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    IU HOSTS FINAL HOME SERIES


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    May 10, 2000

    IU HOSTS FINAL HOME SERIES

    Game Data
    Indiana will host Illinois this weekend. The schedule has been changed to two doubleheaders, beginning on Saturday at 1 p.m., and concluding Sunday at 1 p.m. Both days feature one nine-inning and one seven-inning contest. Illinois is currently third 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 637-363-3 record while with the Hoosiers and owns a career mark of 929-451-5. 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 and the Illini did not compete against each other. Illinois finished third in the Big Ten last season. They lost four starters to graduation, and return all but five pitchers.

    Home Sweet Home
    The Hoosiers are 15-4 at home this season. Rich Berich leads IU with a .425 average at home. David Ferris leads the starting pitchers at home with a 1.99 ERA. IU holds the opposition to .254 average at home, compared to .271 on the road. Nine Hoosiers have higher batting averages at home than overall, and eight pitchers have lower ERAs at Sembower.

    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 4.28.

    One Run Games
    Of the Hoosiers 25 losses this season, 12 of them have come by one run. Indiana has won only two games by one run. Ten of the Hoosiers' 17 losses in the Big Ten were by one run.

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

    Excellent Edwards
    Against Minnesota, Brad Edwards sat out with tendentious in his elbow. Edwards is scheduled to return this weekend.
    In his five Big Ten starts he has only allowed 24 hits in his 31.1 innings of work. He owns a 2-3 mark in Big Ten action with a 6.32 ERA and the opposition is hitting just .214 against him. Overall on the season he is 5-4 with a 5.26 ERA. His 66 strikeouts this season is the team's top mark, and fourth in the Big Ten. Edwards has kept runners from stealing this season. Only three have succeeded, compared to the 11 that have attempted a stolen base.

    Ferris on Fire
    David Ferris is 7-3 on the season this year with a 3.43 ERA. In Big Ten play Ferris is 2-3 with a 4.95 ERA. He is third on the team with 24 strikeouts in conference play. The opposition is hitting just .234 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. Ferris' overall ERA is ranked sixth in the conference.

    Big Mac
    Zach McClellan comes into this weekend with a 5-4 record, and a 4.00 ERA. In Big Ten play, McClellan is 3-2 with a 4.15 ERA. He's fanned 60 batters, 27 in Big Ten play. McClellan's Big Ten ERA is the best for the Hoosiers. He ranks 9th in the conference in strikeouts.

    Great Graf
    Fred Graf brings a 5-6 record and a 3.92 ERA into this weekend. Graf is looking for his first Big Ten win against the Illini. In conference play he has a 5.40 ERA, and the opposition is batting .331 against him.

    Williams Enjoying Big Ten Action
    Jason Williams is hitting a team-best .381 (16-for-42) in Big Ten play this season. In non conference action, the senior outfielder owns a .298 (25-for-84) mark.

    Ferris Shuts Door on Lefties
    David Ferris has held left-handed hitters in check this season. Lefties are hitting just .211 against him.

    Berich Likes Pressure/Lefties
    Rich Berich is hitting .396 with two outs this season. He is hitting .419 against left-handed pitching while he owns a .324 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 eight games. Otte has appeared in six and Wilson has three appearances.

    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.

    Injury Update
    Freshman Vasili Spanos is out for the remainder of the season with a broken foot.

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