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    IU Hosts Penn State This Weekend in Crucial Four-Game Series


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    May 2, 2002

    Hoosiers Host Crucial Series Against Penn State On Graduation Weekend

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    Junior Kennard Jones looks to continue his hot hitting as the Hoosiers host Penn State on graduation weekend.

    INDIANA UNIVERSITY
    Baseball Game Notes

    HOOSIERS VS. PENN STATE
    MAY 4 • 3 P.M.
    MAY 5 • 1 P.M. (DH)
    MAY 6 • 2 P.M.
    SEMBOWER FIELD
    BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA

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    BEST START SINCE 1999
    The Hoosiers’ overall record of 28-12 is the best record after 40 games since 1999 when the Hoosiers were also 29-11. In 1997, the Hoosiers also started the season 29-11.

    BEST BIG TEN START SINCE ‘92
    The Hoosiers’ Big Ten record of 9-8 is the best start since the 1992 Hoosiers had a 11-6 Big Ten record after 17 conference games.

    HOOSIER BASEBALL
    The 2002 campaign marks the 107th season Indiana has sponsored baseball as a varsity sport. During that time, the Hoosiers have squared off against 270 different opponents.

    BIG TEN CONFERENCE
    Indiana University is a member of the Big Ten Conference. The Hoosiers and the University of Michigan do not meet on this year’s regular season schedule. The Big Ten tournament is scheduled for May 22-25.

    WEATHER WREAKS HAVOC AT MINNESOTA
    Indiana traveled to Minneapolis for a four-game series against the defending Big Ten Tournament champion Golden Gophers, but were only able to squeeze out two games. On a Saturday full of snow and rain, the teams were unable to play a pair and suffered through a long day. On Friday, the Hoosiers had trouble on the offensive end as they could not get anything going. The Gophers were victorious in the first game, 8-1. IU stranded 13 runners and the lone RBI came off the bat of junior Nick Evans scoring sophomore Mark Calkins. Junior Kennard Jones continued his consistent season by extending his hit streak to 12 games with a pair of hits. After the groundscrew got done pulling snow and ice off the field, the Hoosiers and Gophers locked up one last time with UM pulling out a 4-2 victory. Sophomore Josh Romero provided the early offense with a solo home run to give IU a 1-0 advantage. The Gophers posted a pair, but IU answered with a RBI ground out off the bat of junior Vasili Spanos. UM posted a pair in the bottom of the sixth to take a 4-2 lead and win the ballgame. Jones extended his streak to 13 games with a pair of hits on Sunday as well. Minnesota has lost four games to weather this year, while the Hoosiers have lost three.

    THE NITTANY LIONS & THE SERIES
    Penn State enters this crucial series with an 18-22 record and a 7-12 mark in conference play. The teams have gotten together on 39 occasions with PSU owning a 21-18 margin over IU. The two teams last met in Bloomington in 2001 and split a pair of games. IU won the first game 6-3 and PSU earned the win in game two, 7-1.

    NITTANY LION LEADERS
    Offensively, the Nittany Lions are led by Mike DeRenzo. DeRenzo leads PSU in at-bats (156), hits (57) and is third in RBI (23). Wes Reohr is PSU’s leading power threat with seven homers and a team second-best 54 hits. The team enters the weekend with a .292 team batting average. On the mound, the Lions are led by Mike Watson, who sports a 5-3 record and a 4.14 ERA in 10 starts. Watson has thrown 67.2 innings and walked 30 while striking out 72. Aaron Troessler is 3-2 in seven starts with 44.2 innings of work and Josh Palm is 2-3 in eight starts with 42.2 innings pitched.

    AND THE STREAK ROLLS ON
    Junior Kennard Jones maintained his second hitting streak of the season this weekend. Jones had a pair of hits in each ballgame to up his streak to 13 games. The streak ties the second-longest on the team, but is Jones’ second-longest of this season as he also had a 14-game streak.

