No. 23 Indiana Extends Win Streak to Seven, Drops Indiana State 8-4
April 9, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Brad Hartong and Sam Travis each homered and combined to drive in seven runs as the 23rd-ranked Indiana baseball team (19-10) extended its winning streak to seven games with an 8-4 victory over Indiana State (21-9) on Wednesday evening at Bart Kaufman Field. The duo led a 12-hit Hoosier attack in which every starter recorded at least one base knock.
Redshirt freshman Thomas Belcher (1-0) tossed four-plus solid innings to earn his first career victory. Opening the fourth inning in relief of starter Brian Korte, Belcher gave up two runs and allowed four hits with three strikeouts and no walks.
Hartong (two-run HR) and Travis (three-run HR) each picked up two hits with a pair of runs scored with Hartong knocking in four in four at-bats and Travis three in five at-bats.
Travis, the reigning Big Ten Player of the Week, extended his hitting streak to eight games. The junior first baseman is batting .528 (19-of-36) with three home runs, 12 RBI and nine runs during the stretch.
Hartong broke a 1-1 tie and put the Hoosiers in front for good in the fourth with his two-run shot, his second of the season.
Travis broke it open the next inning, drilling a 2-2 pitch over the right center field wall. Junior second baseman Casey Rodrigue and junior catcher Kyle Schwarber scored after they recorded base hits.
The home run was No. 3 for Travis, who hit his first and second of the year at Iowa on Saturday, and the 22nd of his career.
With one out in the seventh, Hartong delivered a two-run single to bring in Travis and junior designated hitter Scott Donley to push the IU lead to 8-1.
After ISU cut it to 8-4 with three in the eighth, sophomore Scott Effross needed just eight pitches to induce a double play and punch out the final Sycamore of the evening.
Hartong also scored Indiana's first run of the game, coming home on a two-out double to right center field by junior right fielder Will Nolden. The tally tied things up after a home run by first baseman Manuel Estevez.
The Hoosiers continue their nine-game homestand with a three-game weekend series against Morehead State on Friday-Sunday. Game one's first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. followed by 2:05 p.m. and 1:05 p.m. start times.
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