Butler Bulldogs (22-13, 2-4 Big East) at Indiana Hoosiers (19-14-2, 6-5-1 Big Ten)
Bart Kaufman Field, Bloomington, Indiana
Wednesday, April 19, 6:05 p.m. ET
Butler - RHP Sam Hubbe (0-0, 6.00 ERA) at IU - LHP Cameron Beauchamp (1-1, 2.63 ERA)
April 19 is the second annual IU Day, a day in which Hoosiers from around the world celebrate all things associated with IU. On April 19, IU has only two scheduled varsity matches against two significant opponents. Softball squares off against a ranked rival Kentucky squad at Andy Mohr Field, while the baseball team faces off next door at the Bart against the Butler Bulldogs.
Indiana is coming off of a bizarre, but good, series against Minnesota. With a blowout loss on Friday, followed by a 25-run shootout on Saturday to even the series, and finally a solid Sunday outing that saw the Hoosiers win 4-0, it’s hard to predict what IU will do next.
Butler on the other hand, isn’t having the same sort of success right now. Butler has lost four games in a row coming into Wednesday after getting swept against St. John’s over the weekend and losing to Eastern Illinois on Tuesday. However, the Bulldogs were able to go to extra innings twice against the 13th-ranked Red Storm.
What to Expect
I would look for IU to win because of the fact that today is IU Day. That might sound ridiculous, but I will offer some stats to back it up as well.
Indiana has been batting with some real power lately. The man at the forefront of all of this is OF Logan Sowers. Sowers has gone 22-64 since March 24th, batting at a .344 average with three home runs (which includes a HR from Sunday), and 16 RBI’s.
Finally, freshman Cameron Beauchamp will be getting the start for the Hoosiers. Although Beauchamp hasn’t pitched beyond 2.1 innings in a game for IU, perhaps this start could be the boost that IU’s pitching needs to propel them for the rest of the season.