by SID - Indiana swept through the Big Ten tournament last week to pick up the league's automatic bid. The Hoosiers rolled through the Big Ten Tournament, outscoring its opponents 47-9 in four games in the tournament.
Indiana made three costly errors and played like a team making its first NCAA tournament appearance since 1996 in a 8-2 loss to Louisville Friday night.
Junior catcher Josh Phegley, a Golden Spikes Award semifinalist, is hitting .350 with a team leading 17 homers and 66 RBI. Freshman designated hitter/outfielder Alex Dickerson leads the team with a .374 average and has provided power as well with 14 homers and 57 RBI. The Hoosiers are hitting .328 as a team with 61 homers and 423 runs scored (7.3 per game).
Junior left-hander Matt Bashore will get the start against Vanderbilt. Bashore is 7-4 with a 3.57 ERA with 101 strikeouts and 29 walks in 90.2 innings of work. Scouting reports have him throwing anywhere from 88-91, with the ability to dial it up to 93-94.
Junior right-hander Chris Squires is the team’s closer with eight saves in 19 relief appearances. He has a 4.01 ERA with 36 strikeouts and 18 walks in 51.2 innings.
As a team the Hoosiers sport a 5.07 ERA with 430 strikeouts and 215 walks in 509.1 innings.
So far the Louisville Regional has played out according to seed. If the Commodores are to extend their season for at least another day, the offense will have to do a better job of hitting with runners on base. The team left 12 on in the loss to Middle yesterday and 1-for-12 in RBI opportunities.
Sonny Gray gets the start and will look to build on a career high 11 strikeout performance against South Carolina last week at the SEC tourney. The freshman gets his chance on the hill in a few hours. The Dores are the home team in the elimination game.