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    Hoosiers Take on Iowa to Open 2002 Big Ten Tournament

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    May 21, 2002

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    INDIANA UNIVERSITY
    Baseball Game Notes

    2002 BIG TEN TOURNAMENT
    MAY 22-25 • SIEBERT FIELD • MINNEAPOLIS

    GAME ONE
    Indiana vs. Iowa
    WEDNESDAY, MAY 22 • NOON

    INDIANA MEDIA RELATIONS
    Director Jeff Fanter
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    Baseball SID Geoffre Sherman
    Home Phone (812) 345-0548
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    Official Web site iuhoosiers.com

    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.

    HOW THE TEAMS MATCH UP
    Teams W-L-T Avg. H R 2B 3B HR BB SO SB-SBA
    #1 Minnesota 30-24-0 .326 574 379 106 17 43 200 269 97-129
    #2 Ohio State 33-18-1 .309 525 366 93 17 50 242 350 67-90
    #3 Michigan St. 36-17-0 .344 635 471 116 13 88 224 355 70-97
    #4 Indiana 34-18-0 .331 566 402 107 15 46 218 323 60-92
    #5 Iowa 26-27-1 .278 449 273 93 19 41 168 329 92-136
    #6 Northwestern 24-27-0 .271 445 254 83 14 41 154 301 34-46

    TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
    Tuesday, May 21
    Noon-1:15 p.m. #6 Northwestern Practice Siebert Field
    1:15-1:30 p.m. #6 Northwestern Press Conference Press Tent
    1:15-1:30 p.m. Field Maintenance
    1:30-2:45 p.m. #5 Iowa Practice Siebert Field
    2:45-3 p.m. #5 Iowa Press Conference Press Tene
    3:00-4:15 p.m. Field Maintenance
    4:15-4:30 p.m. #4 Indiana Practice Siebert Field
    4:15-4:30 p.m. #4 Indiana Press Conference Press Tent
    4:30-5:45 p.m. #3 Michigan State Practice Siebert Field
    5:45-6 p.m. #3 Michigan St. Press Conference Press Tent
    5:45-6 p.m. Field Maintenance
    7:00-8:30 p.m. Pre-Tournament Meeting/Dinner
    (Coaches, SIDs, umpires, tournament personnel)
    8:00-Midnight Tournament Hospitality Room Four Points Sheraton

    Wednesday, May 22
    10-10:40 a.m. #4 Indiana Batting Prac. (on field) Siebert Field
    10:40-11:20 a.m. #5 Iowa Batting Prac. (on field) Siebert Field
    11:25-11:35 a.m. #4 Indiana infield Siebert Field
    11:35-11:45 a.m. #5 Iowa infield Siebert Field
    11:45-Noon Field Maintenance
    11:55 a.m. Meeting with umpires Home plate
    11:58 a.m. Introductions
    12:02 p.m. National anthem
    12:05 p.m. Game One Siebert Field
    1:30-2:10 p.m. #3 Michigan State Batting Prac. Bierman Field 5
    2:10-2:50 p.m. #6 Northwestern Batting Prac. Bierman Field 5
    2:40-2:55 p.m. Field Maintenance
    2:55-3:05 p.m. #3 Michigan State Infield Bierman Field 5
    3:05-3:15 p.m. #6 Northwestern Infield Bierman Field 5
    3:15-3:30 p.m. Field Maintenance
    3:25 p.m. Meeting with umpires Home plate
    3:30 p.m. Introductions
    3:35 p.m. Game Two Siebert Field
    7-7:15 p.m. Field Maintenance
    7:15-8:30 p.m. #1 Minnesota Practice (on field) Siebert Field
    8:30-8:45 p.m. Field Maintenance
    8:45-10 p.m. #2 Ohio State Practice (on field) Siebert Field