    OTTE SITTING PRETTY IN ERA CHASE
    Fifth-year senior Zach Otte has had a career year in 2002. Not only has he thrown three complete games, but he also has an ERA of 2.12. He has given up 13 earned runs in 55.1 innings of work and ranks 24th in the nation. Coming off Tommy John surgery two years ago, Otte says that he feels no repercussions from the surgery and this is his best year.

    SPANOS JOINS 100-HIT CLUB
    Junior third baseman Vasili Spanos notched the 100th hit of his career in Florida against Northern Illinois. The third baseman was 2-for-3 with two RBI in the victory. Spanos, a native of River Forest, Illinois, has registered 135 hits in his career. For the season, Spanos is batting .386 with a team-high 12 home runs and 47 RBI.

    MILESTONE AFTER MILESTONE FOR BLAKELEY
    Career milestones are not a new thing for senior Eric Blakeley. Earlier in the season, Blakeley entered Indiana’s all-time top 20 in stolen bases. He has 34 for his career and nine for this season to sit him alone in 18th all-time. Blakeley also entered the 100-hit club earlier this season. The Hoosier shortstop scored his 100th run in IU’s 4-0 win over Illinois. Blakeley now has 116 runs for his career. In addition, Blakeley also knocked in his 100th RBI this season. A home run to left center field in a 14-11 defeat to Ohio State was Blakeley 100th RBI. He also hit a two-run shot to bring his total to 103 for his career. Additionally, Blakeley jumped into 20th all-time with his 166th career hit. The Hoosier shortstop had three hits in the series opener against Ohio State to push him into 20th all-time. Another pair of hits will put him in 19th all-time.

    SPANOS IS TWO-TIME PLAYER OF THE WEEK
    Junior Vasili Spanos is the season’s first back-to-back winner of the Big Ten Player of the Week honor. The first honor was solo while the second was shared with Mike Sokol of Michigan.

    CALKINS REACHES CAREER MILESTONE
    Junior Mark Calkins has really exploded at the plate this season. Calkins collected the 100th hit of his career in a 4-3 victory over Wright State. Calkins now has 106 hits in his career and is still climbing.

    MOVE OVER DEION...IT’S HAMDAN TIME
    Senior first baseman Gibran Hamdan collected his 100th hit in the 3-2 loss against Ohio State. Hamdan hit a two-run home run for his 100th career hit and currently sits on 102. Additionally, Hamdan was a two-sport star last weekend. The Hoosier first baseman not only played in Friday’s 3 p.m. game, but also traveled immediately after the baseball game to IU’s annual spring football game. He threw the game-winning touchdown for the Crimson team and led them to the victory as the quarterback.

    MORGAN NEARING 1,000
    With 982 career wins going into the weekend, Indiana head coach Bob Morgan is only 18 victories away from reaching the 1,000-win mark for his career. Morgan, who is the winningest coach in the history of Hoosier baseball, ranks second among all Big Ten head coaches in career victories, behind only Illinois’ Richard “Itch” Jones. Jones enters the 2002 campaign with 1,126 career wins. Morgan ranks in the top 20 among all active coaches in both wins and in winning percentage. In fact, in the 26 years Morgan has been a head coach, he has only had one season in which his team did not enjoy a winning season.

    SPANOS ENTERS TOP 20...MORE THAN ONCE
    With career numbers skyrocketing this season, junior Vasili Spanos is benefiting from this strong season. The third baseman has moved into a tie for ninth in career home runs with 28, tied for 13th in extra base hits with 62 and is now tied for 18th with 120 career RBI. The most interesting thing about it is that Spanos still has another season after this year. His numbers will continue to climb.

    LITTLE COACH BORN...ONE MORE ON THE WAY
    IU assistant coach Tony Kestranek’s wife gave birth to the couple’s second child on Monday. A boy, Sammy, was born on Monday weighing 8 pounds and 21 inches in length. Also, assistant coach Jeff Calcaterra and his wife are expecting their first child later this year.

