Baseball update.

Before the season, IU, as noted in this interview with head coach Tracy Smith and in this preview from the excellent College Baseball Blog, was expected to contend for a Big Ten championship.  IU hasn't won the regular season Big Ten title since 1949 and hasn't reached the NCAA Tournament since its surprising Big Ten Tournament title in 1996.  Unfortunately, the Hoosiers, who begin the Big Ten season at the end of this week, have limped to a 7-13 start.  Star catcher Josh Phegley, a junior catcher who finished second in the NCAA with a .438 batting average last year, has been up to par.  Star junior pitcher Matt Bashore, all-Big Ten last year, has struggled to an 0-3 record and 7.23 ERA.  Bashore's underlying numbers seem pretty solid: in 27.1 innings, Bashore has 29 strikeouts and only 13 walks, and has allowed only one home run.  For whatever reason, and I haven't seem him pitch this year, he has given up 39 hits.  Perhaps it's just an unlucky streak and he and the Hoosier will right the ship during the Big Ten season. 

UPDATE:  Here's a nice IU baseball blog with lots more detail than I have provided. 

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