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Indiana Ready For NCAA Regional Opener Against Youngstown State

May 30, 2014
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2014 NCAA Regional - Bloomington
 When May 30, 2014
 Today's Game (1) Indiana (42-13) vs.
(4) Youngstown State (16-36)
7:00 p.m. ET
TV: ESPN3
 Where Omaha, Neb. - Bart Kaufman Field
 Game Notes Indiana Notes
 Tournament Central Schedule, Scores
 Pre-Tournament Media Press Conference Video, Transcript
 Tickets  
 Radio Listen Online or on FM 105.1 in Bloomington
 Twitter @IUBaseballNews (in-game updates)
@HoosierBaseball (Tracy Smith)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana Hoosiers (42-13) enter the NCAA Tournament as the No. 4 national seed and are hosting a regional for the second straight season. It marks the first time in Big Ten history that a conference team has earned one of the top eight national seeds. The Hoosiers went 4-0 at the Big Ten Tournament in Omaha last week to claim their second straight conference tournament title to go with their second straight regular season crown.

This is the Hoosiers fifth all-time appearance in the NCAA Tournament (1949, 1996, 2009, 2013, 2014)

Indiana has won 30 of its last 33 games overall this season and 15 of the last 16 entering regional play.

IU starting pitchers have not allowed more than three earned runs in the last 51 games. The Hoosiers did not allowed a Big Ten team to score more than four runs in any game this season.

The three Big Ten losses for IU are the fewest by a Big Ten regular season champion since Ohio State went 25-3 during the 1999 season.

The IU pitching staff posted a team ERA of 1.53 in Big Ten play this season, the lowest by any Big Ten team since 1965 (Iowa - 1.17).

The Hoosiers bring a 37-6 record at Bart Kaufman Field into the weekend, going 18-3 this season.

DID YOU KNOW?
• Indiana claimed eight of the 13 spots on the First Team All-Big Ten list in 2014, tying the conference record for most first team honorees in one season.

• Senior Dustin DeMuthleads all NCAA Division I active hitters with 311 career hits.

• Senior LHP Joey DeNatoleads all NCAA active pitchers - regardless of division - with 36 career victories, second in career innings pitched (362.0) and sixth in career strikeouts (293).

• Junior Sam Travisranks 13th among all NCAA active hitters with 160 career RBI. Travis also ranks 16th among active hitters with 29 career home runs.

• Travis also leads the Big Ten with 539 chances in the field this season and has yet to commit an error.

• Junior Kyle Schwarberranks 4th among all active NCAA Division I players with 38 career home runs. He also ranks 8th among active Division I players with 177 runs scored.

• The Hoosiers' team ERA of 2.17 ranks third in the country this season, trailing only Cal State Fullerton (2.03) and Oregon State (2.13).

• Over the last 23 games, the IU bullpen has pitched a total of 80.1 innings, giving up 12 earned runs on 56 hits and 76 strikeouts.

• In Big Ten play, Indiana outscored its opponents by a 161-48 margin.

BACK-TO-BACK OUTRIGHT TITLES
By virtue of the 7-3 win on May 16 against Minnesota, the Hoosiers clinched the Big Ten regular season title outright for the second straight season. It is the sixth time the Hoosiers have won the regular season Big Ten title and just the fourth time they have won it outright (1925, 1932, 2013, 2014). They were co-champions is 1938 and 1949.

HOOSIERS DON'T SHARE
When Indiana defeated Nebraska, 8-4, in the Big Ten Tournament championship game, the Hoosiers completed the season championship sweep in the Big Ten by winning the regular season and confefence titles. It is the second straight season that IU has won both crowns while marking the fourth Big Ten Tournament championship in program history (1996, 2009, 2013, 2014).

BEST OF THE BIG TEN
Head Coach Tracy Smith picked up his second straight Big Ten Coach of the Year honor while Sam Travis was named Big Ten Player of the Year and Joey DeNatogarnered Big Ten Pitcher of the Year accolades.

Travis is the fourth Big Ten Player of the Year from Indiana and the first since 2010 (Alex Dickerson). DeNato makes it two straight Pitcher of the Year honors for IU, following in the footsteps of 2013 POY Aaron Slegers.

EIGHT ON FIRST TEAM ALL-BIG TEN
The Hoosiers had eight players named First Team All-Big Ten this season, matching Ohio State in 1991 for the most first team honorees from one team in one season.

In addition to Travis (1B) and DeNato (SP), Christian Morris (SP), Luke Harrison (RP), Kyle Schwarber (C), Dustin DeMuth (3B), Brad Hartong (OF) and Scott Donley(DH) were all on the first team.

Will Nolden (OF) earned third team accolades and Jake Kelzer(RP) was put on the All-Freshman team

SKIP'S BEEN THERE BEFORE
Head Coach Tracy Smithpicked up win No. 600 in his 18-year coaching career on May 22 against Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament. He improved to 17-7 all-time in Big Ten Tournament games and has been a part of all three previous conference tournament titles for the Hoosiers. He was the head coach in 2009 and 2013 after serving as an assistant coach in 1996.

Smith also picked up his second straight Big Ten Coach of the Year honor in 2014, leading the Hoosiers to a 21-3 mark in conference play.

HOME SWEET HOME
Since Bart Kaufman Field opened prior to the start of the 2013 season, the Hoosiers have posted a 37-6 record in the facility. In its inaugural season, IU went 19-3 and followed that up with a 18-3 mark entering regional play in 2014.


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