Hoosiers Keep Rolling, Extend Streak to 18 Games
April 6, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana University now owns NCAA Division-I baseball's longest winning streak of 2013, victorious in 18 consecutive ballgames. The Hoosiers (25-3, 8-0 Big Ten) took their second win in as many days over Illinois (18-9, 1-4), setting up an opportunity for a third conference sweep on Sunday at 1:05 pm.
Sophomore southpaw Kyle Hart earned his fifth win, becoming the third Hoosier hurler to post 5-0 pitching records. He joins Aaron Slegers and Scott Effross with flawless marks. Hart flung seven innings, striking out three while allowing a lone run on eight hits and two walks.
Bart Kaufman Field continued to treat Casey Smith well as the Bloomington High School North product drove in two more runs Saturday, elevating his RBI total to eight in seven home games. Four other Hoosiers brought home tallies, too, including Scott Donley on his 3-for-4 day. Donley leads the team and Big Ten with 37 runs batted in.
Aggressive baserunning was vital in the Hoosiers' early scoring with the first two runs coming after stolen bases and two-out RBI. Justin Cureton got it started in the first inning. He led off with a single, stole second and came around to score when Donley slapped a pitch opposite field into left field. Will Nolden was the second bag swiper, getting into position to score on Chad Clark's RBI-single.
The #HotStartHoosiers have now scored in the first inning in 17-of-28 games this season and own a 30-4 run margin in the opening frame.
After Illinois' Thomas Lindauer connected on the first visitor homerun in facility history, Indiana responded in the home half of the fifth. The Hoosiers capitalized on four walks issued by UI, combining the free passes with three hits (two extra-base) to tally four runs.
Indiana would later add one more while the Fighting Illini went yard again in the eighth for a 7-3 final ledger.
The Cream and Crimson lock horns with Illinois again on Sunday, Game Three slated for a 1:05 pm first pitch.
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