Baseball's Freshman Class Lauded by Baseball America
Oct. 29, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana baseball team's freshman class has been recognized as one of the best in the conference by Baseball America. College writer Aaron Fitt outlined the incoming classes throughout the nation for the publication, stating that the Hoosiers have arguably the best class in the Big Ten.
Fitt also proclaims that Rockport, Ind., native Blake Monar is the conference's top recruit, stating that Monar has "two standout breaking balls--a 12-to-6 curveball and a quality slider." Florida CC of Jacksonville transfer junior Jake Dunning and Poway, Calif., native Alex Dickerson are also lauded in the article.
In addition to Dickerson, Dunning and Monar, IU has 10 additional freshmen in this year's class. Catcher Josh Lyon, infielder Cody Webber and left-handed pitcher Drew Leininger all signed with the Hoosiers during the November 2007 early signing period. IU also added two infielders - Vince Gonzalez and Brian Ritz - and pitchers Garrett Glover, Marshall Gorham, Wyatt Hoff, Matt Igel and Ben Riggins to this year's freshman group.
The Hoosiers will resume a full practice schedule on Feb. 1 with the opening of spring practice. The Hoosiers will open the 2009 season on Feb. 20 at the Big Ten/BIG EAST Challenge, where they will take on West Virginia at St. Petersburg's Progress Energy Park at 10 a.m.
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