BOB MORGAN LOOKS FOR 900TH CAREER WIN AS HOOSIERS TAKE ON VALPO AND
9TH-RANKED OHIO STATE
May 12, 1999 BOB MORGAN LOOKS FOR 900TH CAREER WIN AS HOOSIERS TAKE ON VALPO AND 9TH-RANKED OHIO STATE
THIS WEEK: The Hoosiers (35-14 overall, 13-11 Big Ten) finish the regular season this weekend at league-leading Ohio State. Friday's game is at 6:35 p.m. ET, Saturday's doubleheader is at 4:05 p.m. ET and Sunday's game is at 1 p.m. at Bill Davis Stadium in Columbus.
HOOSIERS IN HUNT FOR BIG TEN TOURNAMENT BID: Indiana enters the week in sole position of fourth place in the conference. The Hoosiers are just a game behind third-place Michigan and a game ahead of fifth-place Illinois (the top four teams in the league make the playoffs). These are the last four games in a stretch in which the Hoosiers are playing 12 consecutive conference games on the road. After tgoing 2-2 at Michigan, Indiana is 15-7 away from home this season which includes a 7-1 neutral site record and 8-6 road mark. Ohio State leads the league with a 22-2 record followed by Minnesota at 19-5. Whichever one of those two schools wins the league will host next week's tournament.
There are many senarios as the final weekend is concerened for the Hoosiers to make the playoffs. Obviously, they need to win more games than Illinois to remain in fourth place. If IU and the Illini tie (with no other teams involved), Indiana would win a tie-breaker with a better record against the other teams that would more than likely make the tournament.
Ohio State is among the top teams in the nation at 43-8. The Buckeyes held firm in the Baseball America poll this week at the No. 9 spot. OSU jumped five places in the Collegiate Baseball poll and now are ranked No. 10. In the USA Today Baseball Weekly/ESPN Coaches poll, OSU is ranked No. 12 this week after being No. 13 last week. OSU received one first-place vote for the second straight week.
Last year the teams split in Bloomington. Ohio State won the first game 13-4 but the Hoosiers won the next two 2-0 and 5-3. The Buckeyes won the finale 23-15. Chad Smith and Jason Torres were the two winning pitchers for Indiana.
HOOSIER HEAD COACH BOB MORGAN. . .is in his 16th season at Indiana where he has a record of 608-335-3. He is in his 24th season as a college head coach and has a career mark of 899-424-5. 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 one 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.
ON THE HILL: Indiana's projected starting rotation for the weekend looks like this:
Friday Jason Torres (4-2, 3.45 ERA)
Saturday Game 1 Brad Edwards (4-1, 5.33 ERA)
Saturday Game 2 Zack McClellan (7-0, 5.11 ERA)
Sunday Chad Smith (5-6, 4.83 ERA)
LAST WEEKEND: Indiana split at Michigan losing the first two games 7-1 and 7-3 before coming back and winning the last two games 2-1 and 4-3. The Hoosiers managed only four hits in the first game and did not score after posting a run in the first inning. Jason Torres pitched six innings and struckout nine while allowing only two earned runs. Indiana took a 3 0 lead early in game two but then allowed three unearned runs. Michigan then scored four times in the fourth to make the final 7-3. Mark Minor had two hits in the games and two RBI. Brad Edwards pitched well allowing just four earned runs in six innings. The Hoosiers were being no-hit through five innings in game three before Dan Haegele ripped a double to break up the no-hit bid by Vince Pistilli. Doug DeVore then had a two-run single to put IU ahead 2-0. Those were the only two hits the Hoosiers had the entire game. IU starter Zack McClellan allowed just three hits and one run in six innings before turning it over to Chris Wilson who got the save. Frank O'Connell hit his eighth home run of the season in the sixth inning of game four to give IU a 4-2 lead and then the Hoosiers held on for the 4-3 win. Chad Smith scattered seven hits in five innings. Wilson pitched the bottom of the ninth to earn the save. O'Connell had three hits to lead the Indiana attack.