    Thursday, May 23
    10-10:40 a.m. Home team Batting Prac. Siebert Field
    10:40-11:20 a.m. Visiting Team Batting Prac. Siebert Field
    11:25-11:35 a.m. Home team infield Siebert Field
    11:35-11:45 a.m. Visiting team infield Siebert Field
    11:45-Noon Field Maintenance
    11:55 a.m. Meeting with umpires Home plate
    11:58 a.m. Introductions
    12:02 p.m. National anthem
    12:05 p.m. Game Three Siebert Field
    1:30-2:10 p.m. #2 Ohio State Batting Prac. Bierman Field 5
    2:10-2:50 p.m. Visiting Team Batting Prac. Bierman Field 5
    2:40-2:55 p.m. Field Maintenance
    2:55-3:05 p.m. #2 Ohio State Infield Bierman Field 5
    3:05-3:15 p.m. Visiting Team Infield Bierman Field 5
    3:15-3:30 p.m. Field Maintenance
    3:25 p.m. Meeting with umpires Home plate
    3:30 p.m. Introductions
    3:35 p.m. Game Four Siebert Field
    5-5:40 p.m. #1 Minnesota Batting Prac. Bierman Field 5
    5:40-6:20 p.m. Visiting Team Batting Prac. Bierman Field 5
    6:10-6:25 p.m. Field Maintenance
    6:25-6:35 p.m. #1 Minnesota Infield Siebert Field
    6:35-6:45 p.m. Visiting Team Infield Siebert Field
    6:45-7 p.m. Field Maintenance
    6:55 p.m. Meeting with umpires Home plate
    6:58 p.m. Introductions
    7:02 p.m. National Anthem
    7:05 p.m. Game Five Siebert Field

    Friday, May 24
    10-10:40 a.m. Home Team Batting Prac. Siebert Field
    10:40-11:20 a.m. Visiting Team Batting Prac. Siebert Field
    11:25-11:35 a.m. Home Team infield Siebert Field
    11:35-11:45 a.m. Visiting Team infield Siebert Field
    11:45-Noon Field Maintenance
    11:55 a.m. Meeting with umpires Home plate
    11:58 a.m. Introductions
    12:02 p.m. National anthem
    12:05 p.m. Game Six Siebert Field
    1:30-2:10 p.m. Home Team Batting Prac. Bierman Field 5
    2:10-2:50 p.m. Visiting Team Batting Prac. Bierman Field 5
    2:40-2:55 p.m. Field Maintenance
    2:55-3:05 p.m. Home Team Infield Bierman Field 5
    3:05-3:15 p.m. Visiting Team Infield Bierman Field 5
    3:15-3:30 p.m. Field Maintenance
    3:25 p.m. Meeting with umpires Home plate
    3:30 p.m. Introductions
    3:35 p.m. Game Seven Siebert Field
    5-5:40 p.m. Home Team Batting Prac. Bierman Field 5
    5:40-6:20 p.m. Visiting Team Batting Prac. Bierman Field 5
    6:10-6:25 p.m. Field Maintenance
    6:25-6:35 p.m. Home Team Infield Siebert Field
    6:35-6:45 p.m. Visiting Team Infield Siebert Field
    6:45-7 p.m. Field Maintenance
    6:55 p.m. Meeting with umpires Home plate
    6:58 p.m. Introductions
    7:02 p.m. National Anthem
    7:05 p.m. Game Eight Siebert Field

    Saturday, May 25
    1:30-2:10 p.m. Home Team Batting Prac. Bierman Field 5
    2:10-2:50 p.m. Visiting Team Batting Prac. Bierman Field 5
    2:40-2:55 p.m. Field Maintenance
    2:55-3:05 p.m. Home Team Infield Bierman Field 5
    3:05-3:15 p.m. Visiting Team Infield Bierman Field 5
    3:15-3:30 p.m. Field Maintenance
    3:25 p.m. Meeting with umpires Home plate
    3:30 p.m. Introductions
    3:35 p.m. Game Nine Siebert Field
    5-5:40 p.m. Home Team Batting Prac. Bierman Field 5
    5:40-6:20 p.m. Visiting Team Batting Prac. Bierman Field 5
    6:10-6:25 p.m. Field Maintenance
    6:25-6:35 p.m. Home Team Infield Siebert Field
    6:35-6:45 p.m. Visiting Team Infield Siebert Field
    6:45-7 p.m. Field Maintenance
    6:55 p.m. Meeting with umpires Home plate
    6:58 p.m. Introductions
    7:02 p.m. National Anthem
    7:05 p.m. Game 10 Siebert Field

