Indiana Ready For NCAA Regional Opener Against Youngstown State
May 29, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana Hoosiers (42-13) enter the NCAA Tournament as the No. 4 national seed and are hosting a regional for the second straight season. It marks the first time in Big Ten history that a conference team has earned one of the top eight national seeds. The Hoosiers went 4-0 at the Big Ten Tournament in Omaha last week to claim their second straight conference tournament title to go with their second straight regular season crown.
This is the Hoosiers fifth all-time appearance in the NCAA Tournament (1949, 1996, 2009, 2013, 2014)
Indiana has won 30 of its last 33 games overall this season and 15 of the last 16 entering regional play.
IU starting pitchers have not allowed more than three earned runs in the last 51 games. The Hoosiers did not allowed a Big Ten team to score more than four runs in any game this season.
The three Big Ten losses for IU are the fewest by a Big Ten regular season champion since Ohio State went 25-3 during the 1999 season.
The IU pitching staff posted a team ERA of 1.53 in Big Ten play this season, the lowest by any Big Ten team since 1965 (Iowa - 1.17).
The Hoosiers bring a 37-6 record at Bart Kaufman Field into the weekend, going 18-3 this season.
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Senior Dustin DeMuth leads all NCAA Division I active hitters with 311 career hits.
Senior LHP Joey DeNato leads all NCAA active pitchers - regardless of division - with 36 career victories, second in career innings pitched (362.0) and sixth in career strikeouts (293).
Junior Sam Travis ranks 13th among all NCAA active hitters with 160 career RBI. Travis also ranks 16th among active hitters with 29 career home runs.
Travis also leads the Big Ten with 539 chances in the field this season and has yet to commit an error.
Junior Kyle Schwarber ranks 4th among all active NCAA Division I players with 38 career home runs. He also ranks 8th among active Division I players with 177 runs scored.
The Hoosiers' team ERA of 2.17 ranks third in the country this season, trailing only Cal State Fullerton (2.03) and Oregon State (2.13).
Over the last 23 games, the IU bullpen has pitched a total of 80.1 innings, giving up 12 earned runs on 56 hits and 76 strikeouts.
In Big Ten play, Indiana outscored its opponents by a 161-48 margin.
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Travis is the fourth Big Ten Player of the Year from Indiana and the first since 2010 (Alex Dickerson). DeNato makes it two straight Pitcher of the Year honors for IU, following in the footsteps of 2013 POY Aaron Slegers.
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Smith also picked up his second straight Big Ten Coach of the Year honor in 2014, leading the Hoosiers to a 21-3 mark in conference play.
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