March 2, 2013
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -
It was a complete story for Hoosier Baseball on Saturday, equipped with a run-filled beginning, middle and end as Indiana scored three runs in the first, fifth and ninth innings to dispose of Coastal Carolina, 9-1. The Hoosiers improve to 5-2, the best start since 2005.
Joey DeNato picked up the win, tossing 7.1 innings and allowing a lone run. Ryan Halstead came on to close out the Chanticleers (4-5), recording the final five outs of the victory. Halstead's scoreless streak extends to seven innings to start his junior campaign.
The Hoosiers jumped all over Coastal's starting pitcher for the tune of three runs in the first inning. Justin Cureton got it going by drawing a walk to lead off the ball game and Kyle Schwarber made it Hoosiers at the corners slicing a double down the line. The next three batters each drove in a run and IU seized a lead for good.
Back-to-back walks followed by a single got CCU on the board in the third, but it would be the last Chanticleer to cross the plate.
Indiana loaded up the bases in the fifth before Chad Clark quickly cleared them, stroking a double into the left center gap and bringing home three for a 6-1 IU advantage.
As DeNato continued to cruise and eventually turned it over to Halstead, the Cream and Crimson tacked on three more in the ninth. Scwarber singled to get it started and moved into scoring position after Trace Knoblauch drew a walk. Michael Basil then golfed a pitch low-and-in off his ankles and into left field to score Schwarber. Casey Smith and Dustin DeMuth drove in the eighth and ninth tallies of the day.
Indiana is back at it looking for the weekend sweep on Sunday with a 10 a.m. contest vs. the UMBC Retrievers (0-2).