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    IU Closes Regular Season at Northwestern


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    2001-2002 News Update

    May 15, 2002

    Hoosiers Conclude Regular Season at Northwestern in Four-Game Series

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    Junior Vasili Spanos looks to lead IU to the Big Ten Tournament with a strong performance at Northwestern.

    INDIANA UNIVERSITY
    Baseball Game Notes

    HOOSIERS AT NORTHWESTERN
    FRIDAY, May 17 – 3 p.m.
    SATURDAY, May 18 – 1 p.m.
    SUNDAY, May 19 – 1 p.m.
    Rocky Miller Park
    Evanston, Illinois

    INDIANA MEDIA RELATIONS
    Director Jeff Fanter
    Office Phone (812) 855-9399
    Office Fax (812) 855-9401
    Press Box Phone (812) 855-4787
    Baseball SID Geoffre Sherman
    Home Phone (812) 345-0548
    E-Mail gnsherma@indiana.edu
    Official Web site iuhoosiers.com


    Top six teams in the Conference standings qualify for the Big Ten Tournament held at the regular season champion's home ballpark on May 22-25.

    Big Ten Conference Standings (as of May 14)
    Conference Record
    Overall Record
    Minnesota
    16-8
    .667
    28-22
    .560
    Ohio State
    16-9
    .640
    30-16-1
    .649
    Illinois
    13-12
    .520
    31-15
    .674
    INDIANA
    13-12
    .520
    32-16
    .667
    Michigan State
    12-12
    .500
    32-16
    .667
    Northwestern
    12-13
    .480
    22-25
    .468
    Iowa
    12-13
    .440
    23-26-1
    .470
    Purdue
    12-15
    .429
    22-28
    .440
    Penn State
    11-15
    .423
    22-25
    .468
    Michigan
    11-16
    .407
    17-31
    .354


    INTERVIEW POLICY
    All interview requests will be handled by baseball contact Geoffre Sherman. He can be reached by phone or by email.

    BIG TEN MEDIA RELATIONS
    Scott Chipman is the baseball media relations contact through the Big Ten office. He can be reached at schipman@bigten.org.

    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.

    HOOSIER PROBABLES
    RF Joe Kemp .299, 5 HR, 39 RBI
    CF Kennard Jones .421, 71 R, 84 H, 22 SB
    LF Mark Calkins .344, 53 H, 36 RBI
    3B Vasili Spanos .386, 15 2B, 16 HR, 61 RBI
    SS Eric Blakeley .332, 48 R, 63 H, 54 RBI
    2B Jay Brant .267, 35 H, 21 BB
    1B Gibran Hamdan .351, 52 H, 6 HR
    C Josh Romero .310, 2 HR, 1 3B

    Probable Starters
    Zach Otte 6-3, 2.42 ERA, 67 IP
    Nick Vitielliss 7-0, 3.47 ERA, 62.1 IP
    Matt Rice 2-3, 7.53 ERA, 28.2 IP
    Jacob Cary 5-5, 6.75 ERA, 65.1 IP

    HOOSIERS TAKE SERIES AND TITAN POINT
    In what was a confusing weekend, the Hoosiers and Boilers got together for a four-game series in West Lafayette, Ind. last weekend. Indiana took the series, but not without two rained out days and a game on Monday and two back in Bloomington on Tuesday. The Hoosiers opened the series on a huge upnote with a 22-hit, 15-run effort in a 15-5 victory over the Boilers on Friday. Junior Vasili Spanos went deep twice (14,15) to lead IU. Sophomore Josh Romero hit a shot off the scoreboard in right and freshman Jay Brant also went deep for the Hoosiers. Junior Jacob Cary picked up the victory and led the Hoosiers in game one. After two rained out days, IU traveled back to West Lafayette on Monday and were promptly shut down 2-0. IU could muster only three hits and were shut out for the first time in the 46 games played in 2002. Senior Zach Otte threw a masterful performance, but it wasn’t enough as run support was lacking. Tuesday marked the final day of the series and the Hoosiers showed their might by taking both games, 4-2 & 9-5, at Sembower Field. Spanos hit his 16th homer and sophomore Josh Romero hit the game-winning two-run triple that hit the top of the wall in game two. Junior righthander Nick Vitielliss threw his fourth complete game and tied the school record for single season Big Ten wins with five. He is now 7-0 overall and 5-0 in the conference this season. IU got back into the chase with the 3-1 series win and improved its overall record to 32-16 while jumping over the .500 mark to 13-12 in the Big Ten Conference. IU and Illinois are currently tied for third in the conference.

    THE WILDCATS & THE SERIES
    Indiana and Northwestern have gotten together on 133 occasions with IU holding a 75-56-2 edge over NU. The teams got together in 2001 at Northwestern and NU took the series 3-1 with all three NU wins by only one run.

