .190 last year. He had just one hit in 7 ABs vs. Minnesota Seniors Chris Stroble and Sam Incandela got a chance to play against Minnesota and made the most of their chances. Stroble was 3-for-4 including a 3-for-3 game with a walk in the fourth game. He also made a diving snare of line drive. Incandela was 3-for-9 with an RBI and a stolen base.
RHP Jason Torres leads the Big Ten in ERA (2.80) and has given up only 14 earned runs in his last 56 innings...the senior from Chesterton has punched out 56 batters in his last six starts, giving him 71 (third in the league). Opposing batters are hitting just .189 against him and he has two complete gamesRHP Nick Otte is tied for the Big Ten lead with six victories...Freshman LHP Brad Edwards is 3-0 overall and Indiana is 8-0 this season with Edwards starting on the hillSenior RHP Chad Smith gave up six runs in 3 innings Saturday. His 59 strikeouts are fourth in the conference Sophomore RHP Dave Ferris is 3-2. He gave up three earned runs in 3.2 IPs in his start vs. MinnesotaJunior RHP Chris Wilson lost the first game of the series vs. UM but came back in the final game to record the save. He pitched 2.2 innings in game four and struckout two for his second save of the yearZack McClellan moved to 5-0 on the year, picking up the win against Minnesota. The Toledo native is 8-0 lifetime as a Hoosier. He struckout three in 5 innings vs. the Gophers.
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