If you look at a calendar, it says it is Spring. Officially anyway. The weather in the midwestern part of the U.S. hasn’t caught on yet as it continues to wreak havoc on Indiana’s baseball season. The schedule for this past week called for four games. The Hoosiers managed to get in two. The snow claimed the rest.
First the Wright State game was moved back a day, and then it was cancelled. Then Saturday’s Iowa contest was moved into a Friday double header due to a looming snow storm. Then Sunday’s Iowa game was cancelled. April can’t get here soon enough.
IU did manage to get in two games as Big Ten play got under way in Iowa City. The Hoosiers split the Friday double header and now stand at 16-5 on the season.
Today we take a look at (i) where the Hoosiers stand in the national rankings, (ii) review the Iowa games, (iii) name our hitter and pitcher of the week, (iv) review the statistical leaders through 21 games, and (v) and take a look at this week’s schedule.
NATIONAL RANKINGS UPDATE
The Hoosiers continue to be a consensus Top 20 team.
(Rankings updated since the Iowa series in bold. These will be updated throughout the day on Monday.)
- RPI: 47th (updated through 3/25 games; previous 53). Indiana State is ranked 24th / Butler 116th.
- USA Today Coaches Poll: 16th (updated 3/26; previous 16th)
- Baseball America: 18th (updated 3/26; previous 19th)
- D1Baseball: 11th (updated 3/26; previous 11th)
- NCBWA: 15th (3/26, previous 15th)
- Collegiate Baseball: 17th (updated 3/26; previous 14th)
- College Baseball Central: 12th (updated 3/26; previous 13th)
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Jonathan Stiever put together another strong start and Cal Krueger got the save out of the bullpen as the Hoosiers took their Big Ten opener at Iowa. Stiever went 7 innings, giving up just 3 hits and 1 earned run while striking out 4. Krueger closed it out with 4 strikouts in the final 2 innings. He gave up 3 hits and 1 earned run.
Indiana got things going with solo home runs from Logan Kaletha and Matt Lloyd. Ryan Fineman drove in Luke Miller after he doubled in the 6th. That would prove to be enough on the day.
Kaletha and Miller each reached base 3 times, both with 2 hits and a walk. Fineman and Drew Ashley both added 2 hits as well.
The Hoosiers struggled to break through against Iowa starter Brady Schanuel, who only gave up 1 hit and struck out 11 over 7 innings in the second game of the double header. Meanwhile, IU starter Pauly Milto got himself into 2-out trouble in both the 1st and 2nd innings after getting the first two outs in each inning unscathed. The result was a 3-0 deficit, and Milto got the early hook in an unusually brief outing. Brian Hobbie followed Milto and gave the Hoosiers a solid inning and a third to steady things.
There wasn’t much in the way of IU highlights in this one. The Hoosiers got a run in the 8th to pull within 4-1, but gave it right back in bottom half.
Logan Kaletha and Matt Lloyd had the two Hoosier hits, and Logan Sowers reached base twice with walks. Luke Miller drove in the only run with a sacrifice fly.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Logan Kaletha continues to be productive from the lead-off spot for the Hoosiers. In the two games on the week, the junior outfielder went 3 for 8 at the plate and added a walk as he continues to set the table for the Hoosiers.
The junior right hander continues to give the Hoosiers great starts as he has now gone three straight games giving up 1 or fewer earned runs. He is averaging 7 strikeouts per outing on the season, and after a rough opening day against Oklahoma, he has seen his ERA fall from 10.80 to 3.38.
STATISTICAL LEADERS THROUGH 21 GAMES
IU’s season to date statistical leaders through the Iowa series:
THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE
The schedule takes on a decidedly in-state flavor this week as the Hoosiers travel out to Terre Haute on Tuesday before returning home to the Bart for a 3-game set with Butler later in the week.
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