IU Opens Big Ten Play With 12-5 Drubbing of UM
April 1, 2011
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The Indiana University baseball team (17-8) opened the Big Ten season with a 12-5 road win at Michigan (6-17) on Friday. Junior pitcher Blake Monar earned his third `W' of the year, lasting seven innings and punching out 10 Wolverines.
Indiana banged out 12 runs on 14 hits, paced by Dustin DeMuth and his four base knocks. It marks the freshman's team-leading 14th multi-hit game of 2011 and increased his season batting average to .387. Alex Dickerson, Josh Lyon and T.C. Knipp also swatted two or more hits on the day.
The Wolverines struck first, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first. Michigan's Patrick Biondi turned a lead-off single into a prime scoring opportunity by stealing second and third. He advanced the final 90 feet thanks to a wild pitch for the 1-0 lead. Michigan cranked out two more hits and run before recording the third out.
Michigan's advantage didn't last long, however, as the Hoosiers ripped off 10 unanswered runs over the next five innings. Indiana exploded for a six-pack in the fourth frame.
Inning number three was a bittersweet one for the Cream and Crimson, scoring three runs but also failing to convert a bases-loaded, no-out scenario into any additional runs. The highlight of the inning was an opposite field shot by Dickerson, flicking his wrists and pushing the ball just inside the left field line for a two-RBI double.
Knipp got the pot cooking in the fourth, poking a pitch into shallow right field for the lead-off single. Following a pair of Wolverine wild pitches moving Knipp to third, DeMuth brought him home and reached base with his third infield hit of the day (11th of the season). DeMuth legging out the single was vital as there were two outs and it further extended the inning and allowed for Indiana to pile it on. Two more UM mistakes (balk, fielding error) opened the door wide open for the Hoosiers to tack on five more runs. Josh Lyon drove in a pair and Knipp came up to bat for a second time in the inning before Michigan could stop the bleeding. Knipp delivered an RBI-single in his second plate appearance of the inning, creating the 9-2 edge.
The seven-run gap would last as each squad pushed across three runs in the final five innings, completing the 12-5 final tally.
Joey DeNato took the mound with one out in the eighth and shut the door as Michigan had creeped back within five scores at 10-5. DeNato allowed just one man to reach base and struck out two while getting the last five outs of the game.
Game two of the weekend series is slated for a 1 pm start on Saturday. In addition to a BigTenNetwork.com broadcast, Hoosier fans can also follow along via GameTracker live stats and the UM audio broadcast. Go to the IUHoosiers.com baseball schedule page to access all three medium.
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