    Sunday, May 26 (if necessary)
    10-10:40 a.m. Home Team Batting Prac. Siebert Field
    10:40-11:20 a.m. Visiting Team Batting Prac. Siebert Field
    11:25-11:35 a.m. Home Team infield Siebert Field
    11:35-11:45 a.m. Visiting Team infield Siebert Field
    11:45-Noon Field Maintenance
    11:55 a.m. Meeting with umpires Home plate
    11:58 a.m. Introductions
    12:02 p.m. National anthem
    12:05 p.m. Game 11 (if necessary) Siebert Field

    HOOSIERS CLINCH BERTH IN SPLIT
    The Indiana baseball team headed to Evanston, Ill. for the final series of the Big Ten Conference regular season and needed to earn a split to advance to the 2002 Big Ten Tournament. The Hoosiers came out of the block looking to close the playoff berth quickly. Behind a masterful performance by junior righthander Jacob Cary, the Hoosiers were victorious in Friday’s series opener, 8-2. Staked to an 8-0 advantage, Cary held the Wildcats scoreless for eight innings and only gave up two in the ninth, but it didn’t matter as IU hung on to win 8-2. IU came out looking to clinch the playoff berth in game one of two on Saturday. Senior lefthander Zach Otte had little offensive support, but managed to shut out the Wildcats and pick up a 3-0 victory. The Hoosiers managed just two hits, but senior Eric Blakeley provided the spark in the top of the first with his ninth home run of the season. That was all Otte needed as he limited NU to four hits in earning his second Big Ten shutout of the season and picking up his seventh victory. Game two saw Wildcat righthander Gabe Ribas shut down the Hoosiers as IU dropped the decision, 4-1. Indiana managed six hits, but that was it as Ribas earned the win. Junior Nick Vitielliss picked up the loss and fell to 7-1 overall and 5-1 in the conference. The final game saw a do-or-die situation for the Northwestern Wildcats, but they did not open the ballgame like their playoff hopes were on the line. IU posted six unearned runs in the top of the second inning, but that was it. Northwestern posted a six-spot of its own in the bottom of the third and took the lead for good in the bottom of the fourth with three runs to win 9-6. NW earned the six seed in the tourney while Indiana was the four seed.

    IU AND THE BIG TEN TOURNAMENT
    2002 will mark the fourth trip to the Big Ten Tournament for Hoosier Baseball. The last time IU was in the tourney, it was victorious with a 3-1 record. IU knocked off Illinois twice enroute to the title. The Hoosiers made the trip to the tourney in 1993 and 1991 with the team being bounced in three in ‘91 and two in ‘93. IU is 4-5 all-time in the conference tournament with one championship. The Hoosiers face Iowa to open the 2002 tourney and the two teams have never faced off in the Big Ten Conference Tournament.

    INDIANA AND IOWA IN 2002
    In Indiana’s second Big Ten series of the season, the Hoosiers hosted Iowa at Sembower Field. IU opened the series with a 10-7 victory in what turned out to be a slugfest. IU has 14 hits and Iowa had 11 as sophomore Adam Pegg picked up the victory in relief. Homers by sophomore Mark Calkins and junior Vasili Spanos clinched the Hoosier victory. IU continued its winning ways as senior Zach Otte picked up his second straight Big Ten win with a 5-1 victory. Otte limited Iowa to just six hits in improving to 5-1 on the season. In game three, the Hoosiers put an exclamation point on the series with a decisive 6-1 victory behind junior Nick Vitielliss who limited Iowa to just three hits in his second straight complete game victory. Iowa came out and took game four in a wild 17-13 slugfest. The teams combined for 35 hits as IU fell to 6-2 overall in the conference. It was IU’s second straight series victory as the Hoosiers took three of four from the Fighting Illini the weekend prior.

