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Monday, February 17, 2014

Weekly column: First week concerns

Kendall Rogers        
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Opening weekend of college baseball season is in the books, and the prevailing thought on all corners of the country is to worry, or not to worry?

That question, of course, pertains to a certain preseason top five team in Indiana. Though some northern schools headed south and elsewhere over the weekend and had good showings, such as Canisius beating North Carolina State left-handed pitcher Carlos Rodon, and St. John’s having a competitive series at Pepperdine despite only being outside a couple of times in the past month, the Hoosiers appear to be the prime target after the first weekend.

“We’re not the same team as we were last year. As anyone around the country, we’re human begins, you replace human beings with new human beings, you’re trying to figure things out,” Indiana head coach Tracy Smith said. “I hate to say it, but it was our first time outside, our guys were a little jumpy, I’m not worried about it at all, Texas Tech played very well, a ton of two-out RBIs, one of those weekends, squared some balls up, too, that didn’t fall.”

“If you asked me if we’re going to hit .200 for the season, I’d say no,” he continued. “But I was a little disappointed with the pitching staff.”

Indiana hit the road to Texas Tech over the weekend to play coach Tim Tadlock’s apparently much improved Red Raiders. Let’s face it, it simply was a poor showing by the Hoosiers throughout the weekend, as they were outscored 23-8 in three games.

Most astonishing about the series, though, is that the middle of the lineup with Sam Travis, Kyle Schwarber and others leading the charge, finished the weekend four-game set 11-for-60, something we’ll likely not see the rest of the season.

So, are the Hoosiers truly a team we should be worried about? Is Texas Tech a much improved overall team from last season?

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