INDIANA BASEBALL UPDATE
March 8, 2013Eastern Indiana Sports
INDIANA PRESS RELEASE
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana University baseball team (6-2) opens up an eight-game-in-nine-days spring break trip with a three-game series at #28 Florida (7-7), starting on Friday (March 8). Game times versus the Gators are set for 7 pm (Fri.), 4 pm (Sat.) and 1 pm (Sun.). After a travel day break in action on Monday, the Hoosiers will face Army, Fairfield, Navy, Bucknell and UAB in successive days as part of the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational in Winter Haven, Fla.
Options to follow the action are aplenty. IUHoosiers.com will provide live audio broadcastsof all three games free of charge while live video is available through GatorZone.com (subscription fee). In addition, in-game updates can be found on Twitter at the team's official account: @IUBaseballNews.
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCH-UPS FOR FLORIDA SERIES
Friday, March 8 - 7 pm EST
Jr., LHP Joey DeNato (1-1, 2.03) vs. Jr., RHP Jonathon Crawford (0-1, 3.60) • GameTracker Live Stats
Saturday March 9 - 4 pm EST
r-So., RHP Aaron Slegers (1-0, 1.00) vs. Fr., RHP Tucker Simpson (0-1, 4.15) • GameTracker Live Stats
Sunday, March 10 - 1 pm EST
So., LHP Kyle Hart (1-0, 3.07) vs. Fr., Eric Hanhold (0-0, 5.19) • GameTracker Live Stats
Complete IU Baseball Notes
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
Florida enters the weekend winners of four straight, all of which were come-from-behind victories. Five of UF's seven losses have been one-run games, including three in extra innings. Friday's contest marks Florida's first against a Big Ten institution since 2006 and third all-time meeting with Indiana. The Gators topped IU twice during the 1956 season. The last series versus a B1G school in Gainesville came back in 2005.
TRIPLE PLAY QUICK HITS
• Michael Basil is not only riding a six-game hitting streak, but has also driven in at least one run in six straight
• Indiana received a vote in this week's USA/ABCA Poll
• IU leads the country by turning 1.5 double plays per game & Sam Travis' .585 OBP is slotted 9th nationally.
Indiana's power numbers are exploding in the early goings, leading the Big Ten with a .424 slugging percentage and clubbing more than twice as many homeruns (7) as the next closest conference school. Four Hoosiers can be found in the league's top-10 for individual slugging percentage: Sam Travis (1st, .793), Kyle Schwarber (2nd, .622), Michael Basil (6th, .591) and Casey Smith(10th, .529).
*The IU pitching staff is atop a Big Ten statistical category as well, owners of a B1G-best 2.57 ERA.
TRAVIS, BELL EARN BIG TEN WEEKLY HONORS
Sam Travis and Evan Bellwere named the Big Ten's Player of the Week and Co-Freshman of the Week after the opening weekend of the season. It marked Travis' third career Player of the Week recognition, taking the award twice as a freshman (also named Freshman of the Week three times).
*Indiana dominated the conference's weekly awards in 2012, placing a Hoosier on the list 12 times in 14 weeks. Purdue was second-best with 11 honorees, a far distance from the next tier, Michigan State and Illinois at five selections apiece.
EARLY ENTRY INTO THE RECORD BOOKS
Sam Travis waited little time etching his name into the IU record books this season. When clubbing three doubles against USF on Sunday, he became just the fifth Hoosiers to do so in school history and the first since Josh Lyoncranked a trio of two-baggers versus Iowa in 2010.
OFFENSIVE FIREPOWER IS RESTORED
IU returns a large percentage of its offensive production from a year ago as 92% of homeruns, 88% of RBI, 85% of doubles and stolen bases, and 77% of triples from last season came from players returning for 2013.
HIGH EXPECTATIONS FOR HOOSIERS
Four different entities have tabbed Indiana as the preseason favorites in the Big Ten, including the conference's head coaches in the preseason coaches poll. National media groups picking the Hoosiers include Baseball America, Perfect Game and CollegeBaseballInsider.com. Included in CBI.com's prognostications were league superlatives. Sophomore Sam Traviswas named the Big Ten's "hitter you least want to face" and was one of three players voted as "the best pure hitters" and "biggest power threats" in the Big Ten Conference.
BIG-TIME COVERAGE ON THE BIG TEN NETWORK
Indiana will have at least three games broadcast nationally on the Big Ten Network with the opportunity of being chosen for four `wild card' games towards the end of the regular season. The Hoosiers games versus Penn State (Mar. 24) and Louisville (Mar. 26) and at Nebraska (May 4) are set for BTN showings. The digital network, BTDN will also stream 16 IU games (eight at home; eight on the road) for a total of 19 BTN-quality productions.
Also, highlights and coverage of Big Ten baseball and softball will be featured on the Diamond Report, which airs Sunday nights during the season beginning in April. Hosts Rick Pizzo, Mike Hall and various analysts will discuss Big Ten matchups and breakout performances from the weekend's games.
HOOSIERS IN THE PROS
There are currently 18 former Hoosiers playing professional baseball, 17 of which played under the tutelage of Head Coach Tracy Smith. A pair of IU alums have earned slots on MLB 40-man rosters for the 2013 season, Josh Phegley with the Chicago White Sox and Jake Dunningwith the San Francisco Giants.
SKIP'S SCOOP RETURNS FOR ANOTHER SEASON
Get access to the IU Baseball program like no other team in the country by viewing Skip's Scoop each and every week throughout the 2013 season. `The Scoop' is an interactive video show hosted by Head Coach Tracy Smithposted early each week on IUHoosiers.com that features program updates, student-athlete profiles, and much, much more.
SOCIAL MEDIA OPTIONS
Indiana Baseball ha several social media avenues, including the official team Twitter page: @IUBaseballNews. Head Coach Tracy Smith has joined the Twitterverse as well and can be followed @HoosierBaseball. Facebook users can search "Indiana Hoosiers Baseball Team" locate the program's official Facebook page.