    HOW IU HAS FARED AGAINST TOURNEY FOES
    Head to head, the Hoosiers have done well against the five other teams heading to Minneapolis. Against the teams participating in the tournament, the Hoosiers are an aggregate 8-9 against the teams. At Michigan State, the Hoosiers were able to leave East Lansing with a split against the best hitting team in the conference. This series was the third series of the season and it came on the heels of taking three out of four from the Hawkeyes. Indiana dropped a pair of heartbreakers to Ohio State and lost one to weather. In the two losses, IU lost by one run, 3-2, and lost in a slugfest, 14-11. IU did pick up a 5-4 come-from-behind victory over the #2 seed. Indiana and OSU lost one game to rain. The Hoosiers traveled to Minneapolis once prior to the tourney, and lost a pair of games to the Gophers and a pair to weather. IU never got going in an 8-1 loss and lost a nailbiter, 4-2. Snow got the best of the series as two games were lost to weather. In the final series of the season, IU came out and split with Northwestern in Evanston, Ill. The Hoosiers posted a big 8-2 win and a great 3-0 shutout. IU dropped the final two games as NW was fighting for a postseason berth. Behind a strong defense, tough pitching and a great offense, IU was able to have a 15-14 Big Ten season and earn the No. 4 seed at the Big Ten Tournament.

    HOOSIERS RECEIVE VOTES IN POLL
    For three consecutive weeks, the Hoosier baseball team received votes in the Baseball Weekly/ESPN Coaches poll. IU received 16 votes on April 1, six on April 8 and three on April 15.

    JONES IS TOP HITTER IN CONFERENCE
    Junior center fielder Kennard Jones earned his first all-game batting championship in 2002. Jones finished the season with a .411 avg. including 88 hits (1st) and 72 runs (1st). In addition, Jones finished fourth in the on-base pct. chase (.473) and second in stolen bases (22). The quintessential leadoff hitter also finished second in the Big Ten Conference batting race by one point (.397). He also finished the season as the league leader in hits (46), second in runs (30) and tied for second in stolen bases (8) in conference games only. Jones was named as one of three players chosen as 2002 Big Ten Conference Player of the Year. MSU’s Bob Malek and Minnesota’s Luke Appert round out the tri-Players of the Year.

    OTTE WINS OVERALL ERA CHAMPIONSHIP
    Fifth-year senior Zach Otte has had a career year in 2002. Not only has he thrown three complete games, but he also has an ERA of 2.19. 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.

    BLAKELEY WINS RBI CROWN
    Senior Eric Blakeley came through when it counted for the Indiana Hoosiers. Blakeley finished the Big Ten season with 27 RBI and in a four-way tie for the conference crown. Blakeley finished fourth in the overall RBI chase with 59. His final year as a Hoosier was a career season as he finished with career highs in home runs (9), RBI (59) and doubles (12).

    OH WHAT A SLUGGER!
    Junior Vasili Spanos earned his first all-game home run crown with his 16 bombs. The Hoosier third baseman finished sixth in the Big Ten Conference with seven homers in the conference season. Spanos also finished tied for second in the all-game RBI chase with 62 and fifth in the Big Ten RBI race with 26.

    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.

    STARTERS CLIMB INDIANA ALL-TIME CHARTS
    Three of IU’s starting pitchers have placed themselves in the record books at Indiana University. With his first pitch on Saturday, senior Zach Otte tied Bob Scafa’s 1991 record for single Big Ten season starts with his eighth. Not bad for a guy that is two years removed from Tommy John surgery. Juniors Nick Vitielliss and Jacob Cary also climbed into the charts in single Big Ten season starts with each tallying seven in 2002.

    SMITTY TO THE RESCUE
    Indiana junior closer Ryan Smith tied the Indiana University single season mark for saves with eight after he earned a back-to-back saves against Purdue two weeks ago. Smitty tied the all-time mark set by Chris Wilson in 1999.

    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 989 career wins going into the weekend, Indiana head coach Bob Morgan is only 11 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 has now taken over 14th all-time with 135 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 in late June.

