Hoosiers to Take On Purdue

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana baseball team's game with Purdue originally scheduled for Saturday at 3 p.m. has been canceled due to stormy weather in the Bloomington area. The two teams are set to play a doubleheader on Sunday, May 11, at 1 p.m. and will now also play two games on Monday, May 12, at 1 p.m. All four contests wll be played at Sembower Field on the IU campus.

    Baseball is the final sport of the season that counts toward the coveted Titan Series, an annual all-sports competition between the Hoosiers and Boilermakers. Purdue currently leads the event 10.0 to 9.0. The Hoosier baseball team would have to defeat the Boilermakers in three of four games to earn the entire available point and a tie in the overall competition. If IU does not win three games, Purdue would win the overall Titan Series.

    Indiana Update (29-17, 12-12 Big Ten)
    Indiana comes into the weekend with a 29-17 record overall and a 12-12 mark in conference games, which puts it tied for fifth with Penn State in the Big Ten standings. Illinois is three games back in seventh place with a 9-14 record. Two weekend series remain to determine the six teams that will make the Big Ten Conferenece baseball tournament, which is held at the home field of the regular season conference champion. After a midweek game with Valapariso at Railcats Stadium in Gary, Ind., on Wednesday, May 14, IU will host Northwestern to close out the regular season next weekend, May 16-18.

    Senior third baseman Vasili Spanos is having another All-America season at the plate. Spanos continues his perch atop the Big Ten statistics in batting average in all games (.397) and in league games only (.438). He also ranks among the top five in nearly every other offensive category, including first in on-base percentage (.500) and in slugging percentage (.728). Senior designated hitter Nick Evans ranks third on the squad with a .315 average and second with 29 RBI.

    Sophomore Corby Heckman, this week's Big Ten Co-Player of the Week, ranks second on the club and in the Big Ten with a .393 batting average overall and a .402 clip in league contests. Heckman has a total of 59 hits, 13 doubles 26 RBI and 36 runs scored.

    Senior pithcer Jacob Cary has enjoyed an impressive campaign thus far, despite losing his last two decisions. After seven straight wins to open the season, Cary (7-2) took losses to the Big Ten's top two teams, Ohio State and Minnesota. The Bruceville, Ind., native sports a 4.52 ERA and has thrown six complete games.

    Junior hurler Chris Behrens has stepped up of late as well. After tossing two straight complete games victories against Ohio State and Minnesota, Behrens started and worked the first 3.2 innings of a 13-9 win over the Nittany Lions . The lefthander is 4-2 and his 3.02 ERA ranks eighth among league pitchers. Freshman Josh Lewis earned his third win of the season in game three at Penn State. Lewis is 3-1 and sports a 4.68 ERA.

    As a team, Indiana sports the Big Ten's fifth-best ERA of 4.56 in all games. Indiana is hitting .280 as team in all games and .270 against Big Ten Conference opposition.

    Scouting the Opponent: Purdue (23-23, 8-15)
    Purdue currently owns a 23-23 record and is in ninth place in the Big Ten standings with an 8-15 record. The Boilermakers have lost eight straight games after being swept by first-place Minnesota and second-place Ohio State.

    Senior Daniel Underwood leads Purdue at the plate, hitting .372 on the year with a team-high 61 hits. Underwood's average ranks fifth among all Big Ten hitters. He also leads the team with a .616 slugging percentage and has 43 RBI. In the home run category, senior Nick McIntyre leads the ball club and is second among league players with 10 home runs.

    Leading Purdue on the mound is junior Mitch Pruemer. Pruemer has pitched 55.2 innings while logging a team-best 47 strikeouts. He is currently 4-4 on the season with a 5.01 ERA. Sophomore Scott Byrnes owns a 2-5 record and a 5.47 ERA while pitching 51.0 innings for the Boilermakers.

    Series History
    Indiana and Purdue have played 230 times in history with Indiana owning a 123-105-2 advantage in the all-time series. Indiana baseball began in 1896 and first played Purdue in 1897, taking the victory, 21-11. Last season Indiana won the series, 3-1, against Purdue. In West Lafayette, Ind., the Hoosiers won 15-5 and then fell to Purdue 10-2. Due to inclement weather, games three and four were moved to Bloomington and the Hoosiers swept the Boilermakers, 4-2 and 9-6.

    The Coaches
    Indiana head coach Bob Morgan is in his 20th season at Indiana and became the 26th Division I head coach to win 1,000 games in career earlier this season. He is 1014-521-6 in 28 seasons as a head coach at IU, Kent State and the College of Wooster. Morgan owns a 38-34 record all-time against the Boilermakers.

