#22 IU Sweeps Doubleheader, Series Over Penn State
March 23, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Hoosier Baseball winning streak extended to 11 games on Saturday, sweeping a doubleheader and the Big Ten-opening series over Penn State. At 18-3 overall, #22 Indiana is off to the best start in the last 14 years, gaining ground on the 1999 Hoosiers that went 20-3 to begin the season.
With 2-0 and 11-3 victories over the Nittany Lions (5-14, 0-3 Big Ten), Indiana has now won 16 of the last 17 contests. The Hoosier hot streak includes a 4-0 mark at Bart Kaufman Field, outscoring the competition inside the new facility 37-7. On the year, the Hoosiers own a +98 run margin (158-60).
Kyle Hart and Aaron Slegers each improved to 4-0 on the mound with Hart earning the win in game one of the double dip and Slegers doing so in the latter contest. Hart hurled eight scoreless innings, combining with Ryan Halstead for Indiana's fourth shutout in 2013. Halstead picked up his fourth save for his efforts. Slegers clocked in for five innings on three-days-rest, also starting and grabbing the win on Wednesday versus Miami (OH).
Hart and Penn State starter Steven Hill dueled it out for over seven innings. The only blemish on Hill's ledger was an unearned run in the seventh. Will Nolden's RBI-single drove in Michael Basil, who reached on a PSU defensive error earlier in the inning. Though the lone run was all Hart and Halstead needed, Scott Donley added an insurance run in the eighth, cracking an RBI-single to score Sam Travis.
The premium on runs was discarded in game two as Indiana scored in double digits for the sixth time. Donley, Basil and DeMuth each drove in a pair of runs while Basil, Justin Cureton and Travis scored two apiece.
Indiana tagged PSU's Greg Welch early, chasing him out of the game with four runs in just three innings of work. The offensive onslaught continued on the bullpen, burdening each of the next four relievers with at least one run. IU lowered the boom with a seven-run sixth inning which essentially closed the door shut.
Next up for Indiana is a Tuesday night showdown with #4 Louisville (19-3) at 7 pm inside Bart Kaufman Field. The primetime regional match-up will be showcased on a national stage, airing live on the Big Ten Network.
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