Indiana vs. Purdue ... Let's Do This
April 28, 2011
It's Indiana-Purdue Week on the baseball diamond this week. The Hoosiers (25-16, 6-6 Big Ten) and Boilermakers (27-13, 7-5) get after it with a 4:00 pm first pitch on Friday to start a three-game weekend series.
The significance of this series goes well beyond the in-state rivalry. At the mid-way point of the Big Ten season, eight teams are within one game of the top spot in the log-jammed conference standings. With just six teams making the NCAA-automatic-bid-determing Big Ten Tournament, every game could make or break a season.
Indiana owns a 10-8 lead in the 2010-11 Smithville Crimson and Gold Cup standings and has the chance to clinch the season victory this weekend. If baseball wins the series and both the men's and women's golf teams out-shoot the Boilers at the Big Ten Golf Championships, IU would seal the deal. The Hoosiers own a 3-1-2 advantage in the all-time series.
Head Coach Tracy Smith will send out the same rotation as last week, LHP Blake Monar (Friday), RHP Chad Martin (Saturday) and LHP Joey DeNato (Sunday). Purdue will counter with a trio of right-handers in Matt Morgan, Joe Haase and Brad Schreiber.
Head to IUHoosiers.com for live audio and GameTracker for all three contests.
HOOSIER QUICK HITS
DICKERSON'S 11-GAME HITTING STREAK
DEMUTH DOING IT BIG IN THE BIG TEN
YOU'RE NOT FRESHMAN ANYMORE
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.
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