    RECORD WATCH
    Indiana Team Batting Average
    Rk Year Hits AB Avg.
    1. 1988 623 1756 .355
    2. 1992 603 1723 .350
    3. 1985 639 2185 .344
    4. 2002 456 1343 .340

    Single Season ERA
    1. Vernon Wilshere 1934 1.10
    2. Gary Sargent 1967 1.20
    3. Erv Inninger 1965 1.53
    4. Dave Granger 1963 1.58 5. Gary Sargent 1968 1.68
    6. Don Dunker 1941 1.80
    7. Adam Pegg 2002 1.95
    8. Gary Sargent 1966 1.97

    Single Season Slugging Percentage
    1. Mickey Morandini 1986 .844
    2. Vasili Spanos 2002 .795
    3. Kevin Orie 1992 .783

    Single Season Saves
    1. Chris Wilson 1999 8
    2. Jeff Cisar 1983 7
    Chris Koehler 1992 7
    3. Ryan Smith 2002 6
    Rick Hazelip 1982 6

    Indiana Career Home Runs
    1. Mike Sabo 85-88 47
    Mike Smith 89-92 47
    3. Alex Smith 82-86 43
    4. Mickey Morandini 85-88 37
    5. Bill Mueller 82-85 36
    6. Kevin Orie 91-93 34
    7. Steve Smella 93-96 31
    8. Phil Dauphin 88-90 29
    9. Doug Devore 97-99 28
    Larry Blackwell 79-82 28
    Mike Crotty 94-97 28
    Vasili Spanos 00-02 28

    Indiana Career Big Ten Home Runs
    1. Mike Smith 89-92 27
    2. Kevin Orie 91-93 14
    Phil Dauphin 88-90 14
    Vasili Spanos 00-02 14
    5. Doug Devore 97-99 13
    Robert Crotty 94-97 13

    Indiana Career Big Ten Triples
    1. Phil Dauphin 88-90 10
    2. Jamie Bucaro 76-78 6
    3. Mike Sabo 85-88 5
    Mickey Morandini 85-88 5
    5. Jason Williams 97-00 4
    Robert Johnson 78-79 4 Eric Blakeley 99-02 4
    Frank O’Connell 98-99 4

    HOOSIERS AT THE PLATE
    Multiple Hit Games
    Name 2 3 4 5+ Total
    Kennard Jones 17 6 1 1 25
    Eric Blakeley 13 3 1 - 17
    Vasili Spanos 12 3 - - 15
    Mark Calkins 9 5 - - 14
    Gibran Hamdan 9 2 2 - 13
    Joe Kemp 7 3 - - 10
    Kenny Marrs 8 - - - 8
    Nick Evans 5 2 - - 7
    Ryan Donley 4 1 1 - 6
    Jay Brant 2 1 1 - 4
    Josh Romero 3 - - - 3
    Bill Geiger 2 - - - 2
    Michael Woodside 1 1 - - 2
    Cody Wargo 2 - - - 2
    Brad DeStefano 1 - - - 1
    Brian Bucciarelli 1 - - - 1

    Multiple RBI Games
    Name 2 3 4 5+ Total
    Vasili Spanos 8 3 2 1 14
    Eric Blakeley 5 5 - 2 12
    Gibran Hamdan 5 3 1 - 9
    Joe Kemp 4 2 3 - 9
    Mark Calkins 3 3 1 1 8
    Nick Evans 4 1 - - 5
    Kennard Jones 3 2 - - 5
    Jay Brant 3 - 1 - 4
    Ryan Donley 3 - - 1 4
    Kenny Marrs 4 - - - 4
    Jeff Meyrowitz 2 - - - 2
    Bill Geiger 1 1 - - 2
    Cody Wargo 1 - - - 1
    Corby Heckman 1 - - - 1
    Mark Minor 1 - - - 1

