Hoosier Baseball set for high-powered season

Posted: February 20, 2011 by drunkonsports in Uncategorized

Tracy Smith

Following a 15-5 loss at the Big Ten Tournament to rival Purdue, Manager Tracy Smith and his squad finished with a record of 28-27 in 2010, the team’s third consecutive winning season. However, this wasn’t enough for Smith’s high-powered offensive team led by Big Ten Triple Crown winner Alex Dickerson. This team has the talent to win championships and 2011 may be the best shot yet to accomplish those lofty goals with thirteen players returning.

Other key standouts include sophomore Micah Johnson, a Freshman All-American in 2010, who will be the everyday starter at second base this season moving from the corner spot at third, and first basemen Jerrud Sabourin who brings consistent power hitting at the third spot in the lineup.

Fans should be excited to watch this team play this season as the offensive statistics will be unmatchable by any team in the Big Ten as they were last year. This however brings up an obvious question that Tracy Smith will have to answer as the season begins, how effective will the pitching staff be?

Alex Dickerson

The team’s ace Drew Leininger was the most effective in 2010 posting a 9-3 record and a couple key victories late in the season and will be returning to better an already impressive record. Next in line will be freshman Joey DeNato, a highly touted prospect from Torrey Pines, San Diego. Tracy Smith seems to be high on DeNato but as is common with freshman this season may be a learning experience. One thing is for sure, it will be tough to replace Chris Squires, a relief picture who last season was a strikeout machine for the Hoosiers and was able to save the team in many of inconsistent pitching performances by the starting staff.

Here is a list of things to watch this season:

  • Alex Dickerson. Can he match or even exceed his unforgettable 2010 season?
  • Johnson and Sabourin. They consistently need to get on base in front of Dickerson.
  • Pitching. Leininger and DeNato, can they limit opponents to <5 runs to keep up with the Hoosier offense?
  • Tracy Smith. Has to push team  daily to not settle for losses. The talent is evident, but they need results.

-Joshua Bowles

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