March 19, 2013
OXFORD, Ohio -
Indiana Baseball (14-3) concluded its 17-game road trip to start the 2013 season with an 11-2 thrashing of Miami (OH). The Hoosiers and RedHawks (7-9) will meet again Wednesday in Bloomington at 4 pm, marking the beginning of a new era in Hoosier Baseball at Bart Kaufman Field.
Before the ceremonial first pitch in B-Town, Indiana needed to take care of business on the road against Miami. Designated hitter Scott Donley drove in four runs, including a two-out, bases-clearing double in the fifth to blow the game open. Kyle Schwarber had a big day in the box as well, reaching base in five of six plate appearances with three RBI, a homerun and two runs scored. Justin Cureton, Casey Smith and Sam Travis also came around to score twice each.
On the mound, five pitchers combined to allow just two runs, one earned. Will Coursen-Carr got the start, hurling 3.2 scoreless innings with three strikeouts. Luke Harrison, Scott Effross, Evan Bell and Brian Korte came out of the pen to wrap it up.
Indiana scored first, bringing home a lone tally in the third inning. It began a four-inning scoring stretch for the Cream and Crimson, posting two runs in the fourth, three in the fifth and maxing out with four in the sixth. The Hoosiers would tack on one more in the eighth, off Schwarber's solo shot.
Smith and Sujka joined up to give IU a lead it would not relinquish. Smith singled to lead off the third and moved into scoring position on a failed pick off move getting past the first baseman. Sujka then placed a single into right center, escorting Smith to home.
Donley recorded his first RBI on a grounder in the fourth, following back-to-back walks and a wild pitch to place a pair of Hoosiers in scoring position. Dustin DeMuth took care of the second run, singling to right and pushing IU ahead 3-0.
As mentioned above, it was Donley wreaking more havoc in the fifth. With Hoosiers on second and third, Miami elected to intentionally walk Sam Travis to load the bases and fill the vacated first base. Donley made them pay by bringing all three around for a 6-0 IU advantage.
The RedHawks would score two in the bottom of the fifth, only to see Indiana fire right back with four more in the next half inning. Schwarber's eighth-inning longball was responsible for the final run of the game, creating the eventual 11-2 final ledger.
Miami (OH) makes the return trip to Bloomington on Wednesday for the first ever game played at the new home of IU Baseball, Bart Kaufman Field. Due to cold temperatures, start time has been moved up to 4 pm for the facility opener.