Hoosiers Start the Week With 7-3 Victory
March 29, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana University baseball team notched its 15th win of the season on Tuesday, running its 2011 record to 15-8 after taking down Northern Kentucky, 7-3. Freshman pitcher Joey DeNato earned the win, improving to 3-1.
DeNato toed the rubber for five innings, allowing three hits, one run and issuing four walks while striking out five. Matt Carr and Reed Reznicek each chipped in a pair of Ks to run Indiana's total to nine.
For the second time during the '11 campaign, DeNato posted a hat trick of sorts, picking off three base runners in one game. He did so earlier in the year at Xavier. The San Diego, Calif., native has now pegged eight runners. Indiana's combined 20 pick offs are more than tripling the next closest Big Ten squad (6 PO).
There was a variety of Hoosiers on the base paths as each of the seven IU runs were scored by a different player. Jerrud Sabourin was responsible for bringing in three of those runners with his two-out, three-RBI double into the left center field gap in the bottom of the first. Following a walk by Michael Basil, the Hoosier lead jumped to 4-0 thanks to an opposite field double for T.C. Knipp to drive in Sabourin from second.
The scoreboard remained silent until the top of the fourth when Northern Kentucky converted a lead off double into a run, via the sacrifice fly to left center.
Indiana matched the tally in the fifth to regain its four-run advantage at 5-1. Justin Cureton legged out an infield single to get things started. He then flashed the wheels again as he stole his ninth base of the season (9-for-9 on SB attempts). After moving to third on a groundball to the right side of the infield, Cureton sprinted the final 90 feet to home on a perfectly-placed bunt by Wes Wilson which resulted in another infield single. Wilson showed no fear, executing the bunt with all intentions of a base hit as there were two outs in the frame.
The Norse battled back in the sixth with a pair of runs, aided by two defensive miscues by the Cream and Crimson.
With the lead trimmed to two runs at 5-3, Basil blasted a homerun over the left field wall in the next half inning to put IU up, 6-3. In the seventh, Ty Downing cracked the first pitch he saw over the third base bag for a double. He would later score on errant through off a groundball to create the eventual final score of 7-3.
Sembower will be busy again tomorrow as the Hoosiers welcome in the Shawnee State Bears for a 3:05 pm contest.
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