Feb. 5, 2013
Big Ten preview
Big Ten Preseason Coaches' Poll
With Indiana's Sam Travis
By Phil Stanton
(left) is a sophomore infielder from Orland,
Park, Ill. He was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2012 and
was a Freshman All-American. Travis batted .319 in 60 games with
17 doubles, nine homers, 41 runs and 50 RBI. He posted a
slugging percentage of .509 and on-base percentage of .397.
A 40th-round draft pick of the Cincinnati Reds in
2011, Travis had a strong start to his rookie campaign. He
reached base in each of his first 30 games and had a 17-game hit
The Hoosiers finished second in the Big Ten with
a 14-7 conference mark and reached the championship game of the
2012 Big Ten Tournament. IU topped #5 Michigan State 6-4 in its
first game before falling to top-seeded Purdue 3-0. The Hoosiers
pulled out a thrilling 4-3 win in 11 innings over the Spartans
before dropping a gut-wrenching 6-5 decision to the Boilermakers
in the title game.
Travis is one of the top returning hitters in the
Big Ten this season.
1. What was the
biggest factor in your decision not to enter professional
baseball out of high school and attend Indiana?
To mature as a player
and to come get a great education at a Big Ten institution.
2. Why did the
transition from high school to college baseball seem to come
easy for you?
It definitely wasn’t
easy, a lot of hard work. You put in a lot more hours in college
ball. All the hard work has happened to pay off so far.
3. What were the
keys to your successful season at the plate in 2012?
Not taking myself out
of an at-bat, not swinging at bad pitches. Just being patient
and swinging on my pitch.
4. What was the Big
Ten Tournament experience like for you and your teammates?
wait to get back. Looking forward to big things this season and
hope to back there with a better outcome.
5. What must the
Hoosiers do to win a Big Ten title in 2013?
We have to stay
confident. Play our game. Can never go back on our heels. Always
have to be ready for shots coming at us.
(photos courtesy of IU Media