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IU Rutgers Baseball: BIG TEN CHAMPIONS

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Simply.

Awesome.

 

I know the start to the season was rough, but I was so glad we had a guy like Mercer leading this team so I was not worried about the team in the long run.  Not going to say I expected a Big Ten Title, but I was certain we'd be right in the mix.

 

We've seen some really good Indiana teams over the last 8-10 years.  It's nice to see this program bring home a Big Ten Title.  Well done, boys!

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Just now, Fkfootball1 said:

 


Doesn’t matter. I came around on him. I never liked Lemonis though.


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It does matter. Its annoying to the rest of us. Lemo was a solid coach and a great person. It'd be silly to think otherwise. 

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Mercer walked into a nice roster but IU was only projected 4th pre season. To win the big 10 in his first year is impressive. To me, he’s got to be Big 10 COY no matter what they do in BTT. They better give their strength / conditioning guy a raise. The strength and power this team has is something. Mercer has a very nice looking group of recruits coming next year. They will lose a bunch of talent but should reload quick. The development of these players has been something to watch this year.


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This is 3 in the last 7 years, isn't it?

 

Out of curiosity, I took a glance at how our former coaches are doing. I know Tracy Smith was under a lot of pressure at Arizona State, and many were shocked he wasn't fired after last season. He must have figured something out, as they're currently 36-14. Chris Lemonis has Mississippi State at 45-11.

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3 minutes ago, TheWatShot said:

This is 3 in the last 7 years, isn't it?

 

Out of curiosity, I took a glance at how our former coaches are doing. I know Tracy Smith was under a lot of pressure at Arizona State, and many were shocked he wasn't fired after last season. He must have figured something out, as they're currently 36-14. Chris Lemonis has Mississippi State at 45-11.

Smith I think finally broke thru. Lemonis might be riding the player development of his predecessor 

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Mercer walked into a nice roster but IU was only projected 4th pre season. To win the big 10 in his first year is impressive. To me, he’s got to be Big 10 COY no matter what they do in BTT. They better give their strength / conditioning guy a raise. The strength and power this team has is something. Mercer has a very nice looking group of recruits coming next year. They will lose a bunch of talent but should reload quick. The development of these players has been something to watch this year.


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I don’t follow baseball as much but didn’t he win with kids recruited to play a different style? If so, it is really impressive to win early even though you had to adapt your style to match your roster. Hopefully he can maintain this level of play and success


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On 5/18/2019 at 8:09 PM, Brass Cannon said:

Smith I think finally broke thru. Lemonis might be riding the player development of his predecessor 

ASU has been struggling as of late. They have lost or tied 5 of the last 6 series. They should get in though but would help their odds with a win in Pac-12 tourney (they played a very weak out of conference slate).

Miss St. is a title contender. Lemo walked into an amazing situation. Definitely a top 8 seed that will host all the way through and could get to Omaha. 

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On 5/18/2019 at 8:13 PM, 8bucks said:


I don’t follow baseball as much but didn’t he win with kids recruited to play a different style? If so, it is really impressive to win early even though you had to adapt your style to match your roster. Hopefully he can maintain this level of play and success


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He did a great job with what he had. Lemo left us with some good pieces and it just worked out that guys like Milto, Fineman and Lloyd didn't get drafted or were drafted very late so came back. Guys like Gordon, Bierman and Richardson all have been impact pieces coming in. He tweaked the lineup throughout the year and finally found a pretty good one although I don't think its his style but more of a power hitting style with lots of #'s and k's. He shored up the defense big time as the year went on. Couldn't be happier. We have a very bright future with this guy. 

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11 minutes ago, TXHoosierDaddy said:

ASU has been struggling as of late. They have lost or tied 5 of the last 6 series. They should get in though but would help their odds with a win in Pac-12 tourney (they played a very weak out of conference slate).

Miss St. is a title contender. Lemo walked into an amazing situation. Definitely a top 8 seed that will host all the way through and could get to Omaha. 

By broke thru I think he stopped the collapsing tailspin and is building something. 

They are a title contender for sure but let’s see

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@Matt_Cohen_: IU finished first in the Big Ten this year in...

- Home runs (90)
- Runs (389)
- Runs per game (7.1)
- Slugging (0.464)
- K/BB ratio (2.97)
- WHIP (1.22)

Matt Lloyd and Cole Barr finish tied atop the Big Ten with 16 home runs each. 

Lloyd led the B1G with 54 RBIs

 

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