The photo above says it all — the Hoosiers just kept crossing the plate. All week.
To be fair to the IU baseball team, dominant might be an understatement. In four games on the week against Indiana State and Northwestern, the Hoosiers scored 46 runs and only allowed 5. IU had 55 hits on the week while giving up 24. Indiana’s weakness on the year has been errors. They only committed 2 on the week. Yes, it all came together for Indiana this week, and then they went and put a 22-run exclamation point on it on Sunday.
The Hoosiers improved to 26-6 on the season. The schedule will get tough later this week as IU will go to Columbus for a 3-game weekend series against RPI #42 Ohio State. It will be a good test as Indiana rounds into mid-season form and gets into the heart of the Big Ten schedule.
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 32 games, and (v) and take a look at this week’s schedule.
NATIONAL RANKINGS UPDATE
The Hoosiers remaining solidly in the Top 20 including a Top 10 spot in some polls.
- RPI: 26th (updated through 4/15 games; previous 20th). This week’s opponents are Notre Dame (84th), Ball State (173rd), and Ohio State (42nd)
- USA Today Coaches Poll: 10th (updated 4/16; previous 13th)
- Baseball America: 12th (updated 4/16; previous 16th)
- D1Baseball: 8th (updated 4/16; previous 10th)
- NCBWA: 10th (4/16, previous 12th)
- Collegiate Baseball: 16th (updated 4/16; previous 15th)
- College Baseball Central: 10th (updated 4/16; previous 11th)
BIG TEN STANDINGS
The Hoosiers currently sit at 6-2 in conference play and are in 4th place, 2 games behind first place Michigan. You can see the Big Ten standings here.
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
The Hoosiers pulled off the sweep of the Sycamores with 5 runs over the 6th, 7th and 8th innings after the teams were tied at 1 going into the 6th.
Matt Gorski and Justin Walker each went 2 for 3 on the day. Walker hit a 2-run double in the 6th to give IU a 3-1 lead, and Jeremy Houston put ISU away with a 2-run triple to right-center.
Tim Herrin got the start and went 5 innings, giving up just 2 hits and 1 earned run. Tommy Sommer pitched 1 inning of scoreless relief and was credited with the win. B.J. Sabol closed things out with 3 scoreless innings of relief, giving up 1 hit and 2 walks. He has still not given up an earned run in 13 innings of work.
Indiana set the tone for the Northwestern series with a blowout win in the first game of a Friday double header.
Matt Lloyd hit two home runs. On the day he was 2 for 4 with 4 RBIs and 4 runs scored. Ryan Fineman and Matt Gorski each homered and went 2 for 4 with 3 RBIs. Four other Hoosiers had 2 hits on the day.
Jonathan Stiever pitched seven scoreless innings and improved to 4-1 on the season. He gave up 8 hits and struck out 5. Grant Sloan threw 2 perfect innings of relief to close it out.
There was one dramatic moment on the week. Trailing 3-1 in the bottom of the 8th, IU erupted for 5 runs for the come from behind victory. Scotty Bradley started the big 8th inning with a one out double. Matt Gorski walked, and then after a walk and a strike-out, the Hoosiers finally broke through with 2-outs. Jeremy Houston drove in 2 with a single, and then Logan Kaletha brought home 2 more with another single. Finally Matt Lloyd finished it off with one more RBI single.
Kaletha led the way with 3 hits and 3 RBIs including a home run from the lead-off spot. He also scored twice. Houston was 2 for 3 with the 2 RBIs. Each of Kaletha and Houston also stole a base.
Pauly Milto got the start and threw 7 strong innings, giving up just 3 hits and 1 earned run. Cal Krueger pitched the final 2 innings and was credited with another win, his 7th on the year. He gave up 4 hits, 1 earned run and struck out 4.
After a scoreless first inning, IU scored 2 or more runs in every inning the rest of the way, including an 8-run explosion in the 8th inning to finish off the Wildcats. 8 different Hoosier hitters had 2 or more hits on the day as Indiana compiled 3 home runs and 6 doubles.
Jeremy Houston led the way with 3 hits while Logan Kaletha scored 3 times. Logan Sowers led the Hoosiers with 3 RBIs. Sowers, Wyatt Cross, and Scotty Bradley each hit the home runs. IU also stole 6 bases on the day with Matt Gorski and Houston each with 2.
Cam Beauchamp started and pitched 5 solid innings for the win. He improved to 4-0 on the year. He allowed 4 hits, walked 3 and struck out 6. Brian Hobbie, Andrew Saalfrank and Connor Manous pitched 4 scoreless innings of relief, giving up only 1 hit in the process.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
After struggling at the plate for much of the season, the sophomore shortstop broke out this week in a big way, going 8 for 15 with 6 RBIs and three runs scored. The Chicago native also stole 3 bases on the week. After struggling with strikeouts early on, Houston has only K’d twice in the last 8 games. He has cleaned up his fielding as well, with no errors in the last 7 games.
The 6-5 lefty has recovered nicely from a bit of a rough start to the season. The junior from Terre Haute helped get the Hoosiers off to a good start this week with 5 solid innings, keeping IU in the game until the bats woke up against ISU. In his last 15 and 1/3 innings he has given up just 2 earned runs while striking out 13.
STATISTICAL LEADERS THROUGH 32 GAMES
IU’s season to date statistical leaders through the Northwestern series:
THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE
The Hoosiers will try to get in 5 games this week if the weather cooperates. IU will play at Victory Field in Indianapolis on Tuesday, return home for a quick game against Ball State on Wednesday, and the head out to Ohio State for a 3-game weekend series.
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