June 14, 2013
OMAHA, Neb. -
The Indiana University baseball team (48-14) is headed to Omaha to compete in the NCAA College World Series from June 15-26. Indiana begins their quest for a national championship Saturday night versus Louisville at 7 pm CT/8 pm ET live on ESPN.
The final eight teams remaining are split into a pair of four-team pods. Each pod plays a double-elimination tournament with the pod victors facing off in the best-of-three series College World Series Finals. Junior left-hander pitcher Joey DeNato takes the bump for Indiana vs. the Cardinals. He tossed four scoreless frames vs. UL in the season opener way back on Feb. 15 down in Tampa.
Mike Patrick and Orel Hershiser will be in the ESPN booth for Saturday's opener. Jessica Mendoza joins the broadcast crew from field level. In addition, the games can be heard on WHCC 105.1 FM,, 95.9 FM and 1370 AM as Assistant Athletic Director for Broadcast Services Jeremy Gray hits the airwaves live from Dick Howser Field.
GameTracker live stats will also be available for all tournament games. For in-game updates straight to your mobile device, make sure to follow the official IU Baseball twitter account (@IUBaseballNews).
SATURDAY'S PROBABLE PITCHING MATCH-UP
Saturday, June 15 - 7 pm CT/8 pm ET
Jr., LHP Joey DeNato (9-2, 2.76) vs. Jr., RHP Chad Green (10-3, 2.29)
Complete Game Notes
BULLET POINT BONANZA
The Hoosiers won their first Big Ten regular season title since 1949 and first outright crown in 81 years (1932)
Indiana made it a conference clean sweep by taking the Big Ten Tournament title as well
The Hoosiers are 5-0 in the NCAA Tournament, winning the first Regional and Super Regional ever
Indiana's 48 wins are the most ever over Division-I opponents in school history (previous record was 33)
Indiana strung together a school-record 18-game winning streak from March 10-April 6
IU has doubled up the opposition through 62 games, outscoring the competition 428-214 (+3.5/game)
Aaron Slegers was voted the Big Ten Pitcher of the Year
Tracy Smith was unanimously selected by his peers as the Big Ten Coach of the Year
Scott Donley is batting .471 (41-for-87) with runners in scoring position (7-for-14 with bases loaded)
Ricky Alfonso leads the team with seven pinch-hit base knocks; 7-for-21 (.333) with 7 RBI as a pinch hitter
INDIANA CRACKS NEARLY 30 YEAR DROUGHT FOR #B1GBASEBALL
No player on the Indiana roster was born (or even close to) the last time a school from the Big Ten advanced to the College World Series. The addition of the Big Ten Network, hiring of elite coaches and facility upgrades across the conference have risen the league to new heights in recent seasons. The Hoosiers will lead the charge into Omaha as the first Big Ten team to compete in the CWS since Michigan in 1984.
THREE W's FOR CC
Freshman pitcher Will Coursen-Carr has earned the win in the title-clinching games of the Big Ten Tournament, NCAA Regioal and NCAA Super Regional. He tossed a complete game to drive Indiana to a conference tourney crown and went 5.1 innings strong versus Austin Peay to wrap up the Bloomington Regional. `CC' then came out of the pen at Florida State, baffling the Seminoles for 4.1 innings of relief and picking up the W.
MORE ALL-AMERICANS FOR INDIANA
Three Hoosier baseball players garnered All-America recognition from Louisvilel Slugger. Kyle Schwarber, Aaron Slegers and Dustin DeMuth were each awarded the lofty laurels as Schwarber was placed on the Second Team and Slegers and DeMuth were members of the Third Team.
The three All-American total is the highest in school history. Head Coach Tracy Smith was at the helm in 2009 as well, Indiana's only other season with multiple All-Americans. Eleven different Hoosiers have now been named All-Americans on 13 occasions. Coach Smith has mentored five IU All-Americans including two-timers Josh Phegley (2008-2009) and Alex Dickerson (2010-11).
In addition, relief pitcher Scott Effross picked up Freshman All-American status. Effross became the ninth Hoosier to do so in the last six seasons, including at least one IU rookie in each year of the six-season stretch.
GREAT TIMING FOR THE SMITH FAMILY
Head Coach Tracy Smith and starting outfield Casey Smith, as well as the entire team, are sure to have a special weekend. But for the Smiths, it's even more memorable as the Hoosiers will play games the day before and day after Father's Day. Casey is the oldest of Tracy's three sons. The middle son, Ty, will be a freshman receiver on the Hoosier Football team in 2013.
SCHWARBER CHOSEN AS DISTRICT PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Sophomore catcher Kyle Schwarber is the District V Player of the Year, announced by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers of America, Schwarber is one of 10 players nationally to earn the award in 2013 and is the third Hoosier in school history to do so Alex Dickerson, 2010 and Seth Bynum, 2004).
TWINS DRAFT TRIPLETS
The Minnesota Twins grabbed a trio of Hoosiers in the 2013 Major League Baseball draft this weekend, drafting Aaron Slegers, Dustin DeMuth and Ryan Halstead in the fifth, eighth and 26th rounds, respectively. Slegers, DeMuth and Halstead just happen to be roommates off campus in Bloomington.
