Indiana hopes to find its stride at the right time and return to the postseason in 2017 (Eric Sorenson)

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Sorenson: Indiana Takes Big Ten Lead

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MINNEAPOLIS — When I talked with Indiana head coach Chris Lemonis before tonight’s game with Minnesota, he looked at the flags in centerfield and over at the Gopher dugout and said, “THIS concerns me,” Lemonis said. “That was the first thing I saw when I came to the stadium today and the way these guys swing the bats, it could be trouble.”

My first response to him?

“Hey I was gonna ask you… are your boys gonna finally start to hit or what?”

Well they put it in my fat face tonight, that’s for sure. Well done Hoosier boys.

“We had the right guys at the plate at the right time,” coach Lemonis would tell me after the game. “I just thought we had some good A.B.s across the board. We had our power guys get some good swings on some pitches from a good pitching staff.”

Alex Krupa had three hits on the night for IU, putting pressure on Minnesota starter Matt Fiedler from the get-go.Alex Krupa had three hits on the night for IU, putting pressure on Minnesota starter Matt Fiedler from the get-go.

You see, Indiana came into the game hitting a boney-armed .262 as a team, compared to Minnesota’s barrel-chested .333. Thus you see why Lemonis was concerned with the Gopher’s offense and my derogatory question before the game. But the way tonight’s game transpired, you could’ve never guessed his team was struggling at the plate.

“I think the park played to this type of game tonight,” Lemonis said. “I was a little bit surprised we hit so well off of them.”


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