Feb. 20, 2009
Washington, D.C. - The Georgetown University baseball team travels to Florida this weekend to take part in the inaugural BIG EAST - Big Ten Challenge. On Friday night, the Hoyas will face Northwestern at McKechnie Field in Bradenton at 7:30 p.m. GU will then play Indiana on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. from Red McEwen Field at the University of South Florida in Tampa. The set closes out on Sunday morning at 10 a.m. against Iowa at the Naimoli Complex.
Northwestern leads series, 3-1
The 'Cats are coming off a 2008 season that saw them go 21-28 overall and finish in seventh place in the Big Ten with a 14-18 mark. NU returns five position starters and four starting pitchers from last year's squad. Among those back in the fold for the Wildcats are 2008 All-Big Ten Second Team honorees Jake Goebbert and Eric Jokisch. Jokisch, a sophomore left-handed pitcher, was also named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year last season. NU has won its last two season-openers, including a 13-7 victory at Cal State Northridge a year ago.
First meeting with Indiana
After posting one of the top offensive years in school history in 2008, junior catcher Josh Phegley has been raking in the honors heading into the 2009 season. Phegley was named a second-team All-American following last season, behind only Florida State's Buster Posey, who led the nation in batting average and was selected fifth overall by the San Francisco Giants. Phegley and Matt Bashore were predicted to sweep the conference awards by Baseball America. The prestigious publication predicted Phegley as the Big Ten Player of the Year and Bashore as the Big Ten Pitcher of the Year for 2009. Centerfielder Evan Crawford and Kipp Schutz create the only foursome of Big Ten players ranked in the top 300 prospects by Baseball America, and only four other conference players (Minnesota's Eric Decker and Derek McCallum, Northwestern's Jake Goebbert and Ohio State's Zach Hurley) are in the top 500.
First meeting with Iowa
Justin Toole was named Pre-season Third Team All-American by Ping! Toole was also named to the 2009 Brooks Wallace Watch List due to his tremendous junior campaign. In 2008, Toole was named to the all-region team, received his second third team all-Big Ten laurel as well as his second academic all-Big Ten honor. After Kurtis Muller's tremendous freshman season ended with a Ping! freshman all-America bid it is fair to say watch out to this potential super sophomore. Muller set a true-freshman record with 47 RBI, breaking John Knapp's school record of 43 RBI by a true freshman, which was established in 1984. He will be taking over standout Caleb Curry's spot in the lineup -- hitting third and will also roam center field.