Tracy Smith’s squad pulled off the program’s first Big Ten series win in two years and the first over rival Purdue in six years with a 13-1 win today at Sembower Field.
Hoosier catcher Josh Phegley, the conference’s leading hitter in 2008, belted a grand slam in the bottom half of the fifth as part of a six-run inning, his ninth homer of the year and 59th RBI’s. Third baseman David Trager collected a career high four RBI’s in the game, knocking in two with a single in the second and the others with a double in the fifth.
After a loss on Saturday, Indiana (21-25, 9-15) responded with a doubleheader sweep on Sunday that saw Phegley cap a come-from-behind win in the bottom of the seventh with a walkoff single that scored Evan Crawford from second. That came after Andrew Means had tied the game with his first homer of the season. In game two, a Kipp Schutz grannie highlighted an 11-run first that also included two-run jobs by Tyler Cox and Jerrud Sabourin, who also hit one on Monday.
Trager, one of four seniors on the team honored before the Sunday games, said he spent a lot of time in the batting cages before todayâ€™s game and noticed the effects immediately. “You canâ€™t ask for a better senior weekend to go out on,” he added.
The state of Minnesota weeps. Verdell Jones III, the point guard who was reported to have the Gophers as his “prohibitive favorite,” ended up picking Indiana.
Count me among the surprised. If I had more of an inkling that Jones might pick Indiana, I would have driven over to Champaign and experienced the whole thing for myself.
We could have more on this story as it develops.
Verdell Jones, a 6-4 point guard in the class of 2008 who hails from Champaign, will announce his college decision later this afternoon.
He’ll pick Minnesota, Kentucky or Indiana.
Former IU basketball recruit Bud Mackey has been jailed on contempt of court charges, according to a Lexington, Ky. TV station.
Originally arrested on cocaine trafficking charges last September, Mackey was playing basketball in Cincinnati, but is now in trouble for dropping out of school and moving back home without informing the court.
The former Kentucky Mr. Basketball candidate faces the possibility of up to 10 years on the drug charges. His trial starts on Aug. 25, Lexington’s Channel 18 news reported.
UPDATE 2:25 p.m.: It’s official now that Jerimy Finch has been given his release from Florida’s football program, according to the Gainesville Sun.
A report today on the newspaper’s Web site says that Finch is expected to transfer back to his home state to play at IU or Indiana State. It said that after playing safety and suffering a season-ending knee injury in the third game last season, Finch played outside linebacker this spring and struggled to learn defenses. He also had problems in the classroom this spring, the report said, and would not have been academically eligible to play for Florida this fall.
Sources close to the situation are saying the reports are correct that Florida safety Jerimy Finch is interested in transferring to Indiana. Finch hasn’t made that decision yet, but it appears he’s definitely considering it.
Finch visited IU’s football program and talked with members of the coaching staff Friday, according to a source.
The safety/linebacker from Warren Central, as you may recall, committed first to Michigan and then to Indiana before switching to Florida at the last minute. He would have been the biggest in-state recruit IU had landed in many years and his change of heart was a big disappointment to Terry Hoeppner and his staff.
Finch played in three games at safety for Florida last year as a true freshman before injuring a knee on an interception return. This spring, he played both safety and linebacker.
We will provide updates on this situation as it progresses.
Maurice Creek, a shooting guard form South Kent, Conn., has given a verbal commitment to play for Indiana, according to John Decker from HoosierNation.com.
Decker has not posted more details about his conversation with Creek yet.
Creek, though, was in a very similar situation to the other player Crean recruited into his 2009 class, forward Bobby Capobianco.
Both players had been offered by Marquette and then were unsure of whether Crean would continue to recruit them when he got to Indiana. But he did, and both have now decided to commit.
Creek is a 6-4 guard most noted for his scoring ability. He is considered the 17th best player at his position in his class, according to Scout.com.
According to Rivals.com, he is the No. 12 shooting guard in the class and No. 63 player overall.
I almost had to put an “OT” before the title of this blog because I feel like it is off topic.
We (Terry Hutchens of the Indy Star, Chris Engel of the Indiana Daily Student and the guy writing this) sat down to chat with D.J. White today (remember that guy?). We’d arranged this interview a while back, hoping to spend a relatively carefree afternoon finding out what D.J. thought about his future and how he planned to prepare for the NBA.
I think we were all a bit distracted because of the events of the day, but the conversation was good anyway. White could only smile and shake his head — as he has done so many time this year — when asked to reflect on his career at Indiana. Ultimately, he said, it was a learning experience.
White has signed with an agent, who is sending him to Phoenix to train with a former Phoenix Suns trainer. So on Saturday, the same day White will graduate with a general studies degree and minors in criminal justice and African American studies, he will pack his things up and get ready to leave his home for the last four years.
In late May he will attend the pre-draft camp in Orlando. He has already set up visitsÂ with individual teams (though he could not say with which teams) for the weeks following the camp and leading up to the June 26th draft in New York City.
He said he has been told he could be drafted anywhere from the mid-first round to the early second-round.
We’ll have more on this story later this weekend.