IU Opens Season With Win Over #4 Louisville
Feb. 15, 2013
DUNEDIN, Fla. - Indiana University Baseball started the 2013 season out with a bang, knocking off #4 Louisville, 2-0, to kick off the opening weekend. Joey DeNato and Evan Bell each chewed up four scoreless innings while Ryan Halstead closed it out in the ninth.
Eight different Hoosiers recorded hits, totaling 10 base knocks as a team. Scott Donley and Michael Basil were responsible for driving in the runs with Dustin DeMuth and Chris Sujka touching home plate. Indiana walked the tight rope several times with three different Cardinals advancing to third base, but secured the shutout each time and halted the UL runners from further progress.
Donley, Indiana's designated hitter, broke up a scoreless stalemate in the fourth by cracking an RBI-single into right field bringing DeMuth home after his inning-opening base hit. The Hoosiers pushed across another run in the fifth with back-to-back singles from Sujka and Justin Cureton and a walk to fill the bases before Basil wore a pitch off his helmet to notch a painful-but-worth-it RBI.
In flawless defensive performance as a team, Sujka made the highlight-reel-worthy play of the night. The sophomore outfielder chased down a line drive and made an over the shoulder grab at full sprint a step in front of the warning track.
After plunking the first batter in the ninth, Halstead wasted no time putting the errant pitch behind him. The Hoosier closer induced a double play ground ball on the very next pitch and blew a fastball past Danny Rosenbaum for the game-clinching K.
Indiana improves to 6-4 all-time in the Big East-Big Ten Challenge and evens the all-time series at 55 wins apiece in 110 conference challenge contests.
A date with Connecticut is up next for the Cream and Crimson, taking on the Huskies Saturday night in Al Lang Stadium.
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