The week started off with promise after a win in Indianapolis over Notre Dame, a thriller over Ball State and then IU took the first of three in Columbus. From there things turned sour with two close and hard fought losses against Ohio State.
On the season IU now stands at 29-8. The loss on Saturday to the Buckeyes snapped a 9 game winning streak. After the Notre Dame win on Tuesday, IU had matched their best 33-game start since 1987.
Indiana continues to have an NCAA best team ERA (2.38), and they are ranked 40th nationally in team batting average (.292). Fielding errors resurfaced over the weekend with three vs. OSU after improved play prior to that.
Today we take a look at (i) where the Hoosiers stand in the national rankings and Big Ten standings, (ii) review the week’s games, (iii) name our hitter and pitcher of the week, (iv) review the statistical leaders through 37 games, and (v) and take a look at this week’s schedule.
NATIONAL RANKINGS UPDATE
TO BE UPDATED ON MONDAY. Updates in BOLD.
The Hoosiers remaining solidly in the Top 20 across most of the polls.
- RPI: 23rd (updated through 4/22 games; previous 26th). This week’s opponents are Purdue (84th) and Illinois (36th).
- USA Today Coaches Poll: 16th (updated 4/23; previous 10th)
- Baseball America: 18th (updated 4/23; previous 12th)
- D1Baseball: 15th (updated 4/23; previous 8th)
- NCBWA: 15th (4/23, previous 10th)
- Collegiate Baseball: 27th (updated 4/23; previous 16th)
- College Baseball Central: 13th (updated 4/23; previous 10th)
BIG TEN STANDINGS
The Hoosiers currently sit at 7-4 in conference play and are tied for 5th place with Purdue. IU is now 4 games behind first place Michigan. You can see the complete Big Ten standings here.
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
The Hoosiers and Irish resumed their annual netural field meeting at Victory Field in Indianapolis.
Starter Tim Herrin (2-0) continued his dominant pitching of late, going 6 innings while giving up just 1 hit and 1 walk while striking out 6. IU brought in two closers who have given up nothing all year and they held true to form on this night. B.J. Sabol threw 2 scoreless innings and Matt Lloyd preserved the shutout and earned his 3rd save of the season.
Ryan Fineman hit a 2 run homer to lead the way for IU. Logan Kaletha walked 3 times and scored on the Fineman HR. Justin Walker also drove in a run.
The Hoosiers fell behind 6-1 in the 3rd but clawed back to force extra innings and win a 14 inning marathon. The game lasted 5 hours and 34 minutes. You can watch Jeremy Houston hit the game winner through the right side below.
The IU pitching staff struggled early in this one, but late inning mastery by Grant Sloan, Cal Krueger and Andrew Saalfrank helped to keep the Hoosiers in it. The trio gave up only 2 hits in the game’s final 6 innings and did not give up an earned run.
Matt Gorski led the way with 4 hits and he drove in 2. Jeremy Houston added 3 hits. Logan Kaletha had 2 hits, walked 3 times and scored 3 runs. Logan Sowers drew an amazing 5 walks. Wyatt Cross also drove in 2.
First pitch was at 6:08 p.m.
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Jonathan Stiever got the start and pitched 7 shutout innings. B.J. Sabol and Cal Krueger each threw a perfect inning in relief.
Matt Gorski, Logan Sowers and Ryan Fineman each had two hits.
We’ll let the highlights do the rest of the talking for this one.
IU got out to a 4-0 lead but couldn’t hold it after OSU kept chipping away. The Hoosiers scored 4 in the top of the 2nd but saw the Buckeyes score in 4 different innings including the game-winner in the bottom of the seventh.
Scotty Bradley led the way with 3 hits including a triple. Matt Gorski also had a triple and drove in and scored a run. Jeremy Houston had a hit, a run and an RBI, and Logan Kaletha added two hits.
Cam Beauchamp got roughed up in 3 and 2/3 innings, giving up 5 hits, 4 runs (2 earned) and 3 walks. He struck out 4. Grant Sloan threw 2 and 1/3 scoreless innings in relief. Connor Manous gave up a run in 2 innings.
Indiana went back into extra innings on Sunday. This game lasted nearly 4 hours and the Hoosiers got a taste of their own medicine, as OSU got a walk-off double down the right field line to win it in the 12th.
Ryan Fineman led IU with 3 hits, while Matt Gorski, Logan Kaletha and Matt Lloyd each added 2. Kaletha and Lloyd each scored twice.
The Hoosiers sent Tim Herrin back out for the start in the place of Pauly Milto, who is dealing with arm soreness. Herrin struggled in this one, giving up 4 runs (2 earned) in 4 and 1/3. Cal Krueger went 3 and 2/3, giving up 1 run and 3 hits while striking out 4. Lloyd and B.J. Sabol each threw a perfect inning of relief. Andrew Saalfrank gave up the game-winner in the 12th.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Gorski had a hit in all 5 games on the week and went a combined 10 for 22 from the plate. He scored 5 runs and drove in 5 while adding 3 stolen bases to bolster his team lead. On the year Gorski bumped his batting average up to .365.
Matt Lloyd / B.J. Sabol
This bullpen duo is simply amazing. Both continued their impressive runs of not giving up an earned run on the season.
Lloyd pitched 2 more scoreless innings and has now gone 13 innings this year without giving up a run. He has given up 8 hits and struck out 14 in those appearances.
Sabol is up to 17 scoreless innings on the season with 4 shutout innings on the week. He has only given up 5 hits all year while striking out 16. He hasn’t given up an extra base hit all year.
STATISTICAL LEADERS THROUGH 32 GAMES
IU’s season to date statistical leaders through the Ohio State series:
THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE
The Hoosiers take a quick trip up to West Lafayette to face rival Purdue and then return to the Bart for a 3-game weekend series against Illinois.
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