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    HOOSIERS HEAD TO MINNESOTA

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    Go Hoosiers!
    May 2, 2000

    HOOSIERS HEAD TO MINNESOTA

    Game Data
    Indiana will travel to Minneapolis to face the Golden Gophers. Minnesota is currently second in the Big Ten, and just took three of four against Michigan State last weekend.

    Game Results
    Complete game results will be made available on the web at www.athletics.indiana.edu following the event. They can be viewed and printed out by choosing baseball from the main menu.

    Head Coach Bob Morgan
    Bob Morgan is in his 17th season at Indiana. He has posted a 637-359-3 record while with the Hoosiers and owns a career mark of 929-447-5. He currently ranks in the top ten nationally amongst active Division I coaches in career winning percentage and in the top 20 in career victories. Furthermore, Morgan has never suffered a losing season in this is 25th year as a collegiate head coach.

    The Opposition
    Last season the Hoosiers took only one of the four game series with the Gophers. Minnesota finished second to Ohio State in the Big Ten standings in 1999. They return six starters, and lost only one pitcher to graduation.

    On the Road
    The Hoosiers are 9-11 at away games this season. Benji Clause leads the team with a .345 average on the road, better than his overall average of .315. Fred Graf leads the pitchers with a 4.50 ERA on the road.

    Conference Contenders
    Blake St. Clair is second in the Big Ten in home runs. St. Clair has posted five in Big Ten play so far this year. Vasilli Spanos is third with four. Spanos is seventh in batting average (.358). The IU pitching staff is holding its opponents to a .230 batting average, the lowest in the Big Ten. Brad Edwards is second in the Big Ten (all games) in strikeouts. The sophomore has posted 66 K's this season.

    Hoping the Trend Continues
    Indiana has continually seen its team ERA drop over the last two seasons. In 1998 the Hoosiers posted a team ERA of 6.16. Last year Indiana was tops in the Big Ten with an ERA of 4.86. The Hoosiers currently own a team ERA of 4.38.

    One Run Games
    Of the Hoosiers 21 losses this season, 10 of them have come by one run. Indiana has won only two games by one run. Eight of the Hoosiers' 13 losses in the Big Ten were by one run.

    The Rotation
    Indiana is scheduled to throw left-hander Brad Edwards on Friday, right-hander Zach McClellan and left-hander David Ferris on Saturday and right-hander Fred Graf on Sunday.

    Excellent Edwards
    Against Purdue, Brad Edwards saw one of the only conference teams to hit off him. The sophomore gave up 10 hits in six innings work, allowing six runs. However, against Northwestern he took a no-hitter into the seventh inning of a seven inning game and gave up a leadoff single in the final stanza. He faced 22 batters on the day, just one over the minimum and fanned eight, while allowing just that one single.
    In his four Big Ten starts he has only allowed 21 hits in his 28 innings of work. He owns a 2-2 mark in Big Ten action with a 4.18 ERA and the opposition is hitting just .210 against him. Overall on the season he is 5-3 with a 4.20 ERA. His 63 strikeouts this season is the team's top mark. Edwards has kept runners from stealing this season. Only three have succeeded, compared to the ten that have attempted a stolen base.

    Ferris on Fire
    David Ferris is 7-2 on the season this year with a 3.62 ERA. In Big Ten play Ferris is 2-2 with a 5.64 ERA. He is second behind Brad Edwards with 22 strikeouts in conference play. The opposition is hitting just .241 against him in Big Ten action. Entering this season the junior left-hander owned a career conference mark of 2-1 and an ERA of 9.15.

    Big Mac
    Zach McClellan comes into this weekend with a 5-4 record, and a 4.22 ERA. In Big Ten play, McClellan is 3-2 with a 4.65 ERA. He's fanned 54 batters, 21 in Big Ten play. McClellan's Big Ten ERA is the best for the Hoosiers. He ranks 15th in the conference in strikeouts.

    Great Graf
    Fred Graf brings a 5-6 record and a 3.83 ERA into this weekend. Graf is looking for his first Big Ten win against the Gophers. In conference play he has a 5.56 ERA, and the opposition is batting .343 against him. Graf's overall ERA ranks him in the top 15 in the conference.

    Go the Distance
    Against Purdue, Zach McClellan threw the eighth complete game from a Hoosier this season. Seven of those have come against Big Ten opponents.

    Williams Enjoying Big Ten Action
    Jason Williams is hitting a team-best .441 (15-for-34) in Big Ten play this season. In non conference action the senior outfielder owns a .339 (40-for-118) mark.

    Spanos in the Clutch
    Freshman Vasilli Spanos owns a .395 average with runners in scoring position this season. He leads the team with a .358 average and 32 RBI.

    Ferris Shuts Door on Lefties
    David Ferris has held left-handed hitters in check this season. Lefties are hitting just .214 against him.

    Berich Likes Pressure/Lefties
    Rich Berich is hitting .405 with two outs this season. He is hitting .472 against left-handed pitching while he owns a .312 mark against right-handed pitchers.

    Out of the Pen
    Tom Willerer, Nick Otte and Chris Wilson have been the Hoosiers three main relievers in Big Ten play. Willerer has appeared in seven games. Otte has appeared in five and Wilson has three appearances.

    A Change in the Tournament
    This season the Big Ten Tournament will feature the league's top six teams according to the regular season standings. The four-day tournament (May 17-20) will be of the double round robin format.

    Triple Trouble
    Indiana turned its first triple-play under Morgan against Bellermine. The 5-4-3 play came to end a Bellarmine rally. Dan Haegele has had four triples this season, putting him second in the conference.

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