    Purdue's Doug Schreiber is in his fifth season as head coach of the Boilermakers and owns a 138-132 record. Schreiber's record against the Hoosiers is 6-10.

    Home Run Derby
    Last weekend at Penn State, Indiana staged its own version of the Home Run Derby. In four games, the long ball was contagious as the Hoosiers belted 13 roundtrippers, a third of their season total of 36. Seven different players went deep and four of them had more than one homer. Senior Vasili Spanos and sophomore Corby Heckman lead the way with three home runs apiece. Junior Seth Bynum hit two long balls in game one of the series and senior Nick Evans followed with two of his own in game two. In addition, juniors Kevin Mahar and Cody Wargo and redshirt freshman Ryan Parker each had one home run.

    Spanos Pacing the Pack
    Senior third baseman Vasili Spanos is the Big Ten Conference's leading hitter for the second straight week. Spanos ranks first overall and in league games only in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. The Big Ten Player of the Year Candidate's average is .397 in all games and .438 against Big Ten competition. In addition, he is in the top five in nearly every other offensive category. Here's a look at the numbers:

    In All Games
    Batting Average: .397 (1st)

    Hits: 60 (6th)

    Doubles: 15 (6th)

    Total Bases: 110 (1st)

    Slugging Percentage: .728 (1st)

    Walks: 29 (2nd)

    On Base Percentage: .500 (1st)

    RBI: 43 (5th)

    Home Runs: 11 (T-1st)
    Conference Games Only
    Batting Average: .438 (1st)

    Hits: 35 (1st)

    Doubles: 8 (T-2nd)

    Total Bases: 67 (1st)

    Slugging Percentage: .837 (1st)

    Walks: 12 (T-5th)

    On Base Percentage: .521(1st)

    RBI: 22 (3rd)

    Home Runs: 8 (1st)

    Heckman Garners Player-of-the-Week Honors
    Corby Heckman has been named Co-Big Ten Baseball Player of the Week for the period of April 29 to May 4 the league office announced on Monday. Heckman shared the honor with Penn State second baseman Mike DeRenzo after the Hoosiers and Nittany Lions split four games over the weekend.

    Heckman, a native of Spencer, Ind. and a graduate of Owen Valley High School, led the Hoosiers with a .500 batting average, eight hits and nine RBI in four games last week. The sophomore hit three of Indiana's 13 home runs, had a pair of doubles and scored six runs on the weekend. He nearly hit for the cycle with a single, a double and a homer in IU's 8-4 victory on Saturday. In addition, he had a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage in 14 chances and boasted an impressive 1.188 slugging percentage.

    Heckman increased his season batting average to an impressive .393 in all games and a .402 clip in Big Ten Conference games. He has been among the Big Ten's best hitters all season long. Heckman joins teammate Vasili Spanos in receiving player-of-the-week accolades as Spanos was the choice on March 5.

    Northwestern's J.A. Happ is this week's Pitcher of the Week.

    Evans Heating Up in Conference Games

    Nick Evans has come on for the Hoosiers at the plate recently. He is the club's third-leading hitter with a .315 average overall and a .321 clip in conference games.

    In the last 10 games, Evans boasts a .458 batting average and leads the team with 12 RBI. He has also scored six runs and belted a pair of home runs.

    In the Record Books
    Vasili Spanos continues his climb up IU charts. Spanos has 43 career home runs, which ranks tied for third in Hoosier lore. The senior third baseman is four shy of the Indiana record of 47, held by college baseball's 1992 Triple Crown winner Mike Smith and former Hoosier Mike Sabo.

    In addition, Spanos' 175 RBI are fifth on the IU career list and he is tied for sixth with 50 doubles. Spanos has also totaled 98 extra-base hits during his IU career, which puts him fifth in the record books.

    Senior Jacob Cary is working his way into the career record books as well. Cary has 10 complete games, which puts him tied for 15th. He has started 31 games to this point in his career, which ranks tied for 14th in IU history.

    Cary Named Academic All-District
    Senior Jacob Cary has been named to the College Sports Information Director's of America Academic All-District V baseball team, the organization announced on Thursday. Cary is one of two pitchers on the 11-player squad.

    Cary haså been the Hoosiers' No. 1 starter on the mound this season, compiling a 7-2 record. He is tied for the team lead with 10 starts and has pitched six complete games, including a 4-0 shutout at Illinois to open the Big Ten Conference season and give IU head coach Bob Morgan his 1,000th career win. The Bruceville, Ind., native sports a 4.52 ERA in 67.2 innings pitched.

    A two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, Cary ranks 14th in school history with 31 game started and tied for 15th with 10 complete games. Cary and the other 10 players on the All-District V team will now move on to the national ballot where they will be candidates for Academic All-American.




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