No. 24 Indiana Pounds Out 17 Hits in 14-3 Rout of Iowa
April 6, 2014
IOWA CITY, Iowa - Indiana's offense once again proved to be too much for Iowa, as the Hoosiers(17-10, 7-1 Big Ten) scored five runs in the first inning and never looked back on the way to a 14-3 victory at Duane Banks Field. Dustin DeMuth went 3-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored while also extending his hit streak to 16 games.
On the mound, Christian Morris got the start and allowed one earned run (three runs) over the first 3.1 innings before Luke Harrison came on in relief. It would be Harrison that ended an Iowa threat in the fourth and then cruised through the next four innings to pick up his first win of the season (1-0). He gave up just one hit over his 4.2 innings while walking one and fanning seven. Jake Kelzer pitched the ninth inning and recorded three strikeouts.
Offensively, the 14 runs are a season high while the 17 hits are also a season-best and mark the sixth straight game with 10-plus hits for Indiana. Balance throughout the order was the name of the game with six players recording multi-hit games, including Scott Donley's 3-for-3 day with a home run and three RBI.
At the top of the order, Casey Rodrigue had two hits, a walk and a run scored out of the leadoff spot. In the No. 2 spot in the order, Kyle Schwarber also racked up two hits and a run scored. Brad Hartong only had one hit but it was a home run, his first of the season, but did score three runs. Will Nolden collected two hits and an RBI, Nick Ramos was 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI and Ricky Alfonso finished off the scoring in the game with a pinch-hit two-run home run in the ninth inning.
Indiana had four home runs in the game, the second straight game with four long balls.
In the opening frame, Rodrigue started the inning with a single and moved to third base on a Schwarber single immediately after him. They didn't stay there for long, as Travis sent a line drive off the wall in center for a double to plate the first run of the game. Donley kept things going with a sharp single to left that pushed across two more runs to give IU the 3-0 lead. Later in the inning, DeMuth punched one back up the middle for an RBI single and Ramos lined one through the left side to put IU on top, 5-0, after one inning.
The bats were back at it in the second inning with another RBI single from DeMuth followed two batters later by Will Nolden's RBI single to extend the Indiana lead to 7-0. The third run of the inning came in on Ramos' fielder's choice to shortstop, as DeMuth beat the throw to the plate scoring from third base.
Iowa (16-11, 3-5 Big Ten) got a sac fly and two unearned runs in the bottom of the third inning to cut the Indiana lead to 8-3.
Donley then led off the top of the fourth inning with a home run to left field, his second in as many days and third round tripper of the season. DeMuth sent a rocket out of the park to center field in the seventh inning and the Hoosiers were cruising with a 10-3 lead.
The ninth inning saw a number of pinch hitters for Indiana, but it didn't matter. The hits kept on coming. Luke Cureton was hit by a pitch to start the inning before Hartong stepped in and delivered a 2-run home run to left. Later in the inning, Nolden reached on an error ahead of Ricky Alfonso's home run just inside the foul pole down the right field line.
Iowa's starting pitcher, Sasha Kuebel, recorded just one out in the first inning before being removed. He gave up five runs on seven hits to take the loss.
The teams will conclude the series on Monday at 2 p.m. ET with Will Coursen-Carr (2-2, 3.14) getting the start for Indiana while Iowa will counter with Tyler Peyton (3-0, 5.44).
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