    IU'S RECORD WHEN...
    Scoring 1-4 runs 6-10
    Scoring 5+ runs 28-8
    Opponent 6 or less runs 30-9
    Opponent 7 or more 4-9
    IU scores first 24-8
    Opponent scores first 10-10
    Leading after 6 innings 26-1
    Trailing after 6 innings 6-16
    Tied after 6 innings 1-1
    Leading after 8 innings 19-5
    Trailing after 8 innings 0-10
    Tied after 8 innings 0-1
    Last at-bat wins 2-2
    Collecting 1-3 hits 1-1
    Collecting 4-6 hits 3-4
    Collecting 7-9 hits 8-5
    Collecting 10+ hits 23-7
    Out-hitting opponents 27-1
    Out-hit by opponents 5-15
    Hits are tied 1-3
    IU is errorless 11-3
    Committing one error 12-5
    Committing mult. errors 11-10
    Opponent is errorless 7-8
    Opp. commits one error 13-3
    Opp. commits mult. errors 14-6
    IU starter gets decision 20-13
    IU bullpen gets decision 14-5
    One-run games 4-2
    Two-run games 3-4
    IU hits a home run 20-9
    Opp. hits a home run 15-12
    Day games 32-16
    Night games 2-2
    Extra innings 0-1
    vs. In-state opponents 7-3
    At home 17-7
    On the road 10-11
    At neutral site 7-0
    Conference
    Big Ten 15-14
    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 4-7
    Monday 3-2
    Tuesday 5-0
    Wednesday 3-2
    Thursday 2-0
    Friday 5-4
    Saturday 12-3
    By the month
    February 2-0
    March 18-4
    April 8-8
    May 6-6

    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 566 1711 .331

    Single Season Slugging Percentage
    1. Mickey Morandini 1986 .844
    2. Kevin Orie 1992 .783
    3. Vasili Spanos 2002 .773
    Mike Smith 1991 .773


    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 72
    5. Mickey Morandini 1988 70

    Indiana Career RBI
    1. Mike Sabo 85-88 231
    14. Vasili Spanos 00-02 135

    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 8 1 1 30
    Eric Blakeley 16 4 1 - 21
    Vasili Spanos 15 3 - - 18
    Gibran Hamdan 9 3 3 - 15
    Mark Calkins 9 6 - - 15
    Joe Kemp 8 4 - - 12
    Nick Evans 6 3 1 - 10
    Kenny Marrs 9 - - - 9
    Ryan Donley 4 1 1 - 6
    Jay Brant 3 2 1 - 6
    Josh Romero 4 - - - 4
    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 7 6 - 2 15
    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 1 - 6
    Jay Brant 4 - 1 - 5
    Ryan Donley 3 - - 1 4
    Kenny Marrs 4 - - - 4
    Josh Romero 2 - - - 2
    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 -

    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 3 at Northwestern (5/19/02)

    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)

