Indiana Travels to West Lafayette
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana travels to West Lafayette, Ind., to face the Purdue Boilermakers in its regular season finale, May 21-23. First pitch of Friday's opener is set for 3 p.m., a Saturday doubleheader is scheduled for 1 p.m. and Sunday's finale also starts at 1 p.m. All four games will be played at Purdue's Lambert Field.
WIUS 1570 AM, Indiana University's student radio station, will carry a live broadcast of Saturday's doubleheader. The broadcast can also be accessed online at www.wius.org.
The Hoosiers bring a 24-28 overall record and an 8-20 mark in Big Ten play into the weekend. IU lost three of four to Michigan in Bloomington last weekend. Purdue currently sits at 26-25 and15-13, and is coming off a split at Iowa. Indiana has been eliminated from a chance to be one of six teams competing in the Big Ten Conference Tournament, while Purdue is in contention for the sixth spot this weekend.
Probable Pitching Rotations
Purdue's projected list of starting pitchers for this weekend are:
Fri.: Scott Byrnes (RHP, 3-5, 4.06 ERA)
Sat. (1): Dan Sattler (RHP, 4-4, 4.37 ERA)
Sat. (2): Brian Karpel (RHP, 4-4, 4.22 ERA)
Sun.: Chris Tonequzzi (RHP, 4-3, 5.53 ERA)
Indiana's projected list of starting pitchers for this weekend are:
Fri.: Nick Vitielliss (RHP, 4-3, 6.31 ERA)
Sat. (1): Josh Lewis (RHP, 3-6, 5.34 ERA)
Sat.: (2): Chris Behrens (LHP, 0-3, 5.61 ERA)
Sun.: Brian Lortz (RHP, 3-3, 4.99)
A Quick Look at the Boilermakers
Purdue owns a .293 team batting average entering the weekend, and seven Boilermakers are hitting better than .300. Mitch Hilligoss paces the leads at the plate, hitting at a .333 clip. Eric Osborn is second with a .322 batting average, and ranks first on the club with 55 runs scored and 43 RBI. Mithc Koester is hitting .372 in Big Ten Conference games, mark that ranks seventh among conferece players and leads Purdue. The Boilermakers have out-scored their opponents, 269-297.
Purdue's pitching staff owns a combined 4.95 ERA. Trae Dauby holds a staff-low ERA at 2.27. Duaby is 5-1 and has four saves in 43.2 innings of work.
The Boilermakers are coached by Doug Schrieber, who is in his second second season in West Lafayette.
The All-Time Series With Purdue
The all-time series between Indiana and Purdue dates back to 1897. Indiana holds a 127-107-2 lead. IU has won six of the last 10 meetings between the two teams. In the four-game series in Bloomington in 2003, the Hoosiers and Boilers split. Saturday's contest was rained out, forcing a pair of doubleheaders on Sunday and Monday. Purdue swept the first day, winning 10-4, and 20-4, but Indiana rallied to take both Sunday games, winning the first 14-5, and the nightcap, 4-2.
Parker Tabbed Academic All-District
Sophomore Ryan Parker was selected to the College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District V team on May 13. Parker is the designated hitter on the 11-man team.
A native of Hilliard, Ohio, and a graduate of Hilliard Davidson High School, Parker has played in 42 games for the Hoosiers and made 28 starts, primarily as the designated hitter. In 110 at bats, he owns a .255 batting average with 28 hits, including 10 doubles and eight home runs, and has five multiple-hit games and six multiple-RBI games to his credit. Parker led the team with a .441 batting average (26-of-59) as a redshirt freshman in 2003.
Parker has junior academic standing and is majoring in business management at Indiana. Earlier this year, he received IU's Tichenor Award, which is awarded to the male and female student-athlete with the highest degree of academic excellence.
Parker 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.
This is the second straight season a Hoosier baseball player has made the team. In 2003, former pitcher Jacob Cary was selected.
