Michael Earley is a junior infielder and outfielder at Indiana. He appeared in 49 games in 2008 and batted .318 with seven doubles, four homers, 26 runs and 21 RBI. He was hit by 15 pitches, the third-highest total in school history. Earley was named to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team as designated hitter. A native of Anderson, Ind., Earley spent one season at the University of Cincinnati before transferring to Indiana. He hit .320 with the Bearcats in 33 games with five home runs and 15 RBI. Earley is a communications major.


April 6, 2009

Starting Conference Play


The Big Ten has started and we are off to a pretty good start. We just recently took the series from #26 Illinois two games out of three, losing the last game by one run.


Our starting pitching in the Big Ten has been great. Blake “Blue Chipper” Monar has had great Friday night starts, followed by El Burro Grande (The Big Donkey) Eric Arnett, who has been nothing less then dominant. And when you have the pre-season Big Ten Pitcher of the Year and a first team all-conference performer finishing out the weekend on Sunday, then you’re going to be pretty good – by the way, his name is Matt Bashore, and he is turning 21 as I write this – Happy Birthday Matty.


The bus rides have been interesting to say the least (after a win of course). At any given time you can walk back to the back of the bus and see Josh Phegley, Chris Hervey, Joe “Boom” Vicini and myself doing a fake radio show that at times has lasted for about an hour. There is really no point, but a lot of things that end up entertaining our team don’t really make a lot of sense sometimes. Whether it is listening to Josh Lyon talk like Chris Squires or pointless YouTube videos that we play over and over again. Some would say we are idiots, and for the most part I would have to agree.


Even though we got off to a slow start we are starting to get it rolling. The Big Ten season is here and we have started it off pretty good. If we continue to play like we are capable of there is no telling what we could do. I’m very confident in our abilities and can’t wait to see what the rest of the season has in store for the Hoosiers.


Shoutout of the week goes to a great friend of mine, Christopher “Mark” Hervey… I’m not going to say why, but on April 11 I would like everyone to just say congratulations to him.  It’s been a great year.





(photos courtesy of IU Media Relations Office)