DeNato Dazzles In 3-1 IU Win
March 15, 2012
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - It was another gem for Joey DeNato Thursday night in Los Angeles, leading Indiana Baseball to a 3-1 win over Loyola Marymount by tossing a complete game three-hitter. He finished the game having surrendered just one run on three hits and a walk while striking out five. He needed just 101 pitches to complete the nine frames and improve to 3-1 on the season.
Sam Travis and Chad Clark paced the Hoosier offense, with Travis going 2-for-4 with a run scored and a RBI, and Clark finishing 2-for-4 with a run scored. Kyle Schwarber made the most of his one hit, lacing a RBI-triple for his third three-bagger of the year.
DeNato was the star which shined the brightest, however, retiring 24 of the last 26 hitters he faced, including a string of 15 straight from the second through the sixth innings.
For the year, DeNato now owns a 1.64 ERA with 21 strikeouts in five starts.
A heady play by Michael Basil at shortstop thwarted a first-inning scoring opportunity for the Lions (5-9). With a LMU runner trying to come all the way around to home from second base on an infield grounder, Basil wasn't fooled and fired to the dish to nab the runner and keep the game scoreless.
A clutch two-out double from Dillon Dooney got the Hoosiers (6-11) on the board in the top of the fourth. After a pair of groundouts to start the inning, Travis singled into left field to bring Dooney to the plate. The California native pulled a fastball inside the bag at third and into the outfield corner to score a speeding Travis all the way from first base.
Indiana extended the lead to 3-0 in the sixth inning as the Hoosiers posted three straight hits, including a RBI-triple from Schwarber. Clark singled to start the inning before Schwarber laced a three-bagger into the right-center field gap to drive in the first of the two runs. Travis notched his second hit of the game on the ensuing play, lining a single into left field to plate Schwarber.
Loyola Marymount ruined the shutout in the seventh, making DeNato pay for a lead-off walk. The next Lion up to bat stroked a double to score his teammate from first and pull LMU within a pair of runs at 3-1. DeNato would then slam the door shut though, sitting down the next nine batters to clinch the IU victory.
With heavy rains expected on Saturday, the Hoosiers and Lions will now play a double dip on Friday. The series-completing doubleheader is scheduled for a 3 p.m. (eastern) first pitch. Game two will start approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of game one.
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