Senior shortstop Seth Bynum, an All-Big Ten and All-America candidate, paces Indiana at the plate. Bynum sports a Big Ten-best .397 batting average, and ranks first in the conference with 77 hits, 63 RBI and 127 total bases. The Louisville, Ky., native also ranks second with 52 runs scored and 19 stolen bases, and he has hit nine home runs and 15 doubles. Following last weekend, Bynum moved into first on the team with a .362 batting average in Big Ten games.
Senior leftfielder Kevin Mahar is second in conference games with a .361 batting average. Bynum and Mahar rank, ninth and 10th among conference players, respectively. Mahar hit his league-leading 14th home run of the season against Michigan over the weekend. The Midland, Mich., product ranks second on the team with a .354 overall batting average.
In addition to Bynum and Mahar, IU has four more players who are hitting better than .300. That group includes Corby Heckman (.320), Joe Kemp (.320), Reggie Watson (.310) and Ryan Donley (.306).
Senior RHP Nick Vitielliss leads the IU pitching staff with 70.1 innings pitched, and his 13 starts on the mound tie sophomore RHP Josh Lewis. Senior RHP Adam Pegg is 3-3 on the season and owns a 4.47 ERA in 56.1 innings of work. Pegg also has a team-high three saves. Lewis' 42 strikeouts are the most of any Hoosier pitcher.
Vitielliss Pitches Complete Game
Senior RHP Nick Vitielliss turned in a terrific performance in his final appearance at Sembower Field last Saturday. The Waldorf, Md., product pitched a complete game to lead the Hoosiers to a 4-1 victory in the opening game of the Michigan series. Vitielliss improved to 5-3 on the season with the win. In nine innings, he scattered six Michigan hits, and allowed one earned run to go with three walks and three strikeouts.
Vitielliss is one of eight IU seniors, including Seth Bynum, Chris Behrens, Ryan Donley, David Hughes, Kevin Mahar, Adam Pegg and Cody Wargo, who played their final home game last weekend against the Wolverines.
Watson Entering the Record Book
Reggie Watson is just a sophomore, but he is already in the top 20 in Indiana history in the stolen base category. Watson was a perfect 9-for-9 in a limited role as a redshirt freshman in 2003. In 2004, the Cincinnati, Ohio, product has swiped 24 bases to bring his career total to 33, which puts him tied for 18th on the IU career charts. His 24 stolen bases overall and 14 in conference play are also the most of any player in the Big Ten Conference.
Climbing the Season Charts
Here's a look at new additions to the Indiana record book:
Reggie Watson's 14 stolen bases in Big Ten play put him in sole possesion of fourth place in school history for stolen bases in a league season.
Seth Bynum's 16 extra-base hits in Big Ten games rank tied for third in school history on the conference season chart (with Vasili Spanos, 2003).
Seth Bynum has hit eight doubles this season in Big Ten games, which ranks just outside the top five in IU history. With one more, he will move into a tie for fifth.
Indiana's 56 home runs this season are tied for the sixth-most in a season in school history. The team needs just two more home runs to take over fifth place on on the single-season home run chart.
Kevin Mahar's 14 home runs this season rank tied for eighth on the single-season home run chart in the IU record book (with Mike Sabo in 1988).
The Titan Series
Heading into this weekend, Purdue holds a 10.0 to 9.0 lead over Indiana in the Titan Series, the annual all-sports competition between the two rivals. Baseball is the final event of the 2003-04 season, and is worth one total point. IU would need three wins in the four-game series to claim the point and secure a tie. If Purdue wins two or more games, the Boilermakers will seal the Titan Series.
Bynum A Midseason All-American
In late April, Indiana shortstop Seth Bynum was recognized in Baseball America magazine as a member of the its Midseason All-America team. In all of the four classes (seniors, juniors, sophomores freshmen), one player for each field position, a designated hitter and a utility player were listed, as well as five starting pitchers, a relief pitcher and utility pitcher. Bynum was selected as the senior team's shortstop.
In 99 at bats (at the time of the team was released), Bynum had 42 hits for a .422 batting average, the best of any shortstop on Baseball America's Midseason All-America team. Bynum, who was drafted by the Montreal Expos last June, was the only player to represent the Big Ten Conference.
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