    NORTHWESTERN LEADERS
    Northwestern is led by Ken Padgett who is hitting .307 with five homers and 17 RBI. Jason Krynski is the Wildcats’ top power threat as he has six homers and 21 RBI. NU is batting .272 as a team and carries a 4.62 overall ERA into the series. On the mound, NU is led by Ryan Bos and Gabe Ribas. Bos is 4-5 with a 2.60 ERA in 69.1 innings while Ribas is 4-4 with a 5.40 ERA in 71.2 innings of work.

    HOOSIERS RECEIVE VOTES IN POLL
    For three consecutive weeks, the Hoosier baseball team received votes in a collegiate poll. The Hoosiers received three votes in last week’s Baseball Weekly/ESPN Top 25 College Coaches Poll represented by the American Baseball Coaches Association.

    THE STREAK IS SNAPPED
    Talk about a hitter, Kennard Jones is your classic example. Jones had a team-high 18-game hitting streak snapped this weekend against Purdue. In that span he was 33-76 (.434) with 20 runs, four doubles and five stolen bases. That is his second such streak of the season. Jones also had a 14 game hit streak earlier in the season.

    OTTE SITTING PRETTY IN ERA CHASE
    Fifth-year senior Zach Otte has had a career year in 2002. Not only has he thrown four complete games, but he also has an ERA of 2.42. He has given up 18 earned runs in 67 innings of work and ranks second in the Big Ten. 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 145 hits in his career. For the season, Spanos is batting .386 with a conference-leading 16 home runs and 61 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 119 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 110 for his career. Additionally, Blakeley now has 177 hits for his career. He sits in 17th all-time in the IU record book after garnering six hits against Purdue last weekend.

    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 110 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 114. Additionally, Hamdan is also a two-sport star at IU. 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 987 career wins going into the weekend, Indiana head coach Bob Morgan is only 13 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 seventh in career home runs with 32, is tied for 12th in extra base hits with 67 and is now tied for 14th with 134 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.

    IU'S RECORD WHEN...
    Scoring 1-4 runs 5-9
    Scoring 5+ runs 27-7
    Opponent 6 or less runs 28-8
    Opponent 7 or more 4-8
    IU scores first 22-7
    Opponent scores first 10-9
    Leading after 6 innings 24-1
    Trailing after 6 innings 6-14
    Tied after 6 innings 1-1
    Leading after 8 innings 18-5
    Trailing after 8 innings 0-9
    Tied after 8 innings 0-1
    Last at-bat wins 2-2
    Collecting 1-3 hits 0-1
    Collecting 4-6 hits 3-3
    Collecting 7-9 hits 8-4
    Collecting 10+ hits 22-7
    Out-hitting opponents 26-1
    Out-hit by opponents 4-13
    Hits are tied 1-3
    IU is errorless 10-3
    Committing one error 12-3
    Committing mult. errors 10-10
    Opponent is errorless 7-8
    Opp. commits one error 11-3
    Opp. commits mult. errors 14-5
    IU starter gets decision 18-12
    IU bullpen gets decision 14-4
    One-run games 4-2
    Two-run games 3-4
    IU hits a home run 19-9
    Opp. hits a home run 15-11
    Day games 30-14
    Night games 2-2
    Extra innings 0-1
    vs. In-state opponents 7-3
    At home 17-7
    On the road 8-9
    At neutral site 7-0
    Conference
    Big Ten 13-12
    Atlantic 10 1-0
    Mo. Valley 1-1
    Horizon League 5-1
    Mid-American 2-0
    Ivy League 2-0
    Mid-Continent 1-0
    Southern 1-2
    Metro Atlantic 1-0
    Patriot 1-0
    Northeast 1-0
    NAIA 2-0
    Division III 1-0
    Days of the Week
    Sunday 4-6
    Monday 3-2
    Tuesday 5-0
    Wednesday 3-2
    Thursday 2-0
    Friday 4-4
    Saturday 11-2
    By the month
    February 2-0
    March 18-4
    April 8-8
    May 4-4

