March 8, 2013
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -
Indiana Baseball (7-2) kick-started Spring Break 2013 with a 4-1 road victory in the series opener at #28 Florida (7-8). In the Hoosiers' fifth consecutive win, LHP Joey DeNato twirled another gem. He tossed 7.1 innings and allowed a lone run for the second straight weekend. Friday night he scattered eight hits and a walk while striking out five batters to earn win number two on the year.
Hoosier bash brothers Sam Travis and Kyle Schwarber went a combined 7-for-9 and drove in a pair of runs, raising their season batting averages to .471 and .439, respectively. Schwarber went unretired, stroking four singles and being intentionally walked in his fifth plate appearance. Designated hitter Scott Donley brought home the other two runs, collecting RBI-singles in the first and seventh innings.
Quick starts continued for the Cream and Crimson as back-to-back-to-back singles pushed across a tally in the first inning. Indiana scored in the opening frame of all three games last weekend as well, totaling seven first-inning runs down in Myrtle Beach. The 1-0 Hoosier lead was short-lived, however, as Florida's Vicklash Ramjit yanked a solo homerun just inside the foul pole to even the score at a run apiece in the second stanza.
Indiana strung together back-to-back-to-back singles again in the fifth, regaining an edge at 2-1. Travis followed with a groundball RBI to bring in IU's third run.
After a lead-off base hit for UF in the sixth, Indiana executed its 13th double play of the season to extinguish the Gator scoring threat. The Hoosiers entered the weekend averaging 1.5 double plays turned per game, tied for the most in the country.
The offense added another tally in the next half inning, ripping off three straight singles for the third time and increasing the IU advantage to 4-1.
DeNato's day came to an end with one out in the eighth and 108 pitches in. He turned the ball over to RHP Scott Effross. The freshman from Twinsburg, Ohio faced the minimum en route to his first career save. Effross' final line read: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K. He has now surrendered one earned run (two runs total) in 11.2 innings of relief; good for a season ERA of 0.77 to go along with his 2-0 record and save.
Game two of the weekend series is set for a 4 pm ET start on Saturday (March 9). RHP Aaron Slegers (1-0, 1.00) is expected to face RHP Tucker Simpson (0-1, 4.15).