Hoosiers Defeat #10 Louisville in Top-20 Showdown
March 27, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Hoosier Baseball (19-3) clinched the season series over Louisville (19-5) on Wednesday, defeating the #10 Cardinals, 6-2, for the 12th consecutive win overall and 17th in the last 18 games. Nineteenth-ranked Indiana opened the season with a 2-0 victory over Louisville during the Big East-Big Ten Challenge in Florida. IU now owns an 11-10 edge in the all-time series with the Cards.
The Hoosiers' 12-game winning streak is tied for the longest in the country, and is the longest against Division-I competition. Tennessee Tech has strung together 12 straight as well, but the latest triumph came over D-III foe Maryville (Tenn.) College.
Louisville grabbed the first lead, manufacturing a run in the top of the third inning. Adam Engel led off with a single before stealing second. He traveled to third on a grounder sent to the right side of the infield. Engel then came into score via a Ty Young sacrifice fly.
The Cards advantage was short-lived when Chris Sujka went station-to-station in the home half. He dropped in a bunt single to get it started. A walk and balk followed, carrying Sujka to the other corner bag. Justin Cureton drove him home with a chopper to first, evening the tally at one run apiece.
Will Coursen-Carr blanked UL in the next half inning and the Hoosier offense ignited for a three-run fourth frame. The first two IU batters grounded out, setting up a two-out rally. Michael Basil sparked the lineup, doubling to left center and starting a run of four subsequent base hits. Triples by Dustin DeMuth and Will Nolden sandwiched a single for Chad Clark, each recording an RBI.
Scott Effross took over for Coursen-Carr in the top of the fifth, working the next 3.2 innings. He lowered his season ERA to 0.38 through 24 innings. With Effross on the bump, Indiana tallied two more runs.
Indiana's fifth run of the game came in the fifth inning. Louisville handed over the Hoosier score, walking back-to-back batters and plunking Basil to load the bases. A fielding error came next, allowing Sam Travis to touch home plate.
Indiana would return the favor in the eighth, surrendering an unearned run as a slow roller went through the wickets of Effross. With bases loaded and no outs, the freshman from Twinsburg, Ohio did not get flustered with his defensive gaffe. Rather, he beared down and induced a groundball double play and fly out to limit the damage to a lone tally. Cureton's sac fly in the bottom of the eighth posted run number six and created the ultimate final score of 6-2.
Game three of the season series between IU and Louisville is scheduled for May 8 in Kentucky. Indiana returns to Big Ten play on Saturday in Iowa City, taking on the Hawkeyes in a three-game set. Snow has forced the entire series to be moved back a day, now taking place Saturday-Sunday-Monday.
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