Indiana has concluded an 11 game road trip to start the season with an impressive 9-2 start. Over the weekend the Hoosiers took 3 out of 4 on the road at San Diego. IU’s hitters were on fire all weekend as Indiana averaged more than 7 runs and 12 hits per game.
Today we take a look at (i) where the Hoosiers stand in the national rankings, (ii) review the San Diego road trip, (iii) name our hitter and pitcher of the week, (iv) review the statistical leaders through 11 games, and (v) preview the upcoming 10 game home stand.
NATIONAL RANKINGS UPDATE
- Baseball America: 18th (3/5)
- D1Baseball: 14th (3/5)
- NCBWA: 15th (3/5)
- Collegiate Baseball: 12th (3/5)
- College Baseball Central: 14th (3/5)
REVIEWING THE SAN DIEGO ROAD TRIP
Indiana jumped all over San Diego with 8 runs in the first 5 innings to claim the first game in a four game series with the Toreros. Ryan Fineman had 3 hits and 4 RBIs including a home run. Elijah Dunham also provided 3 hits and scored 2 runs.
Hoosier starter Jonathan Stiever was solid through the first 5 innings before getting bounced in the 6th. Stiever had 7 strikeouts on the day and earned the win. Kade Kryzsko was solid in relief with 3 1/3 shutout innings and got the save.
Indiana fell behind early in game 2 and could never fully recover despite a valiant effort. San Diego pushed across three runs in the bottom of the 1st inning and stretched the lead to 6-1 after 5 innings. Indiana scored runs in the 6th and 8th and then pushed two more across in the 9th to get within a run. The game ended on a play at the plate as Logan Kaletha attempted to score to tie it up.
Logan Sowers had 3 hits and a run while Luke Miller and Matt Gorski each added 2 hits and an RBI. One of Miller’s hits was a home run. Matt Lloyd added 2 RBIs.
Pauly Milto had his first rough outing on the season after two dominant starts. The Hoosier bullpen combination of Andrew Saalfrank and Connor Manous pitched a scoreless 3 1/3 in relief to keep the Hoosiers in it.
In the second game of a double header, the Hoosiers once again found themselves down 3 runs as the Toreros put up 2 runs in the 5th to take a 4-1 lead. Matt Lloyd homered to start the comeback, and then a Logan Kaletha triple down the right field line brought home two more to bring IU within 1 run. There was 9th inning drama again in this one, but this time it worked out in IU’s favor. First Laren Eustace scored after a Sam Crail hit, and then Kaletha brought Crail home on a single to center for the 6-5 lead. Kaletha ended up with 3 hits and 4 RBIs in the game.
Once again the IU bullpen was solid. After a rocky first 5 innings, Austin Long, B.J. Sabol and Cal Krueger combined for 4 shutout innings. Sabol was credited with the win while Krueger earned the save.
Once again the Hoosiers brought out the big bats and it was too much for San Diego. After giving up a run in the bottom of the 2nd, IU scored 3 in each of the top of the 3rd and 5th innings to jump out to a 6-1 lead. Matt Lloyd hit a long 3 run shot in the 3rd, and then Matt Gorski singled to drive in 2 in the 5th, followed by a double steal that brought home Ryan Fineman. Gorski had 4 hits on the day and drove in 3. Fineman and Jeremy Houston each had 2 hits.
Starter Cameron Beauchamp earned the win, giving up 1 run in 4 innings of work. Cal Krueger and Matt Lloyd each delivered shutouts in relief, pitching 1 2/3 and 1 innings respectively.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
The sophomore infielder from Fishers, Indiana saw his average skyrocket from .208 to .341 after going 9 for 17 in the 4 game series against San Diego. Gorski added 5 RBIs and a stolen base.
Krueger continues to be IU’s go-to reliever. The sophomore righty from Jasper, Indiana has yet to give up an earned run in 6 appearances thus far this season. In 2 games against San Diego, Krueger threw 2 2/3 shutout innings and earned a save.
STATISTICAL LEADERS THROUGH 11 GAMES
IU’s season to date statistical leaders through the San Diego series:
IT’S TIME FOR A 10 GAME HOME STAND
UPDATED – Wednesday’s home opener has been moved to Tuesday at 3PM EST due to the weather.
Whether the Indiana weather is ready or not, the Hoosiers are coming home to Bart Kaufman Field and the new video board for a 10 game home stand beginning on March 7 (now March 6) against Cincinnati. The forecast for Wednesday’s home opener was calling for a high of 37 degrees with 14 mph winds. The Tuesday forecast is a balmy 53 degrees with 16 mph winds.
Here’s what the full 10 game home stand looks like:
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