Hoosiers Enjoy Spectacular Bart Kaufman Field Debut

    Go Hoosiers! President Michael A. McRobbie threw out the ceremonial first pitch
    Go Hoosiers!
    President Michael A. McRobbie threw out the ceremonial first pitch
    Go Hoosiers!

    March 20, 2013

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana University baseball team (15-3) opened Bart Kaufman Field with a bang, blowing up Miami (OH) 15-runs-to-1. The 22nd-ranked Hoosiers accumulated 19 hits en route to their third consecutive, and fifth overall, game with double-digit runs. Indiana earned the season sweep over the RedHawks (7-10) after an 11-2 win in Oxford on Tuesday.

    Offensive success was aplenty for the Cream and Crimson, but none more so than redshirt junior Casey Smith. The Bloomington native drove in five runs on three hits while scoring twice himself. Third baseman Dustin DeMuth accounted for five runs with three RBI and two runs scored. Meanwhile, Scott Donley and Michael Basil combined to come around for seven runs; and the duo of Chad Clark and Chris Sujka tallied four RBI.

    Head coach Tracy Smith gave the starting nod to RHP Aaron Slegers on the mound. The six-foot-10 redshirt sophomore blanked Miami for three innings before handing the ball over to Evan Bell, who matched his three scoreless frames. Matt Dearden and Walker Stadler finished the job in the final three.

    The brand-new artificial turf treated Indiana well defensively. The Hoosiers were flawless behind their pitchers, committing no errors compared to MU's four defensive gaffes.

    Indiana piled on the runs early and often, lighting the scoreboard in four consecutive innings from the second through the fifth. Smith, Clark and Sujka posted RBI in a three-run second stanza.

    The rout was on in the third as IU exploded for seven tallies, highlighted by Smith's bases-clearing double. Following a lone tally in the fourth, Indiana got after it again with a four-spot in inning number five. DeMuth was responsible for three scores, connecting on the team's second base-clearing double of the day. DeMuth's two-bagger reached the wall in straight away center on one hop, clearing the head of a sprinting center fielder.

    Big Ten play begins this weekend as Bart Kaufman Field plays host to the Penn State Nittany Lions. Game times are set for 4 pm, 2 pm and 1 pm on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, respectively. The first two games are slated to be streamed by BTDN on All-Access while the series finale is set for a live broadcast on the Big Ten Network.




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