Hoosiers Name 2007 Captains
Nov. 3, 2006
"These four young men have distinguished themselves both on and off the field," Smith said. "Their work ethic, attitude, maturity, attention to detail and willingness to make sacrifices for the betterment of the team impressed all of us. Leadership comes in many different forms, and each of these guys brings his own unique style. I know the captains have the respect and confidence of our staff and players. The trust we put into leadership is a vital component of our program, and the 2007 captains clearly understand the importance of their roles."
Seeing time at first base, catcher and designated hitter, Greenspan wrapped up the 2006 campaign batting .311 in 43 games (25 starts) with two home runs, 19 RBI and a team-leading .447 slugging percentage. In Big Ten play, Greenspan finished third on the team with a .323 average and appeared in 25 of the team's 32 games. He belted both of his home runs, tied for third on the club with 11 RBI and posted a team-best .462 slugging percentage in league games.
Fleenor picked up third team All-Big Ten honors as a starting pitcher last season to become the first Hoosier hurler since Nick Vitielliss and Zach Otte in 2002 to be recognized by the league. Following a dominant stretch run, where he went 4-2 and surrendered only six runs in 38 2/3 innings (1.41 ERA), Fleenor finished fourth in the Big Ten with a 2.57 ERA and led the league in opponent batting average (.220). Overall, Fleenor ended the season with a 4-3 record and gave up 16 earned runs in 56 innings.
Fixler finished second on the 2006 team with 23 RBI and seven doubles, third with .402 slugging percentage and fourth batting .314. He led the squad with 16 RBI in league games and his .343 Big Ten batting average ranked second on the club. The Riverwoods, Ill., product collected eight multi-hit games and five multi-RBI contests. Fixler started 27 games (47 appearances) with 24 starts at catcher and three at designated hitter.
One of the most valuable and versatile pitchers as a freshman, Vicini led the 2006 club with five wins and 19 appearances and tied for the team lead with three saves. The Rural Valley, Pa., native finished the year with a 5-4 record and a 3.93 ERA, which ranked second on the squad. Vicini struck out 29 batters in 50 1/3 innings of work.
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