Big Ten Baseball: Nebraska at Indiana In Pivotal Series

These are the Big Ten baseball standings going in this weekend's series with Indiana:

Big Ten

Overall

Team

Record

Pct.

Record

Pct.

1. Purdue

14-4

.778

34-7

.829

2. Indiana

9-6

.600

22-23

.489

3. Michigan State

9-7

.562

28-15

.651

Minnesota

9-7

.562

27-21

.562

Penn State

9-7

.562

23-22

.511

6. Nebraska

8-7

.533

28-16

.636

7. Illinois

8-8

.500

25-20

.556

8. Ohio State

8-10

.444

24-20

.545

9. Iowa

6-10

.375

18-23

.439

10. Michigan

5-11

.312

18-23

.439

11. Northwestern

5-13

.278

16-26

.381

Granted, they're a little skewed because they include the result of yesterday's games, but they do illustrate a point - Nebraska has the possibility of not making the Big Ten tournament this season should they falter in these last few series. After the road trip to Indiana, Nebraska returns home to face Minnesota, then finishes the season at Michigan.

Nebraska (28-16, 8-7 Big Ten) vs. Indiana (22-23, 9-6 Big Ten)

Saturday - Noon

Kyle Kubat, Fr., LHP (2-0) vs. Joey DeNato, Sr., LHP (7-1)

Sunday - 11:00 AM - Televised on BTN, Streamed on BTN2GO.COM

Brandon Pierce, So., RHP (5-2) vs. Kyle Hart, Fr., LHP (3-4)

Monday - Noon

Zach Hirsch, So., LHP (4-3) vs. Chad Martin, Sr., RHP (0-3)

This weekend, the Huskers travel to Indiana, a team that was not picked among the top six pre-season favorites. Indiana is last in team pitching with a 4.85 ERA, and last in team fielding with a .948 fielding percentage that includes 93 errors.

93 ERRORS! That's more than double Nebraska's error total, which is 43, and 27 more than the second to last team in errors, Michigan.

The Hoosiers don't have a great batter amongst the top 15 in the conference and they have one pitcher, Joey DeNato, amongst the top in the league.

So how the heck does Indiana keep winning?

Well, I'll tell you. I don't know, but I'll try.

Let's start with DeNato. He comes into this series with a 2.15 ERA and has allowed one run or less in seven of his 11 starts. He is 7-1 in wins and losses so far. Next up, Kyle Hart. He's 3-4 on the season with a 3.34 ERA. Teams are hitting nearly .300 against him, but in the last 10 games his ERA is 1.80 (DeNato over the same period is .63).

In other bad news, Indiana's Micah Johnson returns to the lineup this weekend after having elbow surgery in March. Johnson was a 2012 pre-season All-American, being selected to Baseball America's third team.

Tell you what - I don't like this series, not one damned bit. It's on the road against a hot team (Indiana has a four game win streak and has won six of their last eight). The Huskers have an issue with consistency and have yet to find a stable starting pitching rotation.

And since everyone else is mentioning it, these teams haven't met since 1906.

