#16 Hoosiers Tally 7-2 Win Over #18 Kentucky
March 11, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana Baseball never trailed en route to a 7-2 win over the rival Kentucky Wildcats in a top-25 nonconference match-up Tuesday evening. #16 Indiana (8-6) received an 8-inning winning performance from Kyle Hart (2-1, 2.62) to defeat #18 Kentucky (13-4). It marked IU's sixth win in the last seven games.
Hart was throwing darts from the mound, issuing no walks while striking out eight. The Cincinnati southpaw scattered five hits and allowed two runs, just one of which was earned, to card his 15th career win. The eight Ks tie a career high, doing so twice as a freshman in 2012, and the 15th pitching victory moves him within three of cracking Indiana's all-time top-10. Hart has surrendered a lone earned run in his last 16 innings pitched.
Staff ace Joey DeNato was called upon to throw just one relief pitch today, inducing a chopper from the nation's homerun leader A.J. Reed for the first out of the ninth inning. Scott Effross came in for the final two outs and sealed the triumph over an SEC foe.
Kentucky entered the game leading the entire country in scoring (11.4 runs/game), batting average (.345) and on-base percentage (.461). The Hoosier pitching staff limited UK to just two runs (one earned) on six hits.
While the lineup posted only six hits, the efficient Hoosiers capitalized on every opportunity. Indiana did not strand a single runner on base, driving in all six runs scored. The top of the order, batters 1-through-3, made it three straight games with a combined five hits or more. Six-hole hitter Dustin DeMuth made an impact, too, smacking a 2-run homerun over the right field wall.
Back-to-back doubles by Kyle Schwarber and Casey Rodrigue to lead off the bottom of the first gave Indiana the lead for good. An RBI-grounder from Scott Donley scored Rodrigue later in the frame and pushed IU out to a 2-0 edge. The Hoosiers improved to 5-1 this season when scoring in the first inning.
Kentucky's Max Kuhn cut the deficit in half with a solo shot in the top of the fourth. DeMuth then one-upped him in the home half, cracking a 2-runner for his first longball of the season. Schwarber made it 5-2 in the next inning, punishing a pitch over the wall in straight-away center field.
From there the controls to victory were handed over to Hart, who retired the final 10 batters he faced before giving way to the bullpen.
Sam Travis provided insurance runs in the eighth, piercing a drawn-in infield for a 2-RBI single. Rodrgiue preceded Travis with a double into deep right field, chasing out the starting pitcher. Travis faced the new UK hurler, blistering the very first pitch.
Head Coach Tracy Smith
1B Sam Travis
The Cream and Crimson are back on the road this weekend, heading out west for three-game series at Long Beach State. It will mark the fourth different time zone Indiana has played in through the first five weeks.
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