March 3, 2013
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -
The Indiana University baseball team (6-2) completed a weekend sweep at the 14th Annual Carvelle Resort's `Baseball at the Beach' event, downing UMBC (0-3) by a final tally of 7-1. Indiana tallied wins over West Virginia and host school Coastal Carolina earlier in the weekend. At 6-2, this marks the best eight-game start of the Tracy Smith Era and best since IU's 2005 squad also won six of their first eight.
Aaron Slegers twirled a gem for the Cream and Crimson, allowing just five base runners (5 H, 0 BB) in six shutout innings with a half dozen strikeouts to earn the win. He is now 1-0 with a 1.00 ERA in two starts this season, owner of a 9:0 strikeout-to-walk ratio. After Slegers took care of the first two-thirds of the game, freshmen Will Coursen-Carr and Christian Morris closed out the final three frames.
For the second game in a row, Indiana scored at the beginning, middle and end. The Hoosiers pushed across two in the first, three in the fourth and another pair in the ninth inning. Jumping out to early leads was the recipe for success down in South Carolina as the Hoosiers totaled seven first-inning runs.
Justin Cureton led off the game with a manufactured walk and stolen base. A Kyle Schwarber single followed to place Hoosiers on the corners. Sam Travis then lifted a sac fly into deep center field to carry home Cureton. It gave Travis momentary sole possession of the team lead with 10 RBI. Two batters later, Michael Basil drilled a double to the wall driving in his 10th RBI to pull even with Travis.
Back-to-back singles from Casey Smith
and Chad Clark
opened the fourth inning. Cureton took care of the rest, doubling in two more runs and scoring IU's fifth of the day on a wild pitch later in the inning.
Indiana was handed run number six as UMBC issued three straight free passes and Chris Sujka came home on another errant pitch reaching the backstop. Will Nolden, a defensive replacement in the eighth, also contributed with the lumber; posting an RBI-single to cap off the Hoosier scoring.
Next up for IU after a midweek game at Indiana State on Wednesday is an eight-games-in-nine-days spring break trip to Florida. A three-game series in Gainesville against the Florida Gators kicks off the stretch and is quickly followed by five straight gamedays versus Army, Fairfield, Navy, Bucknell and UAB in Winter Haven. IUHoosiers.com will be in the house for all eight contests, broadcasting live audio free of charge. Assistant Director of Media Relations Kyle Kuhlman will be on the call with the play-by-play.