Nebraska Offensive Statistics

Player AVG GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SLG% BB HBP SO GDP OB% SF SH SB-ATT PO A E FLD%
4 Pritchard, Michae 0.376 43-39 157 38 59 8 0 0 17 67 0.427 15 2 9 5 0.437 0 2 4-7 38 2 1 0.976
39 Stock, Richard... 0.37 39-35 154 28 57 15 2 2 32 82 0.532 6 3 14 4 0.402 1 0 1-1 269 19 1 0.997
20 Scheffert, Josh.. 0.358 36-30 123 25 44 10 0 7 34 75 0.61 10 0 15 3 0.406 0 0 1-1 117 60 4 0.978
41 Darby, Austin.... 0.337 29-23 92 17 31 7 0 1 8 41 0.446 12 0 18 3 0.41 1 5 6-6 48 1 1 0.98
9 Kelly, Pat....... 0.327 31-27 101 20 33 5 2 4 22 54 0.535 5 3 15 2 0.373 1 2 3-3 43 74 6 0.951
22 Headley, Blake... 0.326 21-8 43 6 14 0 0 0 6 14 0.326 5 1 8 1 0.408 0 0 1-4 11 25 2 0.947
2 Christensen, Chad 0.316 43-43 174 38 55 8 2 6 38 85 0.489 16 3 29 2 0.383 0 3 6-7 85 117 10 0.953
11 Sanguinetti, Rich 0.309 41-40 162 32 50 8 2 2 35 68 0.42 13 2 28 1 0.361 3 11 6-10 107 2 1 0.991
3 Kalkowski, Kash.. 0.306 36-32 134 19 41 3 0 4 27 56 0.418 4 6 10 2 0.354 0 1 6-7 109 7 1 0.991
14 Kiser, Kale...... 0.265 41-34 113 30 30 6 0 5 30 51 0.451 29 13 11 0 0.453 4 3 4-5 66 3 3 0.958
13 Burleson, Cory... 0.253 32-30 99 19 25 4 0 1 16 32 0.323 7 7 25 1 0.345 0 4 2-2 143 33 1 0.994
10 Farmer, Kurt..... 0.25 24-19 68 15 17 1 1 2 10 26 0.382 11 2 10 3 0.366 1 1 2-3 9 48 7 0.891
7 Peters, Bryan.... 0.237 27-23 76 17 18 3 1 0 11 23 0.303 7 7 10 1 0.352 1 1 2-4 52 81 2 0.985
40 Stucky, Sam...... 0.179 12-8 28 7 5 1 0 0 1 6 0.214 4 2 11 2 0.314 1 2 0-0 49 8 0 1
46 Kildow, T........ 0.15 18-5 20 7 3 0 0 0 0 3 0.15 4 0 7 0 0.292 0 0 2-2 20 0 0 1
Totals.............. 0.312 44-44 1544 318 482 79 10 34 287 683 0.442 148 51 220 30 0.388 13 35 46-62 1188 545 43 0.976
Opponents........... 0.283 44-44 1542 216 437 61 9 21 204 579 0.375 157 42 239 27 0.363 11 26 17-40 1146 525 65 0.963

Nebraska Pitching Statistics

Player ERA W-L APP GS CG SHO/CBO SV IP H R ER BB SO 2B 3B HR AB B/Avg WP HBP BK SFA SHA
37 Hander, Ryan..... 1.17 2-0 11 1 0 0/2 0 15.1 9 2 2 4 12 1 0 0 53 0.17 0 1 0 0 0
26 Vogt, Dylan...... 1.4 2-1 20 0 0 0/0 0 38.2 32 9 6 10 24 3 0 0 138 0.232 1 3 0 2 4
31 Kubat, Kyle...... 2.45 2-0 11 4 0 0/0 0 29.1 33 8 8 13 15 6 1 0 110 0.3 0 2 0 0 3
18 Bummer, Aaron.... 2.45 1-0 16 0 0 0/2 0 14.2 10 5 4 9 17 0 0 0 53 0.189 1 3 0 1 0
55 Huber, Travis.... 2.75 1-2 18 0 0 0/1 7 19.2 23 9 6 10 17 3 0 0 81 0.284 1 0 0 0 0
44 Pierce, Brandon.. 3.78 5-2 20 5 0 0/0 1 47.2 48 26 20 29 29 7 1 2 185 0.259 4 2 0 1 3
30 Lemke, Tom....... 4.1 3-3 9 7 0 0/0 0 37.1 49 20 17 8 14 8 0 1 156 0.314 0 4 0 1 1
23 Keller, Jon...... 4.68 4-1 12 10 0 0/1 0 50 60 36 26 24 29 6 2 2 201 0.299 2 9 1 1 2
27 Hirsch, Zach..... 5.1 4-3 11 11 0 0/0 0 54.2 68 31 31 13 30 12 1 6 214 0.318 0 3 0 1 6
50 Spitsnogle, Dexte 5.19 0-0 5 2 0 0/0 0 8.2 9 5 5 1 4 1 0 3 34 0.265 0 2 0 0 0
21 Niederklein, Tyle 6.12 2-2 14 2 0 0/1 1 32.1 37 22 22 10 13 4 3 4 124 0.298 2 4 1 1 3
19 Bublitz, Luke.... 6.16 1-1 16 0 0 0/0 1 19 25 14 13 4 16 4 0 2 76 0.329 2 4 0 2 2
32 King, Tyler...... 6.33 1-1 22 2 0 0/1 0 21.1 18 21 15 17 15 2 1 1 81 0.222 5 4 0 1 2
36 Stovall, Jeff.... 9.82 0-0 8 0 0 0/0 0 7.1 16 8 8 5 4 4 0 0 36 0.444 2 1 0 0 0
Totals.............. 4.11 28-16 44 44 0 2/2 10 396 437 216 181 157 239 61 9 21 1542 0.283 20 42 2 11 26
Opponents........... 6.6 16-28 44 44 2 1/1 6 382 482 318 280 148 220 79 10 34 1544 0.312 25 51 3 13 35

