After losing a lot of pitching talent from last year's squad, the Hoosiers are getting a little help early with the additions of an IU football player and an early high school graduate.
Matt Ernest, an IU receiver, will join the team after being pursued by the IU baseball coaching staff out of high school, showing interest in becoming a two-sport athlete this year, and throwing in the 90s in the fall. Ernest brings athleticism and a lot of potential to the mound.
Casey Smith, Coach Tracy Smith's son, will also add depth to the pitching staff after having a successful career at Bloomington North High School (3 sectional titles). Smith garnered interest from other Division I shools, but ultimately chose to play for the Hoosiers and graduate a semester early to provide an immediate help to the IU pitching staff.
Let's hope that both Matt and Casey can provide quality innings for the Hoosiers this year because we could surely use the arms.