Indiana Baseball took on Michigan this weekend, earning its third straight series win and eighth conference win overall.
In the final game of the series, freshman Carter Mathison hit his second home run of the weekend. In doing so, he broke an Indiana record that hadn’t been touched in over 13 years.
Mathison entered the weekend series with 13 home runs, just one shy of Alex Dickerson’s freshman home run record set in 2009. He tied Dickerson in Game 1 of the series with a solo home run. to give Indiana its last lead before Michigan won, taking a 1-0 series lead.
The hard-hitting freshman landed the record home run just two days later in the final game of the series. In the fifth inning of Sunday’s game, Mathison hit a three-run home run to put his name in Indiana’s baseball record books. After Indiana won 10-8, head coach Jeff Mercer and the rest of the team shared a special moment in honor of Mathison’s home run.
“I didn’t realize that was the record,” Mercer said. “One of his teammates had the ball, Tucker Schank. At our team meeting, we were celebrating, and Schank said, “Hey, this is Carter’s 15th homer to break the record,” and we gave it to Carter.
Mathison now has 15 home runs a year, leading all Big Ten rookies. Mathison is also tied with junior teammate Matthew Ellis for most home runs on the team.
“Carter is such a humble, down-to-earth young man that it wouldn’t shock me if he didn’t know that,” Mercer said. “He’s so excited for the win, but what an incredible achievement. What a record to break.
Mathison finished the series 5-12 against the Wolverines with three extra hits, six runs scored and five RBIs. After the weekend, he now leads his team in OPS, runs, total goals and slugging percentage and is tied for second in walks.
As the team heads into the final weeks of the regular season, Mercer expects Mathison and the rest of the Hoosiers to keep the same mindset in order to build on their recent success.
“I believe in consistency and I believe in a plan,” Mercer said. “I don’t change my message based on the outcome of a game or a situation. The same philosophies that led to success earlier in the year will lead to success later in the year.
Mathison has the chance to continue building on his record in the final weeks of the season. For its next game, Indiana travels to the University of Louisville to face the Cardinals on Tuesday, May 10.