Indiana Offensive Statistics

Player AVG GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SLG% BB HBP SO GDP OB% SF SH SB-ATT PO A E FLD%
6 Travis, Sam...... 0.326 45-45 175 28 57 13 0 7 40 91 0.52 22 3 29 3 0.404 3 0 3-4 237 42 11 0.962
10 Schwarber, Kyle.. 0.302 45-45 172 39 52 13 5 8 41 99 0.576 23 4 19 3 0.393 2 0 7-10 269 54 9 0.973
26 Dooney, Dillon... 0.3 32-26 90 12 27 5 1 2 13 40 0.444 13 4 15 0 0.407 1 7 1-2 4 5 1 0.9
7 Basil, Michael... 0.291 45-43 165 26 48 9 1 3 23 68 0.412 14 5 29 2 0.364 0 4 3-6 116 122 18 0.93
4 Sujka, Chris..... 0.271 42-39 129 20 35 6 0 4 32 53 0.411 15 4 44 0 0.362 1 10 4-6 61 3 6 0.914
16 DeMuth, Dustin... 0.266 45-45 173 21 46 8 2 0 12 58 0.335 7 10 39 3 0.332 0 3 6-13 73 105 13 0.932
22 Cureton, Justin.. 0.251 45-45 171 33 43 6 3 3 20 64 0.374 19 9 39 1 0.355 1 2 19-21 143 2 4 0.973
1 Clark, Chad...... 0.24 37-35 125 20 30 8 0 3 15 47 0.376 13 5 14 5 0.333 1 3 3-5 53 62 11 0.913
18 Knoblauch, Trace. 0.234 33-19 77 11 18 3 0 1 11 24 0.312 7 4 18 1 0.33 0 2 1-1 93 10 0 1
11 Nolden, Will..... 0.214 36-28 98 17 21 3 1 0 10 26 0.265 7 2 19 2 0.278 1 3 5-7 48 2 1 0.98
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35 Montana, J Rhet.. 0.273 9-0 11 1 3 0 0 0 0 3 0.273 0 0 1 0 0.273 0 0 0-0 13 1 0 1
9 McEnery, Collin.. 0.237 20-9 38 8 9 1 1 0 3 12 0.316 7 0 7 0 0.356 0 0 2-2 7 1 2 0.8
36 O'Conner, Tim.... 0.234 33-16 64 10 15 3 0 0 5 18 0.281 5 0 13 3 0.282 2 3 3-5 43 2 0 1
38 Alfonso, Ricky... 0.182 10-1 11 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 0.182 2 1 2 0 0.357 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
3 Johnson, Micah... 0.143 9-5 21 6 3 1 1 1 2 9 0.429 2 0 7 0 0.217 0 0 1-2 0 0 0 0
42 Sader, Danny..... 0.087 15-3 23 2 2 0 0 0 2 2 0.087 3 0 5 1 0.192 0 0 0-0 27 5 2 0.941
23 DeNato, Joey..... 0 3-1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0.333 0 0 0-0 8 14 1 0.957
34 Halstead, Ryan... 0 1-0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 2 3 0.4
40 Harrison, Luke... 0 1-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 1 3 1 0.8
Totals.............. 0.266 45-45 1548 254 411 79 15 32 229 616 0.398 160 52 301 24 0.352 12 37 58-84 1208 488 93 0.948
Opponents........... 0.293 45-45 1615 287 474 67 6 26 242 631 0.391 172 39 305 36 0.372 14 30 45-77 1230 514 49 0.973

