HOOSIERS HEAD TO MICHIGAN FOR BIG WEEKEND
May 3, 1999 HOOSIERS HEAD TO MICHIGAN FOR BIG WEEKEND
THIS WEEK: The Hoosiers (33-12 overall, 11-9 Big Ten) continue Big Ten action at Michigan this weekend May 8-10. First pitch each day is at 1 p.m. (ET) each day at Ray Fischer Stadium in Ann Arbor. The series is being played Saturday, Sunday and Monday due to the final exams at Indiana this week.
IMPORTANT SERIES AT MICHIGAN: Indiana enters the week in sole position of fourth place in the conference. The Hoosiers are just a game behind the third-place Wolverines. These are the middle four games in a stretch in which the Hoosiers are playing 12 consecutive conference games on the road. After the road sweep of Northwestern, Indiana is 13-5 away from home this season which includes a 7-1 neutral site record and 6-4 road mark.
HOOSIER HEAD COACH BOB MORGAN. . .is in his 16th season at Indiana where he has a record of 606-333-3. He is in his 24th season as a college head coach and has a career mark of 897-422-5. He has never had a losing season as a head coach and his Indiana teams have won at least 30 games 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 30th on the NCAA Division 1 all-time victory list.
MORGAN CLOSES IN ON 900: Bob Morgan needs just three more wins to reach the 900-win plateau in his career. When he reaches this milestone, he would become the 28th coach in NCAA history to have won 900 games.
LAST WEEKEND: Indiana swept Northwestern in Evanston to get back into the chase for the Big Ten Touranment. It was the first time since 1996 that the Hoosiers had swept a road series (IU topped Michigan State four straight that season).
Game 1: The Hoosiers jumped out to a 9-1 lead after 3 1/2 innings and then held on for a 9-8 victory over Northwestern. Frank O'Connell and Mark Minor each went 2-for-5 with 3 RBIs to lead the Indiana attack. O'Connell had a two-run home run in the first innings and a rbi triple in the third. Minor had a two-run single in the third and a run-scoring double in the fourth. After the Hoosiers got their big lead, the Wildcats got four runs in the fourth off IU starter Jason Torres to make it 9-5. Torres then gave up consecutive home runs in the seventh to lead off the inning to make it 9-7. Torres was replaced by Fred Graf who pitched two innings and gave up just one run. Chris Wilson then pitched the ninth to earn his third save of the season.
Game 2: IU swept the Saturday doubleheader 12-11 and 5-4. In the first game the Hoosiers jumped out to a 9-3 lead after 3 1/2 innings on the strength of Doug DeVore's bat. The junior hit a three-run and two-run home run and then had an rbi single for six RBIs in his first three at bats. The Wildcats came back to take a 11-9 lead as the Hoosiers batted in the top of the seventh. After Frank O'Connell led off the inning with a single, Brandt Childs drilled a two-run home run to tie the game. Jason Williams then followed with a single and advanced to third with two outs. Tim McNab, who had entered the game an inning earlier in left field, then ripped a single to center for the winning run. Chris Wilson then came on to register the save.
Game 3: Childs homered again in the second inning of game two to give the Hoosiers a 2-1 lead. However Northwestern came back and took a 4-3 lead as the Hoosiers batted in the top of the seventh. Childs then led off the inning with a single and was replaced by a pich-runner, Benji Clause. Clause then adanced to second on a passed ball and moved to third on a fly out. With pinch-hitter Robert Stastny at the plate, Clause scored on a wild pitch to tie the game. Then, just two pitches later, Stastny drilled a Phil Rosengren pitch over the left field wall for the winning run. Wilson then came on for the third consecutive game to earn the save. Nick Otte won the first game for the Hoosiers and is now 7-1 on the season while Zack McClellan won the nightcap and is 6-0.
Game 4: In the series finale, Brad Edwards pitched 7 1/3 innings and allowed just 6 hits and two runs while striking out a career-high 11 to earn the victory. Doug DeVore went 2-4 with an RBI and Jason Williams went 2-for-3 with a home run to lead the Indiana attack. Edwards was releived in the eighth by Fred Graf who got the Hoosiers out of a two-on, one-out jam to preserve a 5-2 lead. Chris Wilson picked up his fourth save of the series as he came on in the ninth after Graf allowed the first two hitters he faced to reach.
