#19 Indiana Takes School-Record 15th Straight Win
March 31, 2013
IOWA CITY, Iowa - Multiple schedule changes forced by inclement weather haven't interfered with #19 Indiana Baseball's rhythm one iota, winners of a school-record 15 straight games after completing a doubleheader, series sweep at Iowa (9-13, 1-5 Big Ten). IU has not played a game on the originally set time and date since March 16th vs. UAB, a string of nine consecutive games on an altered schedule. The Hoosiers (22-3, 6-0) sit atop the Big Ten standings after two weeks of conference play and have won 20 of the last 21 games overall.
The 1996 Indiana squad took 15 straight games as well, with three coming against Division-II competition.
A pair of Hoosier hurlers improved to 5-0 individually on Sunday as Scott Effross and Aaron Slegers each earned their fifth win of the season. Effross' `W' manifested from his four and two-thirds innings of relief in the first game of the twin-bill. After getting tagged for a two-run double in the sixth, he completely shut down the Hawkeye offense. Effross retired the final 10 batters of Indiana's 9-6 victory. In the nightcap, Slegers scattered six hits over seven innings while surrendering just two unearned runs in the winning effort.
Indiana's hot bats remained sizzling in the early game, jumping out to a 5-0 lead after four innings in the books. The Hoosiers were coming off a 16-run, 23-hit performance to open the series on Saturday. The `2-3-4' hitters drove in six of IU's nine tallies in the ballgame, paced by Sam Travis' three RBI. He notched two on a double in the fourth and the third with his second extra-base hit, an eighth-inning triple.
The Hawkeyes battled back over the next two frames, pulling even at six runs apiece. Following a scoreless seventh inning, Justin Cureton skipped a pitch off the left-field line chalk for a lead-off double. Two batters later, Travis crunched a ball over the right fielder's head to give IU the lead for good. Scott Donley then muscled a line drive through a drawn-in infield to plate Travis. Indiana tacked on an insurance run in the ninth as Effross closed out the 9-6 triumph.
Kyle Schwarber wasted little time wreaking havoc in the series finale, pulverizing a first-inning homerun. It marked Schwarber's Big Ten-best sixth longball of 2013. It also went down as the 14th time the `hot-start' Hoosiers have scored in the first inning this season, outscoring the opposition 27-4 in the opening frame. Indiana poured on two more tallies in each the second and third innings, including Donley's seventh RBI in the series.
Iowa dug into the deficit with lone runs in the second and fourth innings. However, Slegers and Ryan Halstead combined to no-hit the Hawkeyes for the next 4.2 innings up until two outs in the bottom of the ninth. That's when UI mounted a comeback threat. Three walks and two hits in the final half inning allowed Iowa to close in at 6-4 before Halstead caught Taylor Kaufman watching strike three for the 27th out.
The Cream and Crimson step out Big Ten play for a day on Wednesday (Apr. 3) for a nonconference bout at Xavier. Tune into IUHoosiers.com for a live audio broadcast of the ballgame.
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