Baseball opens season at Stanford

Indiana opens the 2015 season against the team that it eliminated it from the NCAA Regional a year ago when it faces Stanford in a three-game series this weekend in Palo Alto, Calif.

Are you ready for a little Indiana baseball?

The Hoosiers open the 2015 season this weekend with a three-game set in Palo Alto, Calif. against Stanford.

Stanford is the team that eliminated IU in the Regional round of the NCAA Tournament last year in Bloomington when the Cardinal came out of the loser’s bracket to beat IU twice, 10-7 and 5-4. The 5-4 victory came on a walk-off two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth by Stanford’s Tommy Edman.

IU opens the Chris Lemonis era of Indiana baseball at Friday at 6 p.m. ET. Scott Effross will be on the hill for IU against Stanford ace Cal Quantrill. Christian Morris will go for the Hoosiers on Saturday at 9 p.m. ET against John Hochstatter, and the final game of the series will be Sunday at 4 p.m. ET when Jake Kelzer goes for IU against Logan James.

IU was 44-15 overall a year ago and 21-3 in Big Ten play. When the season ended, head coach Tracy Smith took a job as the head baseball coach at Arizona State.

During the last two years, Indiana has earned back-to-back Big Ten regular season and tournament championships, a trip to its first-ever College World Series in 2013 and a No. 4 national seed in the 2014 NCAA postseason, the first by a Big Ten program. The Hoosiers, selected fourth in the conference preseason poll, have won 93 games since the start of 2013.

According to a release put out by the IU media relations department, Indiana returns six Hoosiers that earned All-Big Ten honors in 2014, including C Brad Hartong (first team), OF Scott Donley (first), SP Morris (first), RP Luke Harrison (first), OF Will Nolden (third) and SP Kelzer (freshman).

Friday and Saturday's games are available on the Pac-12 Network, while other avenues for live coverage can all be found at IUHoosiers.com. Indiana's Adam Cohen will call all three games, which can be streamed online at IUHoosiers.com.


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