    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 536 1591 .337
    Single Season Slugging Percentage
    1. Mickey Morandini 1986 .844
    2. Vasili Spanos 2002 .810
    3. Kevin Orie 1992 .783
    Single Season Saves
    1. Ryan Smith 2002 8
    Chris Wilson 1999 8
    2. Jeff Cisar 1983 7
    Chris Koehler 1992 7
    3. Rick Hazelip 1982 6
    Single Season Runs
    1. Mickey Morandini 1986 90
    2. Mike Smith 1992 79
    3. Alex Smith 1985 77
    4. Kennard Jones 2002 71
    5. Mickey Morandini 1988 70
    Indiana Career RBI
    1. Mike Sabo 85-88 231
    14. Vasili Spanos 00-02 134
    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. Vasili Spanos 00-02 32
    Indiana Single Season Home Runs
    1. Mike Smith 1992 27
    2. Bill Mueller 1985 23
    3. Kevin Orie 1992 20
    4. Doug Devore 1999 19
    5. Alex Smith 1986 18
    6. Vasili Spanos 2002 16
    7. Mike Smith 1991 15
    Indiana Career Big Ten Home Runs
    1. Mike Smith 89-92 27
    Vasili Spanos 00-02 18
    Indiana Single Season Big Ten Home Runs
    1. Mike Smith 1992 14
    2. Bill Mueller 1985 10
    3. Kevin Orie 1992 9
    4. Doug Devore 1999 8
    5. Vasili Spanos 2002 7
    Vasili Spanos 2001 7
    Roger Rodeheader 1998 7
    Indiana Career Big Ten Triples
    1. Phil Dauphin 88-90 10
    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 20 7 1 1 29
    Eric Blakeley 15 4 1 - 20
    Vasili Spanos 15 3 - - 18
    Gibran Hamdan 9 3 3 - 15
    Mark Calkins 9 5 - - 14
    Joe Kemp 8 4 - - 12
    Kenny Marrs 9 - - - 9
    Nick Evans 5 3 1 - 9
    Ryan Donley 4 1 1 - 6
    Jay Brant 3 2 1 - 6
    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 4 4 1 17
    Eric Blakeley 5 6 - 2 13
    Gibran Hamdan 5 4 1 - 10
    Joe Kemp 4 3 3 - 10
    Mark Calkins 3 3 1 1 8
    Nick Evans 5 2 1 - 8
    Kennard Jones 3 2 - - 5
    Jay Brant 4 - 1 - 5
    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 18 2
    Mark Calkins 11 1
    Kenny Marrs 11 -
    Vasili Spanos 10 1
    Eric Blakeley 8 2
    Gibran Hamdan 7 2
    Joe Kemp 7 -
    Nick Evans 6 -
    Jay Brant 6 2
    Mark Minor 3 -
    Jeff Meyrowitz 3 -
    Ryan Donley 3 -
    Josh Romero 3 3
    Corby Heckman 2 -
    Brad DeStefano 2 2
    Bill Geiger 2 1
    Cody Wargo 2 -
    Michael Woodside 1 -
    Brian Bucciarelli 1 -

    IU IN THE NATIONAL RANKS
    (As of May 12)
    Team Batting
    Rank AB Hits Avg.
    6th 1513 517 .342
    Team Scoring
    Rank G Runs PG
    24th 45 371 8.2
    Individual Batting
    Rank Name AB Hits Avg.
    21st Kennard Jones 188 80 .426
    Individual Earned Run Average
    Rank Name IP ER ERA
    30th Zach Otte 61 16 2.36
    Individual Runs Batted In
    Rank Name G RBI PG
    26th Vasili Spanos 45 58 1.29
    Individual Home Runs
    Rank Name G HR PG
    29th Vasili Spanos 45 15 0.33

    HOOSIER SUPERLATIVES
    Batting
    At bats 50 vs. Manhattan (3/11/02)
    Runs 22 vs. Detroit Mercy (3/23/02)
    Hits 25 vs. Manhattan (3/11/02)
    RBI 21 vs. Manhattan (3/11/02)
    Doubles 8 vs. Manhattan (3/11/02)
    Triples 4 vs. Taylor (2/18/02)
    Home runs 4 vs. Purdue (5/10/02)
    Total bases 40 vs. Purdue (5/10/02)
    Walks 10 vs. E. Tenn. St. (3/3/02)
    Strikeouts 17 vs. Indiana State (4/3/02)
    Sac hits 1 12 games
    Sac flies 2 2 times Last: Fairleigh Dickinson (3/16/02)
    Stolen bases 5 vs. Indiana State (4/3/02)
    Hit by pitch 5 vs. Yale (3/12/02)
    Caught stealing 3 vs. Detroit Mercy (3/24/02)
    Runners LOB 14 vs. Butler (3/6/02)
    Hit into DP 2 3 times
    (Last: vs. Iowa (4/5/02)
    Fielding
    Putouts 28 vs. Indiana State (4/3/02)
    Assists 18 vs. Butler (3/6/02)
    Errors 5 2 times (Last: vs. Iowa (4/5/02)
    Passed balls 1 10 games
    DPs turned 4 vs. Butler (3/6/02)
    Pitching
    Innings pitched 9.1 vs. Indiana State (4/3/02)
    Strikeouts 9 vs. Bucknell (3/10/02)
    Hits allowed 3 3 times (Last: vs. Purdue (5/13/02)
    Wild pitches 3 vs. E. Tenn. St. (3/1/02)
    Hit batters 3 2 times (Last: vs. Illinois (3/30/02)