    HEAD COACH BOB MORGAN
    Bob Morgan knows how to win. During his 26 years as a head coach at the collegiate level, he has orchestrated 25 winning seasons. In his 18 years at the helm of the baseball program at Indiana, Morgan has had 15 seasons with 30 or more wins, 10 seasons with 35 or more wins and five seasons with 40 or more wins. His finest season in terms of wins, however, came in 1985. During the 1985 season, Morgan led the Hoosiers to a school-record 57 wins. Under Morgan, the '85 squad began the season with a 22-4 record and won 16 of 17 games during one stretch. Morgan's 1985 team may have been the most successful regular-season squad in the history of Hoosier baseball, but it was his 1996 team that he led to the Big Ten Tournament championship. After finishing the 1996 regular season with a 39-15 record and a school-record 18 wins against conference opposition, Morgan took his team into the Big Ten tournament for its opening round game against Illinois. IU claimed a 6-3 win in that contest, then came back the next day to defeat host Penn State, 6-2, ensuring that the Hoosiers would play on the final day of the tournament. After having its bid for an undefeated run through the conference tournament cut down in an 8-5 loss to the Illini early in the day, Morgan led his troops to one of the biggest wins in school history. IU's 6-4 win over Illinois in the championship game not only gave the Hoosiers their first conference title since 1949, but it gave the Hoosiers their second NCAA Tournament appearance in the history of the program. Once in the tournament, Morgan led Indiana to the school's first-ever NCAA Tournament victory, a 10-8 win over Delaware. For his efforts during the '96 campaign, Morgan was named Mideast Region coach of the year. That recognition marked the second time in a three-year span that Morgan was rewarded for his coaching prowess. In 1993, he secured Big Ten coach of the year honors after guiding Indiana to a 38-21 overall record and a 15-12 finish in conference. Not only is Morgan recognized as one of the top coaches in the Big Ten, but he is also one of the top coaches in the nation, ranking in the top 20 among all active coaches in wins (955) and winning percentage (.658). Among the reasons for Morgan's success is his ability to recognize talent, then cultivate it. Since taking the reigns of the IU baseball program in 1984, Morgan has seen 40 of his former players go on to play professional baseball, including All Star second baseman Mickey Morandini, third baseman Kevin Orie and pitcher Chris Peters. Making good players better and winning games with them is nothing new to Morgan. Prior to coming to Bloomington, Morgan enjoyed success while coaching at Kent State, where he led the Golden Flashes to a 79-39 two-year record after the team had been 13-18-1 in 1981. He also served as an assistant athletic director while at Kent State. Morgan began his collegiate coaching career at Wooster College, where his teams were 213-48-2 over a six-year period. Under his direction, Wooster won four Ohio Athletic Conference division titles and also appeared in five NCAA Division III tournaments with three top ten finishes. A native of Findlay, Ohio, Morgan attended Ohio University and pitched three years for the Bobcats, earning second team All-Mid-American Conference honors in 1969. He helped the ‘Cats to MAC titles in 1968 and 1969. Morgan then signed with the Detroit Tigers in 1969 and pitched in their farm system through 1971. He is now one of the most popular clinicians in the country. He taught and coached at Buckeye Central High School in New Washington, Ohio and at Sidney High School before becoming an assistant baseball coach at Marshall in 1972. In 1973, he became the head baseball coach at Greenville High School before moving to Wooster in 1975. Morgan graduated from Ohio with a bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1969, and he earned his master’s degree in the same field from Marshall in 1973. Bob and his wife Bridget are the parents of daughters Gretchen, Beth and Heidi and sons Edward and Robert. Beth plays basketball for the WNBA's Washington Mystics and Edward runs track and cross country at Miami of Ohio.

    Bob Morgan Year-by-Year

    Year School W L T Pct.
    1976 Wooster 30 9 0 .769
    1977 Wooster 31 6 0 .838
    1978 Wooster 30 10 0 .750
    1979 Wooster 40 8 1 .827
    1980 Wooster 45 7 0 .865
    1981 Wooster 37 8 1 .815
    1982 Kent State 35 23 0 .603
    1983 Kent State 44 16 0 .733
    1984 Indiana 44 20 0 .688
    1985 Indiana 57 19 1 .747
    1986 Indiana 43 17 0 .716
    1987 Indiana 43 17 0 .716
    1988 Indiana 39 19 0 .672
    1989 Indiana 34 26 0 .567
    1990 Indiana 30 27 1 .526
    1991 Indiana 38 23 1 .621
    1992 Indiana 35 20 0 .636
    1993 Indiana 38 21 0 .644
    1994 Indiana 33 23 0 .589
    1995 Indiana 33 23 0 .589
    1996 Indiana 43 18 0 .704
    1997 Indiana 34 21 0 .618
    1998 Indiana 29 27 0 .518
    1999 Indiana 37 17 0 .685
    2000 Indiana 29 27 0 .516
    2001 Indiana 24 31 1 .429
    2002 Indiana 34 18 0 .667
    at Indiana 697 414 4 .626
    Overall 989 501 6 .661

    2002 INDIANA BASEBALL BIO UPDATES
    25 Chris Behrens
    So. • LHP • Stafford, Va./Brooke Point H.S.
    Has made 11 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 • threw 2.1 innings of scoreless relief in loss to Northwestern.

    3 Eric Blakeley
    Sr. • SS • Greenville, Ohio/Greenville H.S.
    Third Team All-Big Ten shortstop • Senior leader on and off the field • has hit a career-high nine homers and has 59 RBI this season • hit game-winning home run against Illinois to win series 3-1 • has started all 52 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 (10).

