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IUWBB: Assistant Curtis Loyd leaving IU staff

Assistant Curtis Loyd is leaving Indiana’s coaching staff, according to head coach Teri Moren.

“We appreciate the contributions Curtis made to our program over the last two seasons,” Moren said in a statement. “Curtis is currently exploring other coaching opportunities and we wish him and his family well.”

Loyd joined IU’s coaching staff in May 2014, hired by former head coach Curt Miller off of Minnesota’s staff. Miller abruptly resigned in July 2014, and Loyd was appointed interim head coach. Loyd was kept as an assistant by Teri Moren when she arrived in August 2014..

Loyd is from Dallas, and his Texas connections were a big reason why the Hoosiers were able to land 2016 recruits Ria Gulley (San Antonio, Tex.) and Bre Wickware (Corinth, Tex.). While at Minnesota, Loyd helped recruit  All-Big Ten players Rachel Banham and Amanda Zahui B.

This is the second assistant coach to leave IU this offseason. Todd Starkey, who came to IU in 2014 from Division II Lenoir Rhyne, took the head coaching job at Kent State in April. Moren tabbed former Wisconsin guard and IUPUI assistant Janese Banks to fill the vacancy.

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VIDEO: Daniel Kuhn on earning second team All-Big Ten honors


Daniel Kuhn earned second team All-Big Ten honors with his runner-up finish in the 800m at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships. The NCAA East Regional gets underway on Thursday

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Back-to-back shutouts send Hoosiers sputtering into postseason #iubase

This isn’t the way Indiana wanted to enter the conference tournament — not with an offense suddenly sputtering in the absence of clutch and timely hitting.

Nebraska dealt IU a 3-0 loss in Saturday’s regular season finale at Haymarket Park, sending the Hoosiers into next week’s Big Ten Tournament as the No. 3 seed. That means Indiana is due to meet No. 6 seed Maryland in the tournament’s opening game Wednesday at 10 a.m. Eastern at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb.

By that point, the Hoosiers hope their rotten weekend will have been confined to Lincoln.

Otherwise, Indiana could quickly find themselves on the wrong end of the bracket. The Hoosiers haven’t scored since Craig Dedelow’s solo home run to lead off the ninth inning of Thursday’s series opener. They managed six hits on Saturday, finishing the weekend with only 12 total. Of that dozen, 11 were singles. (more…)

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IU’s title hopes muted in 2-0 loss at Nebraska

Indiana’s pursuit of the Big Ten regular season title ended on Friday night.

The Hoosiers’ bats remained cold in a 2-0 loss at Nebraska that eliminated IU from the conference championship race. With one game remaining in the regular season, Indiana is now a game and a half behind Minnesota, which clinched its first league title since 2010 along with the top seed in next week’s Big Ten Tournament.

For now, Indiana (31-21, 15-8) and Nebraska (36-18, 15-8) are tied for second and playing for seeding in the conference tournament, which begins Wednesday at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb. Winning the Big Ten tournament remains Indiana’s only avenue to a program-record fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament berth, and a victory over the Cornhuskers on Saturday at 2:02 p.m. would allow IU to clinch the second seed.

To get it, the Hoosiers will need more production from their offense. Nebraska has now out-hit Indiana 15-6 through the first two games of the series after IU collected only three hits for the second night in a row. Indiana put the leadoff man on base in the second, fifth and ninth innings, but couldn’t cash in on the way to the team’s third consecutive loss. Ryan Fineman, Luke Miller and Craig Dedelow each picked up singles for the Hoosiers, who struggled against Nebraska’s Matt Waldron. (more…)

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VIDEO: Goldman Inducted to National Wrestling Hall of Fame


The Colorado Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame inducted Indiana head coach Duane Goldman on May 7.

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VIDEO: Brougher named Big Ten Rowing Athlete of the Year


Head Coach Steve Peterson talks about why he nominated Rebecca Brougher for the Big Ten Rowing Athlete of the Year. Brougher, who graduated in May and helped lead the Hoosiers back to the NCAA Rowing Championships, is getting married this summer.

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Huskers hold off Hoosiers, 4-1 #iubase

Scott Schreiber’s three-run homer off Kyle Hart in the bottom of the sixth was all Nebraska needed in a 4-1 win over Indiana in Thursday’s series opener at Haymarket Park.

It was a missed opportunity for the Hoosiers, who had a chance to jump back into first place after Ohio State slipped past first-place Minnesota. Instead, Indiana remains a half-game behind the Gophers with two games to play.

Hart gave the Hoosiers (31-20, 15-7) another quality start, but suffered his second straight loss. The senior left-hander scattered six hits over six innings, allowing only the three-run slam to Schreiber. Right fielder Logan Sowers appeared to have a read on Schreiber’s blast, but watched the ball carry just beyond his glove as he bumped into the wall.

Hart, who retired nine in a row between the first and fourth innings, struck out five and walked none.

The Hoosiers didn’t pick up their first hit until Alex Krupa’s two-out single in the top of the sixth. Brian Wilhite also singled for Indiana, which picked up its lone run on a solo shot by Craig Dedelow in the top of the ninth.

By that point, it was too late to chip away. Nebraska (35-18, 14-8) capped its scoring with an insurance run on an RBI groundout by Taylor Fish in the eighth.

Despite another strong start by Hart, who also took a no-decision after an eight-inning performance against Illinois last week, the Hoosiers struggled to solve Nebraska starter Derek Burkamper. The right-hander allowed only the singles to Krupa and Wilhite across 7 1/3 innings, walking two and striking out three.

Schreiber’s home run was his Big Ten-leading 16th of the season. The sophomore has been on a tear recently, and during his past three games, he’s batting 11-for-14 (.786) with five home runs, 11 RBIs and seven runs scored.

The teams meet again Friday at 7:35 p.m. Caleb Baragar gets the start for Indiana against Nebraska’s Matt Waldron, the Big Ten’s reigning pitcher of the week honoree.

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