    WHAT TO WATCH FOR...
    • Bob Morgan is 13 wins away from reaching the 1,000-win mark for his career.
    • Zach Otte will tie the IU single season Big Ten starts record against Northwestern.
    • Nick Vitielliss is one win away from setting a new IU record in single season Big Ten victories

    2002 INDIANA BASEBALL BIO UPDATES
    25 Chris Behrens
    So. • LHP • Stafford, Va./Brooke Point H.S.
    Has made 10 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 54 RBI this season • hit game-winning home run against Illinois to win series 3-1 • has started all 48 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 16 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 • made his first career Big Ten start against Purdue.

    21 Jay Brant
    Fr. • 2B • Indianapolis, Ind./Brebeuf Jesuit
    Has started 42 games at second base for the Hoosiers • has a .267 average in 131 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 • hit his third home run of the season in 15-5 victory at Purdue.

    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 43 starts this season all in left field • is fifth on the team with a .344 average in 154 at-bats • homered and had five RBI in season opener against Taylor • also had a home run and four RBI against Xavier • has 36 RBI on the season with 11 doubles, three triples and three homers.

    11 Jacob Cary
    Jr. • RHP • Bruceville, Ind./North Knox
    Threw a complete game in a 6-4 loss to Illinois • has thrown 65.1 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 • had a strong outing in 15-5 victory at Purdue (7.1 IP, 9H, 3ER).

    14 Brad DeStefano
    Jr. • OF • Bloomington, Ind./South H.S.
    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 H.S.
    Has appeared in 23 games with 10 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 H.S.
    Has appeared in 33 games with 29 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 • hit his first career grand slam against Penn State in 11-9 victory.

    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 42 games for the Hoosiers this season • is batting .351 • has 12 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 H.S.
    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 H.S.
    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 CC
    IU’s lead off hitter and top center fielder • currently team leader and top in the Big Ten with a .421 average • has started in center field in every game • leads conference in hits with 83, runs with 71 and is second in stolen bases with 22 • has 29 multi-hit games • has had a pair of double digit hit streaks this season • had 18-game hit streak broken against Purdue.

    12 Joe Kemp
    So. • UTIL • Bowie, Md./Riverdale Baptist HS
    Is IU’s utility player that can pitch and play the field • has made 39 starts for the Hoosiers and has 39 RBI • has walked 16 times in 144 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 25 starts • has a .333 avg. with 15 RBI, seven doubles and two triples • has nine two-hit games on the season • went 2-4 with two RBI against Detroit Mercy.

    40 Jeff Meyrowitz
    Fr. • INF • Okemos, Mich./Okemos H.S.
    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 H.S.
    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 H.S.
    Made the transition to middle relief this season • has a 3.63 ERA in 11 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 H.S.
    One of IU’s top starters • has appeared in 14 games with 10 starts • owns a 6-3 record with a 3-2 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 2.42 ERA.

    43 Matt Ousley
    Sr. • RHP • Berne, Ind./IUPUI
    Middle reliever from IUPUI • has appeared in eight games with three starts • has given up 16 runs with 12 being earned in his 17.0 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 H.S.
    One of IU’s top pitchers • has a 5-3 record with a 2.93 ERA in 15 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 • earned the win in relief against Purdue.

    24 Matt Rice
    Sr. • LHP • Centerville, Ohio/Centerville
    One of IU’s top lefthanders • has made nine appearances with six 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 H.S.
    Backup catcher for Indiana • has appeared in 33 games with 23 being starts • holds a .310 average in 58 at-bats • has a double and five RBI on the season • has been hit by a pitch on four occasions • hit his first home run of the season at Minnesota • hit a two-run home run off the scoreboard at Purdue • hit game-winning two-run triple off the wall to defeat Purdue 9-6.

    32 Ryan Smith
    Jr. • RHP • Carmel, Ind./Westfield H.S.
    IU’s top closer • has made 23 appearances and earned the save in eight 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 • tied the IU single season record for saves with his eighth against Purdue.

    7 Vasili Spanos
    Jr. • 3B • River Forest, Ill./Oak Park H.S.
    leads the Big Ten with 16 home runs • also leads the conference with 61 RBI and an .810 slugging pct. • also league leader in on-base pct. (.505) • 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 48 games with 47 at third base.

    36 Nick Vitielliss
    Jr. • RHP • Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone
    One of IU’s top pitchers • has appeared in 14 games with 11 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 • tied the IU single season Big Ten record for wins with five • currently 5-0 in conference play.

    8 Cody Wargo
    So. • C • Owings, Md./Northern H.S.
    Catcher for IU • has played in 36 games with 24 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.








     

     


       

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