    29 Pat Boucher
    Sr. • RHP • Pasadena, MD./Charleston Southern
    Has made 17 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 46 games at second base for the Hoosiers • has a .270 average in 141 at-bats • hit his first IU home run against Detroit Mercy in a 22-2 victory • has nine doubles and 17 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 45 starts this season all in left field • is third on the team with a .354 average in 161 at-bats • homered and had five RBI in season opener against Taylor • also had a home run and four RBI against Xavier • has 37 RBI on the season with 12 doubles, three triples and three homers.

    11 Jacob Cary
    Jr. • RHP • Bruceville, Ind./North Knox
    Threw a complete game in 8-2 win over Northwestern which included eight scoreless innings • threw a complete game in a 6-4 loss to Illinois • has thrown 74.1 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 25 games with 12 starts • went 4-6 against Manhattan with five RBI and a double • has 16 RBI on the season along with 19 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 37 games with 33 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 46 games for the Hoosiers this season • is batting .333 • 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
    Big Ten Tri-Player of the Year • First Team All-Big Ten Outfielder • IU’s lead off hitter and top center fielder • top hitter in conference with .411 overall average and second in conference games only with a .397 avg. • has started in center field in every game • won conference title in hits with 88, runs with 72 and finished second in stolen bases with 22 • has 30 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 41 starts for the Hoosiers and has 39 RBI • has walked 16 times in 152 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 27 starts • has a .312 avg. with 15 RBI, seven doubles and two triples • has 10 multi-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 .412 average in 17 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 3.26 ERA in 13 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.
    All-Big Ten Third Team selection • One of IU’s top starters • has appeared in 15 games with 11 starts • owns a 7-3 record with a 4-2 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 • threw a complete game four-hit shutout against Northwestern • leads the team and finished with best ERA for Big Ten starters with 2.19 ERA.

    43 Matt ousley
    Sr. • RHP • Berne, Ind./IUPUI
    Middle reliever from IUPUI • has appeared in nine games with three starts • has given up 18 runs with 14 being earned in his 17.2 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 5-4 record with a 3.45 ERA in 17 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 10 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.
    Platoons at catcher for Indiana • has appeared in 37 games with 26 being starts • holds a .314 average in 70 at-bats • has a double, a triple, two homers and 11 RBI on the season • has been hit by a pitch on six 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 24 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.
    First Team All-Big Ten third baseman • overall champion in home runs with 16 • finishe first in conference in slugging (.773) and third in RBI with 62 • 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 52 games with 51 at third base.

    36 Nick Vitielliss
    Jr. • RHP • Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone
    Second Team All-Big Ten selection • One of IU’s top pitchers • has appeared in 15 games with 12 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 5-1 in conference play and 7-1 overall.

    8 Cody Wargo
    So. • C • Owings, Md./Northern H.S.
    Platoons with Romero at catcher • has played in 38 games with 25 starts • hit his first career home run against Detroit Mercy • has walked 12 times this season in 63 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.


    SEASON IN REVIEW: 2002
    The 2002 season will live in the annals of Indiana baseball as one of the most surprising, but exciting seasons. The Hoosiers came into the season predicted to finish last in the Big Ten Conference after a dismal 24-31-1 record and 10th place finish in 2001. To the delight of many, the Hoosiers pleased fans and well-wishers with a season characteristic of the 2002 athletic year. With IU basketball finishing as National Runner-up and IU women’s basketball winning the Big Ten Tournament, Indiana baseball had a hard act to follow. So far they have followed suit. The Bob Morgan-led Hoosiers finished the regular season with a 34-18 overall record including a 15-14 mark in the Big Ten conference. The Hoosiers clinched a berth in the 2002 Big Ten Tournament for the first time since winning it in 1996. Season highlights include a 13-game winning streak and a six-game win streak in Big Ten Conference play. The Hoosiers opened the Big Ten season 8-4 after three weekend, but had a rocky road midway going just 7-10 to finish out the season. In the first Titan Series, IU baseball knocked Purdue for a loop by taking three of four and earning the all-important full point to give IU a 9-8 lead. IU went on to win the Titan Series. 2002 was not only a great season, but it was a historic one for Head Coach Bob Morgan. Morgan not only took a team picked last to a playoff berth, but also took a team that finished last the season before to a postseason appearance. The Hoosiers head to the Big Ten Tournament with a shot at winning their second title and with the offense, defense and pitching, the 2002 Indiana Hoosier baseball team has a legitimate shot at title number two.

