Schwarber Grand Slam Highlights 10-5 IU Winner
March 3, 2012
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - A six-run outburst in the fifth inning guided Indiana Baseball (3-5) to a 10-5 triumph over East Tennessee State (5-3) in game two of a road weekend series with the Buccaneers. Freshman catcher Kyle Schwarber capped off the big inning by clearing the bases with the first Hoosier grand slam of the season.
One day after watching a quality start from LHP Joey DeNato go to waste, the Hoosiers made sure to not let that happen again. Senior hurler Drew Leininger tossed 7.1 innings, allowing just three earned runs on six hits, a walk and striking out seven on Saturday. Matt Dearden took care of the rest, working the bump for the final five outs of the game. The Gainesville, Fla., native has already made six relief appearances this season, owning a team-best 2.00 ERA and limiting the opposition to a dismal .156 batting average against.
Will Nolden lit the scoreboard first, stroking a second-inning triple into left-center field. Sliding head first into third, Nolden quickly got to his feet and sprinted the final 90 feet home as the relay throw on his three-bagger went sailing into the home dugout.
ETSU responded in the third, stroking a pair of homers totaling four runs (two of which were unearned). Leininger then did exactly what one would expect from a senior captain, shaking it off an retiring 15 of the next 16 batters. The one Buccaneer to reach during that stretch did so on a full-count walk. Leininger's dominance extended into the eighth inning; and by that point the Hoosiers had built a 9-4 cushion.
Five-foot-seven, 155-pound Chad Clark notched IU's eighth run, stroking his second career homerun in just eight career at-bats. The pint-size freshman from Agoura Hills, Calif., is hitting .556 and slugging at a ridiculous 1.333 clip in his first two career starts.
Both squads were then handed unearned runs in the eighth frame. Schwarber wasn't done for the day though, cranking a triple early in the ninth. Fellow freshman Chris Sujka cashed in the insurance run, slapping a sacrifice fly to score the Hoosiers' 10th run of the night.
Sunday's rubber match is slated for a 1:05 pm first pitch. Come back right here to IUHoosiers.com for live stats and an audio broadcast of game three. LHP Kyle Hart will start for the Cream and Crimson.
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