On Long Beach Little League Day at Blair Field, there was some Little League defense early on as the two teams combined for six errors on the day. The game’s first two runs were unearned and a Long Beach State mental error helped set up the eventual game-winning run.
Indiana scored first in the fourth inning. Kyle Schwarber had been thrown out at the plate after he got a bad read at second base, initially breaking back on a Sam Travis line drive to right field. But Travis was able to score from second base on a ball hit in the deep 6-hole. Garrett Hampson ranged over to glove the ball and fired to first, but Ino Patron inexplicably muffed the catch at first base.
Another miscue by Schwarber allowed the Dirtbags to even it up in the sixth inning. Richard Prigatano led off with a single to right field, but Schwarber allowed the ball to scoot by him and Prigatano sauntered into third. He scored one batter later when Patron lined a single to even it up.
LOS ANGELES — Joey DeNato was lights out Thursday afternoon at Page Stadium. The diminutive sophomore southpaw pitched a complete-game, three-hitter to help Indiana to a 3-1 victory over Loyola Marymount.
After allowing a pair of hits and needing a play at the plate to end the first inning, DeNato sat down 15 consecutive Lion batters. He allowed a walk and a double to lead off the seventh inning, but then got the final nine outs in succession.
After the game, I talked with DeNato and Hoosiers head coach Tracy Smith. Both talked about the importance of DeNato’s performance with Indiana playing eight games in eight days. DeNato, a San Diego native, talked about being able to see family and friends and staying at home during the Hoosiers’ West Coast road trip: Continue reading
Indiana head coach Tracy Smith continues his series of video interviews this week talking about the advantage of having the Mellencamp Pavilion, the success of Greg Heban on the gridiron and why this time of the year is crucial for baseball coaches across the country.
Indiana head baseball coach Tracy Smith checks in with his weekly video interview today with IU Media Relations. This week he talks about the new bats, fall practice and the start of the flag football season. You can see the full video below.
Indiana Media Relations continues their series of video interviews with the most recent one with head coach Tracy Smith. He talks about how the first week of conditioning has gone for the incoming freshmen and the returnees. He also discusses how the addition of Nebraska will help change the Big Ten conference. Finally, he talks about the Indiana football program and how a couple of the baseball players contributed to the Hoosiers victory last weekend over Towson. You can check out the full interview below.