Hoosiers picked 4th in Big Ten; Gorski, Lloyd, Gordon honored

Big Ten baseball coaches picked Indiana to finish fourth in the conference this spring, the league announced Wednesday.

Coming off their fifth NCAA Tournament appearance in the past six seasons, the Hoosiers are entering their first campaign under new coach Jeff Mercer. The 33-year-old won 77 games during his two seasons guiding Wright State, earning 2018 Horizon League Coach of the Year honors.

League coaches tabbed Minnesota as the preseason favorite, followed by Michigan in second and Illinois in third.

Each Big Ten school also selected three players to the league’s preseason honors list, with IU represented by outfielder Matt Gorski, utility man Matt Lloyd and right-handed starter Tanner Gordon.

A first team All-Big Ten selection and an American Baseball Coaches Association first team All-Mideast Region honoree in 2018, Gorski started 58 games in left field and led the Hoosiers in batting average (.356), hits (79) and total bases (123). He recorded 14 doubles, three triples, and eight home runs on the year, while tallying a team-high 27 multi-hit games, including two four-hit efforts.

Gorski finished fourth in the Big Ten in stolen bases (24), tied for fourth in hits (79), fifth in total bases (123), tied for fifth in triples (3) and seventh in batting average (.356).

Lloyd was a second team All-American selection by Collegiate Baseball and third team All-American selection by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association last season, in addition to earning first team All-Big Ten honors.

He played in 59 games for the Hoosiers in 2018, appearing at first base, second base and designated hitter. He also made 15 appearances out of the bullpen, tossing 23 1/3 innings, striking out 22 batters and allowing only four earned runs. At the plate, Lloyd posted a .275 average with nine home runs and 41 RBIs.

Perfect Game named Gorski a second-team preseason All-American, while Lloyd landed on the publication’s third team.

Gordon, a transfer from John A. Logan College, struck out 156 batters in 119 2/3 career innings at the junior college level.

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  1. This should be a very interesting first season for the Hoosiers under New Coach Mercer. Win the B1G regular season and Tourney! That’s not much to ask for! Lol.

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