    Hitting Streaks
    Name Longest Current
    Kennard Jones 14 13
    Mark Calkins 11 8
    Kenny Marrs 11 1
    Vasili Spanos 10 -
    Gibran Hamdan 7 -
    Eric Blakeley 8 3
    Joe Kemp 7 3
    Nick Evans 6 1
    Jay Brant 6 -
    Mark Minor 3 -
    Jeff Meyrowitz 3 1
    Ryan Donley 3 1
    Corby Heckman 2 -
    Josh Romero 2 1
    Brad DeStefano 2 2
    Bill Geiger 2 1
    Cody Wargo 2 -
    Michael Woodside 1 -
    Brian Bucciarelli 1 -

    IU IN THE NATIONAL RANKS
    (As of April 29)

    Team Batting
    Rank AB Hits Avg.
    10th 1343 456 .340

    Team Scoring
    Rank Runs Avg.
    T-29th 330 8.3

    Individual
    Batting
    Rank Name AB Hits Avg.
    31st Kennard Jones 169 71 .420

    Earned Run Average
    Rank Name IP R ER ERA
    24th Zach Otte 55.2 17

    2002 Bio Updates
    25 Chris Behrens
    So. • LHP • Stafford, Va./Brooke Point H.S.
    Has made eight appearances with one start • threw two innings and gave up one run on three hits in 14-4 win over DePauw • threw two innings and gave up one run on four hits in 21-1 victory over Manhattan • also threw two innings against Detroit Mercy and gave up one run on two hits and struck out two.

    3 Eric Blakeley
    Sr. • SS • Greenville, Ohio/Greenville H.S.
    Senior leader on and off the field • has hit a career-high eight homers and has 47 RBI this season • hit game-winning home run against Illinois to win series 3-1 • has started all 30 games for the Hoosiers at shortstop • went 5-10 in sweep of Detroit Mercy • hit game-winning RBI single against Ohio State • homered twice against Ohio State • second on team in stolen bases (9).

    29 Pat Boucher
    Sr. • RHP • Pasadena, Md./Charleston Southern
    Has made 12 appearances on the mound for the Hoosiers in the 2002 season • got the start against Yale and threw four innings and gave up just two runs on three hits • picked up his first win of the season against Valparaiso when he threw 2.2 innings and gave up just two runs on three hits • earned the decision against Wright State after 2.2 innings of one-run relief.

    21 Jay Brant
    Fr. • 2B • Indianapolis, Ind./Brebeuf Jesuit
    Has started 32 games at second base for the Hoosiers • has a .250 average in 108 at-bats • hit his first IU home run against Detroit Mercy in a 22-2 victory • has five doubles and 10 RBI on the season • hit his second home run of the season against Iowa in 17-13 defeat.

    22 Brian Bucciarelli
    Fr. • OF • Hoffman Estates, Ill./Fremd H.S.
    Has been utilized in a pinch-hitting role • has a .333 avg. in 12 at-bats this season • has a double, a walk and a RBI this season • has appeared in 10 games in his first season.

    2 Mark Calkins
    So. • OF • Portland, Ore./Jesuit H.S.
    Is a strong competitor in left field • has made 34 starts this season all in left field • is third on the team with a .374 average in 123 at-bats • homered and had five RBI in season opener against Taylor • also had a home run and four RBI against Xavier • has 34 RBI on the season with seven doubles, two triples and three homers.

    11 Jacob Cary
    Jr. • RHP • Bruceville, Ind./North Knox
    One of IU’s top starters • threw a complete game in a 6-4 loss to Illinois • has thrown 53.2 innings including two eight inning appearances in Florida • had won three straight starts heading into Illinois game • threw four innings of scoreless ball against Taylor in 15-0 win.

    14 Brad Destefano
    Jr. • OF • Bloomington, Ind./South
    Has appeared in two games and has three hits in his five at-bats • has a stolen base and was also hit by a pitch.

