#19 Hoosiers Wipe Out Iowa, 16-5
March 30, 2013
IOWA CITY, Iowa - #19 Hoosier Baseball (20-3, 4-0 Big Ten) lambasted Iowa in a series opener on Saturday, defeating the Hawkeyes, 16-5. Indiana banged out 23 hits from 11 different Hoosiers against Iowa (9-11, 1-3) en route to extending their current winning streak to a school-record against Division-I teams, 13 games. The baker's dozen of consecutive victories is also the longest active streak in the country.
Indiana's Offensive Outburst Notes:
The `Hot Start Hoosiers' lived up to the billing in game one of the conference series, bringing around four tallies on five straight hits before recording an out. Indiana has now scored in the first inning in 13 of 23 games and owns a 26-3 run margin in the opening frame. Sam Travis brought around three with a blast over the scoreboard in left field. Michael Basil's RBI-single drove in the fourth, scoring Travis.
Iowa was not going to go away without a fight, however, recording the next five tallies of the game to seize a 5-4 lead after two innings complete. From there it was all Hoosiers though as IU ripped off 12 unanswered runs over the final seven frames. Luke Harrison's relief effort afforded Indiana the opportunity to blow things open. Harrison entered trailing 5-4, but steadied the ship with 3.2 innings of shutout baseball, allowing three hits, no walks and striking out four batters as the Hoosier offense mounted the come-from-behind victory.
The big boom came in a three-run sixth, breaking up the 5-5 tie. Kyle Schwarber's two-RBI triple paired with Travis' fifth RBI of the day gave Indiana the lead for good at 8-5. Scott Donley then essentially closed the door with his seventh-inning grand slam. The bases loaded blast accounted for four of the five runs scored by IU in the frame. Indiana tacked on another pair of runs in the subsequent inning as two runners came around to score on Tim O'Conner's single skipping over the third base bag.
The Hawkeyes put two runners aboard in innings five through eight, but failed to muster a run after the third. Outfielder Will Nolden complimented his three hits offensively with an outfield assist in the eighth, unleashing a missile from the right field line to gun out a runner at the dish.
Indiana and Iowa return to the diamond on Sunday for game two, starting at 1:05 pm CT/2:05 pm ET. Tune into IUHoosiers.com for a live audio broadcast brought to you by Assistant A.D. for Broadcast Services Jeremy Gray.
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