Monday, March 10, 2008

Hoosiers Grab Plenty of Awards & Honors

The only awards and honors that truly matter (those bestowed upon players by Defend The Rock) have yet to be released, but in the meantime plenty of other awards and honors have been handed out to a bunch of IU Basketball players.

Rivals.Com Big 10 Awards:
D.J. White - 1st Team, Player of the Year
Eric Gordon - 1st Team, Freshmen Team, Freshmen of the Year
Jamarcus Ellis - 2nd Team 

Sports Illustrated All-Americans:
D.J. White - 2nd Team
Eric Gordon -  2nd Team

Official Big 10 Conference Awards:
D.J. White - Big 10 Player of the Year (Coaches), Top Performer (Media), 1st Team All Big 10
Eric Gordon - Big 10 Freshmen of the Year (Coaches & Media), 1st Team All Big 10 
Armon Bassett - 3rd Team All Big 10
Jamarcus Ellis - Honorable Mention (media)
Adam Ahlfeld - Hoosier recipient of League Sportsmanship Award

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Sunday, March 9, 2008

The Sunday Wrap

I wanted to wait for the Hoosier baseball squad to get a few games out of the way before reporting on them, and with eight under their belt, it seems like now is a good time to start.

The Hoosiers are currently sitting on a record of 3-5 with plenty of baseball left before conference play begins. Starting off season with three away games against LSU was obviously not the best way for the season to begin, but we managed to take the last game of the series, 7-6 with help from Defend The Rock favorites Evan Crawford (3 hits), and Kyle Leiendecker (3IP, 0ER, 3 K's)

Player Highlights:

So far former Indiana Mr. Baseball Josh Phegley is showing off all the tools and skills he was touted as having, but which he kept hidden during his Freshmen season. The Sophomore is hitting at an INSANE .485/.526/.697 (AVG/OBP/SLG) clip with 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, and 9 RBI.

Andrew Means continues to put up great numbers, after a solid season last year, with a combined line of .366/.381/.463, while being 3 for 3 in stolen base attempts. It seems like nobody has been able to keep this guy off the basepaths in years.

Evan Crawford is scuffling a bit so far this season, only getting on base in a third of his at bats, thus decreasing his SB opportunities, the 7 strike outs to 0 walks isn't helping things.

After a good Freshmen season, Matt Bashore has looked incredible in his 17IP, sporting a nifty 2.08 ERA, while having a K:BB ratio of 5:2 while holding opposing batters to a .188 AVG, all leading to a solid 1.22WHIP.

Leftly Kyle Leiendecker is being thrown into the fire as a Freshmen in relief and aside from his showing against LSU, he has mostly been burned. In 9IP he has a 9.00ERA, with a .344 BA Against. I believe these stats will normalize as they are looking pretty flukey when taken in context with his good control (4:1 K:BB ratio), he has mostly been hurt by the long ball.

That concludes The Sunday Wrap!
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