On this episode of the College Baseball Central Podcast, Joe Healy talks Indiana Hoosiers baseball with Stu Jackson of The Hoosier, Indiana University’s Rivals site.
The Hoosiers have somewhat quietly become perhaps the most consistent team in the Big Ten. Sure, they haven’t returned to the College World Series or achieved a national seed like they did in the last couple years of Tracy Smith’s tenure, but under Chris Lemonis, they have recruited well and continued to be a regional contender year after year.
The 2017 team was no different, as a deep offense helped the Hoosiers overcome some inexperience on the mound on the way to grabbing a two-seed in the Lexington Regional. Heading into 2018, thanks to a somewhat surprising lack of attrition on the roster from the most recent MLB Draft and the expected continued development of some young players who played big roles on last year’s team, Indiana will come into the season on the short list of contenders for the Big Ten title.
Among the topics discussed on this episode are:
- How IU has gotten to this point, the best stretch of play in the program’s history
- The player or players that served as the heart and soul of the 2017 team
- The amount of surprise that came with not losing all that many players to pro baseball after the season
- Stu’s thoughts on IU as a conference title contender in 2018
- How well the program is supported locally, even as the school is and always will be a basketball school with football coming second
Thanks for listening, everyone!