Hart Shuts Down Wolverines in 5-1 IU Victory
March 22, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Southpaw Kyle Hart turned in his third straight masterpiece as the Indiana baseball team downed Michigan, 5-1, at Bart Kaufman Field on Saturday afternoon. The Hoosiers (12-8, 2-0 Big Ten) have taken the first two games of the series and will go for the sweep Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m.
Hart (3-1) dominated the Wolverines (8-14-1, 0-2 Big Ten), striking out seven and giving up just two hits and three walks in seven scoreless innings.
In his last three starts, all victories, Hart has allowed just one earned run in 22 innings with 11 hits, 18 Ks and seven bases on balls. The junior owns a 2.01 overall ERA in eight appearances (five starts).
For the second straight day, Scott Effross earned the save. The sophomore, who lowered his ERA to 1.46 in 24.2 innings, entered with the bases loaded and no body out in the ninth and limited the Wolverines to one run. Effross has three saves this season and eight in his career, which is tied for eighth on the IU career list.
Casey Rodrigue continued his torrid stretch at the plate and paced Indiana's 10-hit attack. The junior second baseman went 3-for-5 with one run batted in, one run scored and one stolen base. He is 5-for-10 in the series with four RBI, two runs and two steals.
The Hoosiers put crooked numbers on the board in three straight innings to account for their five runs. In the second, Hartong and Demuth led off with back-to-back singles. Junior center fielder Tim O'Conner brought Hartong home with an RBI groundout and DeMuth came in on a Rodrigue base knock.
Hartong scored again in the third on a wild pitch to make it 3-0 and Indiana added two more in the fourth.
With junior catcher Kyle Schwarber and Rodrigue on first and second, junior first baseman Sam Travis ripped a single up the middle, which extended his hitting streak to 10 games. Rodrigue touched home and Schwarber followed after an errant throw to third.
Michigan tallied its lone run in the ninth, but Effross left the bases loaded and retired the final three Wolverines he faced to nail down the IU victory.
Sunday's series finale will be televised by BTN.
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