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    Hoosiers Wrapping Up Summer Season

    Go Hoosiers! Matt Bashore has had an excellent second half on the mound for the Wareham Gatemen.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Matt Bashore has had an excellent second half on the mound for the Wareham Gatemen.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Aug. 5, 2008

    As the summer baseball season is winding down, IUHoosiers.com checked back in with the members of the Indiana baseball team who are playing throughout the country during their months away from school. Today's update is as of August 5.

    With less than a week to go in the Cape Cod League regular season, the trio of Hoosiers who spent their time in Massachusetts this summer are seeing their seasons wind to a close. Matt Bashore and Kipp Schutz are finishing up the year with the Wareham Gatemen while Evan Crawford is playing for the Cotuit Kettleers.

    The left-handed hitting Schutz has been one of the hottest players in the league for Wareham as of late. After a slow start to the season, Schutz has raised his average to .257 - third on the team - and is tied for the team lead with four home runs on the season.

    Likewise, Bashore has been excellent on the mound. The southpaw started his season late for the Gatemen, but has now made three starts for the squad. The rising junior has a 2-2 record and a 3.15 ERA on the season, but his most impressive stat has been his ability to strike out opposing batters. He has struck out 32 batsmen in just 20 innings on the season (14.4 Ks per 9 innings) and has walked just nine batters over that time.

    Crawford has had an up-and-down campaign in Cotuit, but the recent swing is up, as the Reynoldsburg, Ohio, native went 3-for-3 on Monday with a pair of steals against Chatham. Crawford now has 11 stolen bases on the season, tied for fifth in the league, and has scored 17 runs while hitting .243 in the wooden bat league.

    The Cape Leaguers are not the only Hoosiers to have posted strong summers in 2008. After an outstanding freshman campaign, Jerrud Sabourin returned to his hometown San Diego Mavericks. The rising sophomore hit .386 over the season, knocking an astounding 21 doubles in 140 at-bats. He also hit two home runs and a triple to post a .593 slugging percentage on the year.

     

     

    In the Great Lakes League, the Anderson Servants came up short of the playoffs, but it had nothing to do with the performance of a pair of Hoosier pitchers on the roster. Matt Carr went 3-1 on the year with a 1.95 ERA in his six starts on the season. The rising sophomore gave up just 33 hits in 32 1/3 innings, striking out 20 in the process.

    Anthony Agnew spent most of his time in the bullpen for Anderson, but threw well in the role. The Indianapolis native struck out 21 men in 22 innings of work and had a 3.68 ERA on the season. Chris Squires, who pitched for a Grand Lake team that also came up short of the playoffs, also was strong, posting a 2.84 ERA for the year.

    One Hoosier hurler whose season continues in the league is righty Joey O'Gara. O'Gara helped the Cincinnati Steam to a 30-10 record and a spot in the playoffs. The Cincinnati native started seven games, going 5-0 with a 2.39 ERA in 37 2/3 innings of work. He also struck out 30 men to just eight walks on the season. Infielder Tyler Rogers is also in the playoffs, helping the Columbus All-Americans to the postseason.

    Elsewhere, Wes Wilson has played this summer with the Pageland Red Roosters. The catcher had hit .305 on the season in 21 games, including a triple and a home run on the year. Also, Jeff Caldwell saw limited action with the North Florida Legends, collecting two hits for the team.

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