Saturday, May 16, 2009

Big Ten Tournament

The Big Ten Tournament kicks off for IU on Wednesday with a first round match-up against rival Purdue. After taking 2 of 3 in the final weekend of the regular season, the Hoosiers locked up the conference's #3 seed. NCAA Tournament bids will be on the line at Huntington Park in Columbus later this week, and IU probably needs to win the whole thing in order to be included among the NCAA's field of 64. Although the Hoosiers dropped 2 of 3 at Purdue three weekends ago, the lone win came with Arnett on the mound. Let's hope IU puts it all together in Columbus and takes home the hardware on Saturday.

I'll be back with a more in-depth preview of the Purdue game later this evening or tomorrow, but until then I will leave you with some stats for the upcoming match-ups. Go Hoosiers!

**All games will be televised on the Big Ten Network**

Game 1 - Wednesday 3:35 p.m. ET
Indiana vs. Purdue
Projected Starters: IU - Eric Arnett , PU - Matt Bischoff (5.38 ERA)

Bischoff - 6 IP, 10 hits, 7 ERs, 2 BBs, 6 Ks vs. IU this season
Arnett - 9 IP, 10 hits, 6 ERs, 4 BBs, 9 Ks vs. Purdue this season

If we win Game 1, Game 2 - Thursday 3:35 p.m. ET
Indiana vs. Minnesota
Projected Starters: IU - Matt Bashore, UM - Tom Buske (2.95 ERA) or Chauncy Handran (3.81 ERA)

Buske - 6.1 IP, 5 hits, 3 runs (2 earned), 2 BBs, 6 Ks vs. IU this season
Handran - 8 IP, 6 hits, 2 ERs, 1 BB, 4 Ks vs. IU this season

Bashore - Did not face Minnesota in regular season

If we lose Game 1, Game 2 - Thursday 12:05 p.m. ET
Indiana vs. Illinois/Michigan State
Projected Starters: IU - Matt Bashore, UI - Will Strack (3.48 ERA) or Ben Reeser (2.92 ERA)/MSU - A.J. Achter (3.48 ERA) or Tony
Bucciferro (3.15 ERA)

Strack - 3 IP, 2 hits, 1 ERs, 1 BB, 1 K (in relief) vs. IU this season
Reeser - 9 IP, 9 hits, 1 ERs, 2 BBs, 8 Ks vs. IU this season

Achter - 6 IP, 6 hits, 3 ERs, 4 BBs, 1 K vs. IU this season
Bucciferro - 7.1 IP, 6 hits, 3 ERs, 0 BBs, 9 Ks vs. IU this season

Bashore - 8 IP, 3 hits, 0 ERs, 1 BB, 10 Ks vs. Michigan St. this season
Bashore - 7 IP, 5 hits, 3 ERs, 2 BBs, 7 Ks vs. Illinois this season


  1. I want revenge on Purdue!

  2. Me too George! For taking 2 of 3 from us this year and knocking us out of the tourney last year. Plus, a first rd win puts Bashore against Minnesota and he hasn't pitched against them yet this year so that should be an advantage.

  3. Are any of you guys going to coming to Columbus for the tourny? I will be there all week and i can't wait.

  4. I'll probably go if we make it to the Friday, but I'll probably have to tivo the first two games. Maybe we will play OSU on Friday!

  5. Ill be watchin on BTN. Purdue probably hit Arnett the best of any team this year and have been hot as of late so it could shake up to be a good one. i want a blowout though bc I hate Purdont!