@IUBaseballNews Runs Streak to 16 Straight Wins
April 3, 2013
CINCINNATI, Ohio - The 2013 Hoosier Baseball team (23-3) captured its 16th consecutive victory on Wednesday (Apr. 3), taking sole possession of the longest winning streak in the University's 119 years of sponsoring a baseball program. #16 Indiana has also won 21 of the last 22 games after topping Xavier (11-14) in a 9-5 road triumph.
Indiana's stretch of 16 straight W's is the longest current run in the country. With a win on Friday vs. Illinois, the Hoosiers would move into a tie for the longest stretch all season long. Mississippi State began their 2013 campaign 17-0 before suffering a defeat.
The Hoosiers scored early and often at Hayden Field, notching a tally in the first three innings and four of the first five frames. IU got out to an 8-1 lead midway through the contest before Xavier fought back with four scores in the home half of the fifth to pull within three runs at 8-5. Freshman reliever Christian Morris then checked in and stymied the Musketeers for 2.2 innings of shutout baseball, earning himself the first win of his young pitching career. An insurance run was added in the eighth, resulting in the 9-5 final ledger.
Catcher Kyle Schwarber reached base four times on the day, starting with a one-out walk in the first inning. Fellow `bash brother' Sam Travis shoved him to third by blistering a double down the left field line. Scott Donley took care of the rest, pulling a grounder to the right side of the infield, allowing Schwarber to light the scoreboard. The #HotStartHoosiers have now scored in the first inning in 15 of 26 games this season. Outscoring the opponent 28-3 in the opening frame.
The Hoosiers kept scoring the next two frames, beneficiaries of a Chad Clark sacrifice fly in the second stanza and an obliterated homerun for Schwarber in the third. Schwarber, a native of Cincinnati suburb Middletown, extended his Big Ten lead to seven long-balls.
Schwarber sparked a five-run fifth inning as well, cranking a lead-off single and later scoring his third run. After Travis drew a walk, Donley laid down a sac bunt to escort both Hoosiers into scoring position. Michael Basil, growing up just minutes from Hayden Park, dug into the box next and legged out an infield single to score Schwarber. It started a three-man hitting streak for Indiana, ending with Ricky Alfonso's two-RBI double. Clark wrapped up the scoring two batters later, piercing the right side and driving home Alfonso.
As mentioned, the Musketeers mounted a rally in the home half. Xavier posted four runs, two earned and two unearned to cut the deficit to 8-5. It was as close as XU would get, however. An eighth-inning triple from Donley notched his Big Ten-best 36th RBI of the season.
Frosh continued to supply solid bullpen work when Scott Effross worked the final two innings, earning his third save in the process. He also lowered his season ERA to 0.88, the conference's best pitching clip.
Indiana heads back to Bart Kaufman Field in beautiful Bloomington, Indiana, for a weekend series against the Fighting Illini of Illinois (17-7). The action gets started Friday night at 6 pm with postgame fireworks immediately following the game's conclusion.
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