Sell-Out Crowd Witnesses Hoosier Victory
April 5, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana baseball team improved their NCAA-best winning streak to 17 games by defeating Illinois, 3-2. The first ever night game for IU occurred in front of a sell-out crowd of 2,757, the largest crowd in school history.
The 17-game stretch of consecutive wins pulls IU even with Mississippi State for the longest winning streak of the year. The Bulldogs started out 17-0 before suffering their first defeat.
Indiana (24-3, 7-0 Big Ten) scored first when sophomore first baseman Sam Travis drove in centerfielder Justin Cureton with a sacrifice fly. Cureton advanced to second on a steal (15th of the season) and moved to third on a grounder.
The #HotStartHoosiers have now scored in the first inning in 16-of-27 games this season and own a 29-4 run margin in the opening frame.
The Fighting Illini (18-8, 1-3 Big Ten) got on the board in the third frame and the score remained 3-1 through seven innings, until Illinois made it a one-run ball game in the top of the eighth.
Joey DeNato got the start for IU and threw 95 pitches over six innings. He struck out six, scattered seven hits for one run and earned his fourth win (4-1) of 2013. Freshman Scott Effross took over for DeNato in the seventh and retired his first three batters.
Ryan Halstead came in for Effross and tallied his fifth save of the season on a `1-2-3' final inning for IU. Indiana has now won 22 of the last 23 games.
The Hoosiers will look to take game two against the Fighting Illini at Bart Kaufman Field tomorrow at 2:05 p.m.
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