    SOME HOOSIER HIGHLIGHTS FROM 2002
    Offense
    .331 team avg. #4 all-time at Indiana
    402 runs scored 400 runs for 13th time
    566 hits 8th-most in Indiana history
    107 doubles 100 doubles for 12th time
    46 home runs 40 homers for 17th time
    376 RBI 8th-highest all-time
    .492 slugging pct. Top 8 all-time at Indiana
    218 walks 19th straight season with 200 walks
    50 hit by pitches 5th-most all-time at Indiana

    Pitching
    161 walks 3rd-fewest since 1980
    4.64 ERA 11th-lowest since 1970’s
    4 shutouts Most since 1998
    9 saves 3rd-highest all-time at Indiana
    476 hits 3rd-lowest since 1993
    263 runs 3rd-lowest since 1980
    212 earned runs 5th-lowest since 1980
    35 wild pitches 13th-lowest since 1980

    IU IN THE BIG TEN TOURNAMENT
    1996 • BEAVER FIELD • UNIVERSITY PARK, PA.
    Host: Penn State University
    May 16, 1996
    Indiana 6, Illinois 3
    Score by Innings 123 456 789 R H E
    Illinois 200 001 000 3 8 2
    Indiana 000 330 00x 6 5 2

    Win - Ferrell (9-5)
    Loss - Weber (9-5)

    May 17, 1996
    Indiana 6, penn state 3
    Score by Innings 123 456 789 R H E
    Indiana 002 003 010 6 8 2
    Penn State 101 000 000 2 5 2

    Win - Partenheimer (8-2)
    Loss - Bump (8-5)

    May 18, 1996
    Indiana 5, Illinois 8
    Score by Innings 123 456 789 R H E
    Illinois 010 031 102 8 10 1
    Indiana 000 001 220 5 9 4

    Win - Burlage (3-2)
    Loss - Boyd (5-2)

    May 18, 1996
    championship game
    Indiana 6, Illinois 4
    Score by Innings 123 456 789 R H E
    Indiana 211 011 000 6 16 0
    Illinois 000 211 000 4 8 3

    Win - Graft (4-5)
    Loss - Weber (9-6)

    1993 • C.O. BROWN FIELD • BATTLECREEK, MICH.
    May 20, 1993
    Indiana 2, Ohio state 3
    Score by Innings 123 456 78910 R H E
    Indiana 010 100 000 0 2 3 2
    Ohio State 000 100 010 1 3 10 1

    Win - Beaumont (8-3)
    Loss - Scafa (7-3)

    May 21, 1993
    Indiana 11, Purdue 9
    Score by Innings 123 456 78 9 R H E
    Purdue 115 100 01 0 9 7 2
    Indiana 000 100 01 10 11 9 3

    Win - Koehler (7-2)
    Loss - Zanolla (7-2)

    May 22, 1993
    Indiana 3, Ohio State 15
    Score by Innings 123 456 789 R H E
    Ohio State 006 020 052 15 21 2
    Indiana 000 300 000 3 8 1

    Win - Cannon (4-5)
    Loss - Mann (3-2)

    1991 • TRAUTMAN FIELD • COLUMBUS, OHIO
    May 16, 1991
    Indiana 11, MINNESOTA 15
    Score by Innings 123 456 789 R H E
    Indiana 002 003 006 11 16 1
    Minnesota 302 303 40x 15 18 3

    Win - Bakkum (9-2)
    Loss - Schaefer (8-4)

    May 17, 1991
    Indiana 6, NORTHWESTERN 10
    Score by Innings 123 456 789 R H E
    Northwestern 202 110 400 10 11 1
    Indiana 022 000 011 6 10 0

    Win - Sandt (3-6)
    Loss - Scafa (3-4)



    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
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