    13 Ryan donley
    So. • OF • Oregon, Ohio/Clay
    Has appeared in 20 games with nine starts • went 4-6 against Manhattan with five RBI and a double • has 14 RBI on the season along with 15 hits • had two hits and two RBI, including game-winner, in 4-3 victory at Wright State.

    27 Nick Evans
    Jr. • INF • Findlay, Ohio/Findlay
    Has appeared in 24 games with 21 starts • went 2-4 with three RBI against Detroit Mercy • had a pair of RBI at East Tennessee State, Xavier, Northern Illinois and in game three against Detroit Mercy.

    20 Bill Geiger
    Sr. • INF/C • Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove
    Appeared in seven games • went 2-2 with three RBI against Detroit Mercy • also went 2-3 against Manhattan and had a RBI.

    17 Gibran Hamdan
    Sr. • 1B • N. Potomac, Md./Bishop O’Connell
    Is splitting time between baseball and football for the Hoosiers • has started 32 games for the Hoosiers this season • is batting .336 • has nine doubles and six home runs this season • hit game-winning grand slam against Wright State • threw game-winning touchdown in Indiana Football’s annual spring game.

    18 Corby Heckman
    Fr. • INF • Spencer, Ind./Owen Valley
    Has seen limited action in his first season as a Hoosier • has two RBI in seven at-bats • has walked one time.

    35 Roy Irle
    Fr. • RHP • Anderson, Ind./Anderson
    Has appeared in five games for the Hoosiers • made first IU start against Valparaiso and threw two innings • threw an inning of scoreless relief against Manhattan in Florida.

    10 Kennard Jones
    Jr. • CF • Beltsville, Md./Wallace State C.C.
    IU’s lead off hitter and top center fielder • currently team leader and top in the Big Ten with a .416 average • has started in center field in every game • leads conference in hits with 67, runs with 58 and is tied second in stolen bases with 20 • has 23 multi-hit games • has had two double-digit hit streaks this season, one of 14 games and a current one of 11.

    12 Joe Kemp
    So. • UTIL • Bowie, Md./Riverdale Baptist
    Is IU’s utility player that can pitch and play the field • has made 31 starts for the Hoosiers and has 34 RBI • has walked 16 times in 113 at-bats • homered against East Tennessee State and had four RBI • leads the team with three triples • hit second home run of the season against Michigan State • Hoosiers are 11-2 when Kemp starts as DH • missed the cycle by a single against Ohio State.

    28 Kenny Marrs
    Jr. • OF • Olney, Ill./Olney Central C.C.
    Consistent presence in right field • has made 21 starts • has a .355 avg. with 14 RBI, six doubles and two triples • has seven two-hit games on the season • went 2-4 with two RBI against Detroit Mercy.

    40 Jeff Meyrowitz
    Fr. • INF • Okemos, Mich./Okemos
    Mainly used as a pinch-hitter or substitute • has a .556 average in nine at-bats • has five RBI including two against Taylor in the season opener • also had two RBI against Manhattan in Florida.

    16 Mark Minor
    Sr. • INF • Dublin, Ohio/Coffman
    Has played in 17 games with three starts • is batting .286 with two doubles and five RBI in 21 at-bats • went 1-1 with an two-run double against Detroit Mercy • filled in for Vasili Spanos and knocked an RBI-single against Miami.

    26 Kevin O’Brien
    Jr. • RHP • Patterson, N.Y./Carmel
    Made the transition to middle relief this season • has a 3.86 ERA in 10 appearances • earned the victory after two innings of scoreless relief against Xavier • also threw a pair of scoreless innings against Northern Illinois.

    30 Zach Otte
    Sr. • LHP • Tipp City, Ohio/Tippecanoe
    One of IU’s top starters • has appeared in 11 games with seven starts • owns a 6-1 record with a 3-0 Big Ten record • threw a complete game in second game of Illinois series to earn the victory • threw his second career complete game against Iowa • threw a complete game, five-hit 1-0 shutout at Michigan State • leads the team and is second in the Big Ten with a 1.61 ERA.