Indiana University has now seen at least one baseball player drafted in the past seven seasons and in 29 of the last 31 years. Under the guidance of Head Coach Tracy Smith, multiple Hoosiers have been taken in six consecutive MLB June Drafts. A total of 17 players have been picked in the last five years and a total of 20 in the Smith Era.
TAKING DOWN PERENNIAL NATIONAL POWER
The Hoosiers headed south last week at the Super Regionals to dethrone Florida State in Tallahassee. The Seminoles own the most Super Regional wins in NCAA history, but could not add to their total in a sweep by Indiana. The IU lineup banged out 21 runs over two games in front of a raucous crowd.
Ty Neal NAMED HEAD COACH AT UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI
Indiana University pitching coach and recruiting coordinator>Ty Neal, who is regarded as one of the top assistant coaches in college baseball, has been named the University of Cincinnati's 27th baseball head coach, director of athletics Whit Babcock announced June 7. Coach Neal will remain on Indiana's staff until the conclusion of the 2013 season.
HOT START HOOSIERS
Indiana has scored in the first inning in 28 of 62 games, owning a 59-24 run margin in the opening frame.
HOOSIERS ENTER UNCHARTED WATERS
A drama-filled NCAA Regional in Bloomington ended with the Hoosiers advancing to the school's first ever Super Regional. The wild weekend began when Chad Clark's 3-run walk-off homerun completed a four-run bottom of the ninth rally to defeat Valparaiso in the opening game. Clark's bomb was the first walk-off homer for Indiana since Jerrud Sabourin did so versus Michigan State in 2009.
Centerfielder Justin Cureton made a memorable play as well in the Regional-clinching win over Austin Peay. Indiana was leading 3-0 when a potentially game-tying 3-run homerun for APSU was robbed by Cureton in a dead sprint, scaling the 8-foot wall in centerfield and bringing the ball back into the yard.
ESPN's SPORTSCENTER TAKES NOTICE
Both highlight-reel-worthy plays caught the eye of national media, most notably making SportsCenter's Top-10 Plays. Clark's long-ball came in at #6 Friday night while Cureton's homerun thievery was the #3 play of the entire weekend in sports.
BIG TEN'S ELITE, STATISTICALLY SPEAKING AND RECORD WISE
The Hoosier lineup is potent and deep, leading to Indiana sitting atop of every major offensive statistical category, sans triples, in the Big Ten. Don't sleep on the pitching, however, as the Hoosier hurlers' 2.67 team earned run average is also tops in the conference. For the "only thing that matters is wins and losses" crowd, don't fret. Indiana's 48-14 record (.774) is also the B1G's best.
HOW THE HOOSIERS STACK UP ON THE NATIONAL LEVEL
Indiana is posting numbers worthy of top-25 NCAA rankings as well. Entering Super Regionals, IU staff's 2.67 ERA is the eighth-lowest in the country. In addition, IU is slotted 11th in winning percentage (.774), ninth in doubles (131), 14th in slugging percentage (.452), 14th in homeruns (53), 20th in batting average (.306) and 21st in scoring (6.9 runs/game). Defensively, the Hoosiers have turned 68 double plays, good for the sixth-most twin killings in D-I baseball.
Individually, Kyle Schwarber is slotted third with 18 homeruns and a .674 slugging percentage, 18th with 1439 total bases and 19th with 63 runs. Meanwhile, Dustin DeMuth's .389 batting clip slots him 15th and his 24 doubles place him 12th nationally.
SCHWARBER TO DON STARS & STRIPES
Sophomore catcher Kyle Schwarber has been selected to join USA Baseball's 2013 Collegiate National Team. He will be one of 24 college players to don the Stars and Stripes this summer. He becomes the fourth Hoosier to be selected to Team USA, and second under the tutelage of Head Coach Tracy Smith. Alex Dickerson (2010) was the other Coach Smith product to earn a spot on Team USA, joining Mickey Morandini (1988) and Bob Scafa (1993).
NATIONALLY RANKED HOOSIERS
Baseball America tabbed the Hoosiers as the 24th-best team in the country on March 11, marking the first time in school history Indiana had been nationally ranked. IU is currently slotted #8 by Baseball America and Perfect Game, the highest ascent ever.
HALSTEAD BECOMES IU'S ALL-TIME SAVES KING
Junior RHP Ryan Halstead earned the 21st save of his career after closing out Indiana's opening-round victory over Minnesota at the Big Ten Tournament (tallied 22nd save in Regional). That total marks the most in school history, surpassing the previous record holder Chris Squires (2007-10) and his 20 career saves. *Go to page 7 to see additional Hoosiers writing their names in the school record books.
HOME SWEET HOME
Bart Kaufman Field opened with a bang, as Indiana blew up Miami (OH) 15-runs-to-1 in the facility debut. After completing a 3-0 sweep of the NCAA Regional last week, Indiana finished the inagural season 19-3 in their new digs, outscoring the competition 148-61.