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Part 2 – Great Indiana players under Coach Mallory: Andy Graham sits down with Bill Mallory.
Amber Deane has committed to Indiana as a grad transfer for the 2016-17 season, according to a source.
This news comes only a couple hours after the completion of Deane’s visit to IU on Monday.
Deane played nine games for Dayton last season, her season cut short by a left leg injury. The 5-foot-9 guard averaged a team-best 15.3 points per game when healthy.
With Deane’s commitment, the Hoosiers have one scholarship remaining for ’16-17.
Indiana had former Dayton guard Amber Deane on campus Monday for a visit, according to multiple sources, with the Hoosiers looking at the 5-foot-9 guard as a possible graduate transfer for the 2016-17 season.
Deane played nine games for the Flyers in 2015-16, averaging a team-high 15.3 points per game. Her season was cut short in December by a left leg injury.
With the emergence of Deane, it appears there are now three players on the Hoosiers’ recruiting radar. IU is also currently being considered as a landing spot for two highly coveted and uncommitted high school seniors, Lindsey Corsaro (Indianapolis) and Kathleen Doyle (La Grange Park, Ill.).
The Hoosiers have two open scholarships with the early graduation of junior Lyndsay Leikem and the transfer of sophomore guard Jess Walter. Last month, IU head coach Teri Moren said she didn’t feel it was absolutely necessary to fill those slots this offseason, but she was open to adding a grad transfer, referencing the men’s basketball program’s addition of Michigan graduate Max Bielfeldt last season.
Deane had an extremely productive career as a Flyer. She started all but two games her first two seasons and was the Atlantic 10’s Rookie of the Year in 2013. Deane went on to score 1,194 points and hit 48.6 percent of her shots in 104 games. In her final three seasons, she converted better than 80 percent of her free throws. (more…)
Middle Blocker Jazzmine McDonald talks about volunteering at the Meadowood Retirement Community.
While eight of Indiana’s nine seniors and their families gathered in a semicircle behind home plate for Sunday’s pregame Senior Day ceremony, the ninth toed the rubber in the bullpen, tuning out the plaudits and the cheers.
The catcher’s mitt and the opportunity before him were Evan Bell’s only concerns before the game, which stood as another precious opportunity for the tall right-hander to shut the door on another successful weekend for Indiana.
Bell’s parents, Marvin and Susan, represented him near home plate during the festivities, holding his framed No. 8 Indiana jersey while an announced crowd of 2,519 applauded his four-year college career. Out in the left field the bullpen, Bell kept throwing, laying the foundation for his most important start of the season.
Bell went the distance in IU’s 4-1 win over Illinois at Bart Kaufman Field, allowing only three hits and authoring an impressive complete-game performance that keeps the Hoosiers within striking distance of the Big Ten regular season title.
Minnesota also claimed a victory over Purdue on Sunday, allowing the Gophers to hold a half-game lead over the Hoosiers for first place atop the conference table. But Indiana (31-18, 15-6) is comfortable with its standing entering the final week of the regular season. The Hoosiers have now posted six consecutive series victories and position themselves nicely for next weekend’s final trip to Nebraska.
Perhaps for the first time this season, IU can boast of a more complete three-man weekend rotation. Kyle Hart remains the Friday night pillar and Caleb Baragar presents a steady Saturday presence. But it’s Bell’s recent emergence as a consistent series-ending option that makes the Hoosiers a threat to go down to the wire with — at the very least — a puncher’s chance. (more…)
Caleb Baragar needed this.
It had been a month since the left-hander last looked the part as one of the Big Ten’s better arms. Betrayed by his off-speed pitches, his feel and command, the last four weeks have functioned as an exercise in baseball problem solving.
But the Baragar of old returned on a windy and chilly Saturday afternoon at Bart Kaufman Field, where an announced crowd of 2,398 watched the senior deal the Hoosiers an important 3-1 win over Illinois and even the weekend series at a game apiece.
The victory keeps Indiana (30-18, 14-6) a half-game out of first place in the Big Ten standings after Minnesota charged from behind to beat Purdue in West Lafayette. From a big-picture perspective, this was certainly a response IU needed after it settled for an extra-inning loss despite Kyle Hart’s outstanding start in the series opener. Less than a day later, Baragar matched Hart’s will, while rediscovering his own set of complementary pitches to earn his first win since April 16.
“I just had some rough outings and I hadn’t been able to really find my off-speed stuff,” Baragar said. “I just wasn’t really trusting it as much. I worked on it a lot in the bullpen — like, a lot. I think I threw it more than I threw my fastball. It was just kind of getting comfortable with it and knowing that I have another pitch to throw for a strike. I threw a few good changeups today, too, which really helped me in some big situations.” (more…)
IU Pitcher Kyle Hart’s night against Illinois in two minutes
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