March 16, 2013
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -
Indiana Baseball (13-3) put a bow on its successful spring break trip to Florida with a 12-3 besting of UAB (9-10) on Saturday. The #24 Hoosiers return to Bloomington early Sunday. IU banged out 17 hits coming from 10 different players to score in double digits for the third this season.
The Hoosiers have won six straight games and 11 of their last 12, including a 7-1 mark down in the Sunshine State.
Back to the offensive outburst, Dustin DeMuth accumulated four hits and drove in a pair of runs. Sam Travis, Scott Donley, Michael Basil and Chad Clark each tallied two RBI as well in the contest. Lead-off hitter Justin Cureton reached base five times, scoring thrice. Everyone got into the act, getting pinch-hit base knocks from Ricky Alfonso, John Robertson and Brian Wilhite in the eighth inning.
LHP Kyle Hart (3-0, 1.98) started on the bump and delivered a one-run, five-inning performance. He surrendered a lone hit while striking out three to earn his third win of the season.
Indiana lit the scoreboard in the first inning once again, making it 10 of the last 11 games with at least one run in the opening frame. The Hoosiers plated two against UAB on back-to-back, run-scoring singles by Basil and DeMuth. Three more runs were added in the second, a couple coming from Travis' two-run homer deep over the left field fence.
The Blazers scraped in a run in third, trimming the deficit to 5-1. UAB's momentum was short-lived, however, as Indiana exploded for a four-tally fourth frame. It was much the same after UAB posted another lone score in sixth. The Hoosiers countered with another big inning in the eighth, bringing home three more on five consecutive base knocks. The Blazers would go on to score one more in the ninth before ultimately falling 12-3 to the Cream and Crimson.
One more road game on the schedule before the doors of Bart Kaufman Field are opened up for Wednesday's home opener vs. Miami (OH). Indiana is set to face the RedHawks in Oxford on Tuesday evening.