IU Weathers Early Storm, Responds With 7-3 Winner
March 9, 2012
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Hoosier Baseball (4-8) quickly erased a three-run first inning for Cal State-Northridge (6-7), outscoring the Matadors, 7-0, in the final eight innings of the 7-3 victory. Starting pitcher Joey DeNato settled in after a rocky start to earn the `W' and go seven innings with no runs coming after the opening frame.
DeNato's quality start improved his season record to 2-1 and lowered his ERA to 2.62 through four starts spanning 24.0 innings. He was relieved by sophomore Matt Dearden, IU's number one option out of the bullpen. Dearden, making his seventh appearance already, worked the final two shutout innings to pick up the save. The Gainesville, Fla., native has hurled 11 innings in total, owning a 1.64 ERA.
At the dish, Sam Travis penetrated the Matador defense with a 3-for-5 day and two runs scored. Fellow freshman Kyle Schwarber got on board four times, going 2-for-3 and drawing a pair of walks. Four different Hoosiers drove in runs, including Will Nolden, who came around to score twice as well. In total, the Hoosiers racked up 11 hits, six going for extra bases.
Indiana weathered the storm earl y on, withstanding a three-run first for the Matadors. IU scored at least one run in the next four innings to go ahead 5-3. Travis and Dustin DeMuth both slapped doubles in the second stanza for Indiana's first tally. The Hoosiers then added solo runs in the third and fifth innings, sandwiched around two tallies in the fourth. Michael Basil and Nolden teamed up for back-to-back two-baggers in the ninth, tacking on two more insurance runs. Dearden shut the door in the bottom of the ninth, finishing the day with 2.0 IP of work allowing three hits and one walk.
The Cream and Crimson take on Cal State-Northridge in game two of three-game weekend series on Saturday, first pitch set for 4 p.m. eastern (1 p.m. local). Live stats and an audio broadcast will be available right here at IUHoosiers.com.s
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