Hoosiers Top No. 9 Louisville, 9-3
March 19, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana baseball team pounded out 12 hits, including four by junior first baseman Sam Travis, on its way to a 9-3 victory over No. 9 Louisville on Wednesday afternoon at Bart Kaufman Field. Sophomore southpaw Sullivan Stadler (1-0), making his first career start, allowed three runs on five hits over five innings to pick up his first career win.
Redshirt freshman Thomas Belcher allowed just three hits over the final four innings for his first career save.
The top four batters in the Hoosiers lineup combined for eight hits and six runs. Travis, who also drove in two runs and scored once, went 4-for-5, his third career 4-hit game and his first since March 23, 2012, against Penn State. Three of the four hits were doubles, the first time an IU player has had three-or-more extra base hits in a game since Travis did so on April 19, 2013.
With the win, Indiana now has three wins over top 25 teams this season (Louisville - twice, Kentucky).
IU took the early lead in the bottom of the first inning after Rodrigue led off with a single through the right side and stole second base, his seventh of the campaign. A Kyle Schwarber groundout moved Rodrigue to third before Travis followed with a ground rule double to left to plate the team's first tally.
The Cardinals responded in the top of the second with a run to tie the game and then two more in the fourth to take a 3-1 lead.
IU's bats exploded for six runs in the fifth. Junior right fielder Will Nolden singled to the left side of the infield to start the rally and a Tim O'Connor walk followed. Sophomore second baseman Nick Ramos moved the runners into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt, and Rodrigue delivered an RBI single to left to cut the Cardinals lead to one.
The inning continued with a wild pitch that scored O'Connor and tied the game. Two batters later, Travis doubled to center field to drive in another run and force a Louisville pitching change.
Donley welcomed lefty Robert Strader with a drive to center field that pushed two more runs across to make it a 6-3. Senior third baseman Dustin DeMuth added an RBI single to close out the scoring and increase the Hoosiers advantage to 7-3.
IU went back on the attack in the sixth when sophomore shortstop Nick Ramos opened the frame with a double down the right field line. Rodrigue put down a sac bunt to move Ramos to third and Schwarber brought him in with a single to center.
Travis kept things going with a line drive back up the middle that advanced Schwarber to third. Donley reached on an error and it allowed Schwarber to score easily for the final 9-3 margin.
Next up is the opening weekend of Big Ten play, as Michigan comes to Bloomington for three games on Friday (4:05 p.m.), Saturday (2:05 p.m.) and Sunday (1:05 p.m.).
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