FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – After a sensational freshman season, South Side graduate Will Coursen-Carr appeared on pace to be one of the Big Ten’s best pitchers. His statistics dipped last season, but the Indiana Hoosier pitcher hopes to put up his best year yet this spring.
The 2015 baseball season will be Coursen-Carr’s junior season.
As a freshman, the former left-handed South Side ace Led the Big Ten with a 1.93 season ERA (eighth lowest in IU history) and ranked fourth with a batting average against of .233.
Last year as a sophomore, Coursen-Carr’s ERA jumped up to 3.49 and the batting average against rose to .248. He also saw less time on the mound. He threw less than 39 innings in 2014, compared to 65 in 2013. That was mainly due to making four fewer starts.
Coursen-Carr said he wanted to become a starter for the Hoosiers once again, and needed to improve on his conditioning to reach the goal.
A very reachable goal, considering Coursen-Carr earned the win in the clinching game of the Big Ten Tournament, NCAA Regional and NCAA Super Regional during Indiana’s 2013 season that ended at the College World Series.
The Hoosiers are coming off their first ever back-to-back Big Ten baseball championships. IU’s success did cost the team a little. Head Coach Tracy Smith is no longer with the team. He took a job with Arizona State back in June. Coursen-Carr said he expected new head coach, Chris Lemonis to keep the Hoosiers as one of the best teams in the Big Ten and the entire nation.
The junior said he’ll have a better idea of whether he’ll be a starter or not once the spring semester begins and the team begins practicing more often. Coursen-Carr added he would okay with not starting, as long as he’s helping the team.
The Hoosiers’ 2015 season begins Friday, February 15 when they open up a three-game series at Stanford.
NewsChannel 15 caught up with Coursen-Carr between Christmas and the New Year while he helped lead a youth baseball camp at South Side High School.