The Indiana Hoosier baseball team achieved the rare four-game sweep against the Canisius Golden Griffins this past weekend. Indiana controlled the series from the start as they outscored Canisius 51-14 throughout the weekend. The Hoosiers showed plenty of good signs that could carry throughout the season.
The first positive sign for the Hoosiers is that senior catcher, Ryan Fineman, finally got things going at the plate. His great performance actually led to him being named Big Ten player of the week. He is the second Hoosier thus far receiving this honor, as Matt Gorski did previously.
• 1.333 Slugging
• 2.000 OPS
• 3 HR
• 9 RBI
— Indiana Baseball ⚾️ (@IndianaBase) March 18, 2019
The numbers speak for themselves as Fineman has gotten off to an unusually slow start for him at the plate since he ended last season with a .284 batting average and 37 runs batted in. If Fineman can continue where he left off from this series, Indiana could be a scary good hitting team for future opponents as they have a plethora of players with power up and down the lineup.
The second biggest takeaway from the weekend sweep was the pitching by Andrew Saalfrank. He is a left-handed pitcher that came into the year as a bullpen guy but with the inconsistency from the day two and three starters, he has made his way into the starting rotation. Saalfrank is looking to be the Sunday starter for the Hoosiers and his numbers from this past Sunday were jaw-dropping. He finished with 14 strikeouts, two walks, five hits and allowing one run in seven innings pitched. If Saalfrank can pitch like this every Sunday, it will put the Hoosiers as one of the favorites in the Big Ten with three good and consistent pitchers.
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The final takeaway from the weekend is the defense not giving up as many errors. As the season goes on, you typically expect the defense to get better but for the Hoosiers thus far, that has yet to happen. The Hoosiers sit with 27 errors on the season, but they did not have any in the Sunday game and very seldom errors this series. Although the defense is getting slowly better, errors are also expected. If Indiana can keep the errors to lower numbers and come at less important times, the Hoosiers will not need to rely on their bats so heavily.
The Indiana Hoosiers travel to Terre Haute today, where they take on the 16-1 Indiana State Sycamores. First pitch slated for 4 PM EST.
— Indiana Baseball ⚾️ (@IndianaBase) March 19, 2019