Indiana Pitching Statistics

Player ERA W-L APP GS CG SHO/CBO SV IP H R ER BB SO 2B 3B HR AB B/Avg WP HBP BK SFA SHA
23 DeNato, Joey..... 2.15 7-1 11 11 1 0/0 0 71 61 21 17 20 61 12 0 1 258 0.236 4 2 0 2 2
14 Hart, Kyle....... 3.34 3-4 11 11 1 1/0 0 62 74 30 23 19 37 8 1 3 248 0.298 5 4 1 1 7
15 Hoffman, Jonny... 3.34 4-1 18 0 0 0/0 3 35 32 17 13 12 26 2 1 2 130 0.246 3 4 0 1 2
19 Dearden, Matt.... 5.08 1-6 20 2 0 0/0 3 33.2 41 21 19 10 28 8 1 0 133 0.308 9 5 0 2 3
34 Halstead, Ryan... 5.61 3-2 17 2 0 0/0 1 33.2 37 23 21 11 20 3 0 4 137 0.27 3 4 1 0 3
40 Harrison, Luke... 5.68 0-0 11 4 0 0/0 0 25.1 36 23 16 10 21 4 1 1 112 0.321 9 2 0 1 1
37 Martin, Chad..... 5.9 0-3 15 5 0 0/0 0 39.2 56 33 26 21 31 10 0 5 160 0.35 6 2 0 3 1
24 Leininger, Drew.. 8.1 2-2 13 5 0 0/0 0 33.1 53 45 30 13 23 6 0 3 150 0.353 5 4 0 2 7
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9 McEnery, Collin.. 2.89 1-0 7 3 0 0/0 0 9.1 5 5 3 8 9 1 0 0 31 0.161 1 2 0 0 2
25 Stadler, Walker.. 4.15 1-0 10 1 0 0/0 0 17.1 20 12 8 12 15 4 0 4 71 0.282 8 2 1 0 0
33 Brown, Hunter.... 5.4 0-0 2 0 0 0/0 0 5 6 5 3 2 3 1 0 0 20 0.3 0 0 1 1 0
12 Reznicek, Reed... 5.79 0-0 4 0 0 0/0 0 4.2 6 6 3 7 6 0 0 0 21 0.286 2 0 1 0 0
31 Slegers, Aaron... 6.14 0-1 5 0 0 0/0 1 7.1 9 7 5 4 5 2 0 0 33 0.273 1 1 0 0 0
17 Sapp, Spencer.... 8.44 0-0 6 0 0 0/0 0 5.1 7 6 5 2 2 1 0 2 23 0.304 0 2 0 1 0
27 Korte, Brian..... 9 0-3 13 1 0 0/0 0 18 26 24 18 18 17 4 1 1 78 0.333 3 1 1 0 2
1 Clark, Chad...... 27 0-0 1 0 0 0/0 0 1 2 3 3 2 0 1 0 0 4 0.5 1 1 0 0 0
8 Kartman, Eric.... 36 0-0 1 0 0 0/0 0 1 3 6 4 1 1 0 1 0 6 0.5 3 3 0 0 0
Totals.............. 4.85 22-23 45 45 2 1/0 8 402.2 474 287 217 172 305 67 6 26 1615 0.293 63 39 6 14 30
Opponents........... 4.72 23-22 45 45 2 4/4 7 410 411 254 215 160 301 79 15 32 1548 0.266 46 52 6 12 37
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