ON THE HILL: Indiana's projected starting rotation for the weekend looks like this:
LOOKING AHEAD: The Hoosiers have five games scheduled next week to finish off the regular season. IU has Valparaiso on Wednesday in Bloomington at 3 p.m. and then play at Ohio State Friday, Saturday and Sunday in a four-game set.
The Hoosiers are back in the playoff picture after their four-game sweep of Northwestern. It's been an all-or-nothing type conference season for Indiana. They have swept two series (at home vs. Purdue and at NU) and then lost three of four in the other three series (at PSU and at home vs. MSU and Minnesota). . .Indiana is on a five-game winning streak which is its fourth such streak of the year. The longest of the year is seven. . .Close games have also become the norm as five of the last six conference wins have been by one run while the other win was just by two runs. . .After making 11 errors in the Minnesota series, IU made just two against Northwestern. . .IU pitchers walked just 12 over the weekend after issuing 24 free passes the weekend before. . .The Hoosiers have been a quick starting team this season, scoring 63 runs in the first inning while allowing just 14 first frame runs. . .Indiana is second in the conference with a 4.81 ERA. They are one of two teams below 5.00 this season. . .IU is also first in the Big Ten in stolen bases with 93 and with 247 walks. Indiana's .533 slugging percentage is also the best in the league.
Doug DeVore is second in the Big Ten in home runs (16), third in total bases (129), fourth in RBI's (56), and sixth in hitting at .376. He led the Indiana attack at Northwestern as he went 8-for-16 with 2 home runs and 8 RBI. Six of those RBIs came in the second game of the series as he hit a three- and two-run home run and had an RBI single. DeVore leads the team in multiple-hit games with 20 and in multiple RBI games with 14. He also has the longest current hitting streak on the team at 4. His 6 RBIs vs. NU was the third time this season he has 5 or more RBIs. His 16 home runs is now fifth on IU's all-time single season list.
Brandt Childs was also hot last weekend going 4-for-10 with 2 HRs and 4 RBI. He also drew five walks and was hit by a pitch. He is second on the team with 10 home runs. He is just behind DeVore with 13 multiple RBI games.
Other good hitting performances over the weekend were turned in by Dan Haegele (4-for-11, .364), Jason Williams (.333, 1 HR, 2 RBI) and Frank O'Connell (.308, 1 HR, 1 3B, 3 RBI). Blake St. Clair also added a home run and 3 RBI. Haegele is third in the league in runs (54) and second in stolen bases with 22. St. Clair reamins in a tie for first with 5 triples.
The Hoosier pinch-hitting corp also put on quite a display. Robert Stastny was 2-for-3 which included the game-winning home run in the third game and he also had a double. Tim McNab had the game-winning single in the second game of the series.
Sam Incandela has moved into the starting role at second base. Although he is hitting just .214, the leadoff hitter has led the Hoosiers to a 12-1 record when he starts at second. IU is also 9-1 when he leads off.
Chris Wilson set a school record by registering a save in each of the four wins at Northwestern. He now has six on the season which is a career high and is tied for the third-highest total in a single season in Indiana history. He allowed only one hit in four innings and struckout four.
Brad Edwards struckout a career-high 11 in the series finale as he went 7 1/3 and allowed just six hits and two runs. That was his first conference start in two weeks. The Hoosiers are now 9-0 in games he has started and Edwards is 4-0. . .Jason Torres won his career best fourth game in the series opener. He is fourth in the league with a 3.49 ERA. His 77 strikeouts is third in the league. Opponents are hitting just .208 off him this season. . .Chad Smith missed his turn last week with a sore elbow but might be available this weekend. . .Nick Otte (who is tied for second in the league with 7 wins) and Zack McClellan (tied for sixth with 6 wins) won the games of the doubleheader. McClellan is now 9-0 in his career.
Indiana pitchers have combined for 413 strikeouts this season which leads
the league. Just one other team has more than 300 (Iowa, 331). IU's opponent's
average of .265 is also the best in the league.
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