March 10, 2013
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -
Indiana Baseball (8-3) cranked out 14 hits and rode the pitching efforts of Kyle Hart and Scott Effross in a 7-4 rubber game victory over #28 Florida (8-9), taking the road series over an SEC foe. Kyle Schwarber and Scott Donley led the way offensively, driving in a pair of runs each.
Hart (2-0, 2.01) dominated the Gators through the first seven shutout innings. UF first baseman Vickash Ramjit managed two hits off him, but that was it for the entire Florida lineup entering the eighth. A defensive error opened the door for four unearned tallies in the eighth before Effross came on to retire the final four batters. It was Effross' second finished game of the weekend, hurling a perfect 1.2 innings to close out Friday's winner.
The `hot start Hoosiers' did it again on Sunday, lighting the scoreboard in the first inning for the sixth consecutive game. Schwarber committed some property damage in the opening frame, smoking a solo homerun off the scoreboard in right center field. He scored again in the third thanks to an RBI-triple from Sam Travis, who would also come around to score via Donley's first RBI of the day.
The odd-inning scoring continued in the fifth as Justin Cureton and Travis were brought home by Donley's RBI-double and a sac fly from Dustin DeMuth. Lone tallies in the seventh and eighth frames extended Indiana's edge to 7-0.
That's when trouble started to creep up on the Cream and Crimson. A fielding error in the bottom of the eighth gave Florida an opportunity to mount a comeback. Four of the next five batters recorded hits and UF pulled within three runs at 7-4. Effross put an end to the Gators' comeback hopes though, shutting the door in the ninth.
After a day off on Monday, the Hoosiers will play five games in five days at the Central Florida RussMatt Invitational. Indiana is set to face Army, Fairfield, Navy, Bucknell and UAB, in that order. IUHoosiers.com is along for the ride, providing live stats and an audio broadcast for all five contests.