WILSON SETS SAVE RECORD: Junior Chris Wilson has saved each of the last six Indiana wins. He now has eight for the season which is an Indiana single-season record. He was tabbed as a starter at the beginning of the season but has settled into the closer role quite nicely. He has appeared in 22 games which is tied for seventh on the all-time single season list.
The Hoosiers split at Michigan was the first time this conference season they have accomplished this. Indiana has 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). . .IU has won seven of its last nine conference games, including six of eight on the road. . .Close games have also become the norm as seven of the last eight conference wins have been by one run while the other win was just by two runs. . .After making 11 errors in the Minnesota series two weeks ago, IU has made just six in the last two series (two vs. Northwestern and four vs. Michigan). . .IU pitchers have walked 26 hitters the last two weekends after walking 24 against Minnesota. . .The Hoosiers have been a quick starting team this season, scoring 65 runs in the first inning while allowing just 15 first frame runs. . .Indiana is first in the conference with a 4.81 ERA. They are one of two teams below 5.00 this season (Ohio State, 4.85). . .IU is also first in the Big Ten in stolen bases with 95 and with 266 walks. . .The Hoosiers won two games last weekend hitting just .206 over the weekend. However, Indiana pitchers ERA was just 3.60.
Doug DeVore is second in the Big Ten in home runs (17), tied for third in total bases (135), fourth in RBI's (60), all while hitting at .363. He went 2-for-12 at Michigan but had the game-winning RBIs in game three. Had six RBIs in the second game of NU 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 15. He has 5 or more RBIs in a game three times. His 17 home runs is now fifth on IU's all-time single season list and needs two more to overtake Alex Smith (18 in '86) for fourth place. Has hit 26 home runs in his career, needs one more to tie Mike Braughler for 11th on career home run list. Tied with current Florida Marlin Kevin Orie for ninth in single-season RBI.
Brandt Childs has hit .350 the last two weekends with 2 HRs and 4 RBI. He has also drawn eight 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. Has made only one error in 205 chances in Big Ten play.
Mark Minor and Frank O'Connell led the team in hitting last weekend at .333 (4-12). They each had a home run while Minor drove in three runs and O'Connell two. O'Connell has hit a home run in each of the last two weekends and has driven in five runs. He also leads the team with four triples in league action.
Jason Williams is second on team with .351 average. Leads team in doubles with 14. Sure-handed fielder has 1.000 fielding percentage with no errors in 59 chances. Has not committed an error during his two year Indiana career (147 chances). Went 2-3 with a big ninth-inning home run that clinched IU's 6-4 win at Northwestern on May 2nd. Scored winning run in 12-11 win at Northwestern on May 1st. Overall, Williams has a .429 on base percentage with 37 runs scored and 30 RBI.
Sam Incandela has moved into the starting role at second base. Although he is hitting just .210, the leadoff hitter has led the Hoosiers to a 14-2 record when he starts at second. IU is also 11-2 when he leads off. Last weekend he was just 1-fo-6 at the plate but led the team with a .615 on base percentage as he walked seven times. He also led the team with three runs scored against the Wolverines.
During Chris Wilson's recent save binge he has been dominating. In his last six innings he has allowed just three hits (.120 opponent's average). He has struckout eight and walked just one.
Brad Edwards struckout a career-high 11 against NU in 7 1/3 and allowed just six hits and two runs. He allowed just four earned runs vs. Michigan in 6.0 IP as he suffered the first loss of his career (4-1). The Hoosiers are now 9-1 in games he has started. . .Jason Torres hs won a career-high four games. He is second in the league with a 3.45 ERA. His 86 strikeouts is second in the league. Opponents are hitting just .205 off him this season. . .Chad Smith returned to action last week in game four. He pitched five solid innings and earned the win. He missed his start last week with a sore elbow. . .Zack McClellan allowed just one run and three hits in 6.0 IP against Michigan. He is now 3-0 league play and 7-0 overall. McClellan is now 10-0 in his career.
Indiana pitchers have combined for 434 strikeouts this season which leads
the league. Just two other team have more than 300 (Iowaand Ohio State).
IU's opponent's average of .265 is also the best in the league.
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