    43 Matt Ousley
    Sr. • RHP • Berne, Ind./IUPUI
    Middle reliever from IUPUI • has appeared in seven games with three starts • has given up 14 runs with 11 being earned in his 15.0 innings of work • made his first career start against Indiana State • has gotten the nod in the last three midweek, non-conference ballgames.

    23 Adam Pegg
    So. • RHP • Yorktown, Ind./Yorktown
    One of IU’s top pitchers • has a 4-2 record with a 1.95 ERA in 13 appearances • got the start against Illinois and earned the victory with 4.1 innings of work • gave up just two runs on three hits against the Illini • threw 3.1 innings of relief against Yale and earned the victory.

    24 Matt Rice
    Sr. • LHP • Centerville, Ohio/Centerville
    One of IU’s top lefthanders • has made seven appearances with four starts • threw 6.1 innings as a starter against Northern Iowa and earned an 8-4 victory • threw 2.2 innings against Illinois and gave up just one run on four hits but earned a no decision.

    31 Josh Romero
    So. • C • Hamilton, Ohio/Lakota West
    Backup catcher for Indiana • has appeared in 25 games with 18 being starts • holds a .295 average in 44 at-bats • has a double and five RBI on the season • has been hit by a pitch on four occasions.

    32 Ryan Smith
    Jr. • RHP • Carmel, Ind./Westfield
    IU’s top closer • has made 17 appearances and earned the save in six of them • threw two innings of scoreless relief to pick up the win versus Detroit Mercy • threw 1.2 innings of scoreless relief to earn the victory over Miami of Ohio • threw 2.2 innings of relief against East Tennessee State and gave up just one run • shut down Wright State in the ninth to secure save six and a 4-3 win.

    7 Vasili Spanos
    Jr. • 3B • River Forest, Ill./Oak Park
    IU’s top hitter • is second in the Big Ten with 12 home runs • leads the conference with 47 RBI and an .835 slugging pct. • also league leader in on-base pct. (.516) • named Big Ten Player of the Week in back-to-back weeks • homered twice against Illinois in 9-2 win • also homered twice against Taylor and Valparaiso • has started 38 games with 37 at third base.

    36 Nick Vitielliss
    Jr. • RHP • Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone
    One of IU’s top pitchers • has appeared in 12 games with nine being starts • threw a complete game, four-hit shutout against Illinois in the third game of the series • threw his second complete game against Iowa earning his fourth victory of the season • earned his third straight win to remain undefeated in 8-4 win over Michigan State in East Lansing.

    8 Cody Wargo
    So. • C • Owings, Md./Northern
    Catcher for IU • has played in 31 games with 19 starts • hit his first career home run against Detroit Mercy • has walked 11 times this season in 50 at-bats • had three walks in second game against Detroit Mercy.

    15 Michael Woodside
    Sr. • 1B • Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral
    Role is primarily as a pinch-hitter or designated hitter • had a double in a 3-5 day against Fairleigh Dickinson • has three RBI, two doubles and one stolen base on the season • hit two-run home run in exhibition contest against Ontario Blue Jays.


    Big Ten Conference Standings
    Conference Record
    Overall Record
    Ohio State
    11-4
    .733
    23-11-1
    .671
    Michigan State
    9-6
    .600
    27-9
    .750
    Indiana
    9-6
    .600
    28-10
    .737
    Minnesota
    8-6
    .571
    18-20
    .474
    Purdue
    9-7
    .562
    19-19
    .500
    Illinois
    7-8
    .467
    22-10
    .688
    Michigan
    7-9
    .438
    12-22
    .353
    Northwestern
    6-9
    .400
    15-19
    .441
    Iowa
    6-10
    .375
    17-19
    .472
    Penn State
    4-11
    .267
    15-21
    .417









     

     


       

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