Indiana received some bad news Sunday when it learned that left fielder Brad Hartong will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a spleen injury Saturday night in the NCAA Regional game against Stanford.
Hartong suffered the injury when it crashed into the left field fence chasing down a long fly ball in the bottom of the first inning of Indiana's eventual 4-2 victory over Stanford.
Hartong was down on the field for a few minutes but saying he was OK and staying in the game. He stayed in the field the next two innings but after batting in the top of the fourth he came out the game and was escorted to the clubhouse training room.
The loss of Hartong takes a big bat out of the IU lineup. Hartong, the junior college transfer from Long Beach, Calif., had batted in the No. 6 hole this season. Hartong played in 49 games and had hit .313 with three home runs and 36 RBI.
"This is a tough break for Brad as he has been a huge contributor to this team all season,'' said IU coach Tracy Smith in a release by the university. "We look forward to having Brad back in 2015 after he makes a full recovery.
Craig Dedelow will be the odds on favorite to take Hartong's spot both in the lineup and in left field.