April 15, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
It was a rough day at the ballpark for Indiana Baseball on Sunday as the visiting Michigan State Spartans (22-12, 5-4 Big Ten) swept a doubleheader and took the series. The Hoosiers fall to 16-20 overall and 6-6 in conference play. At the midway point, IU is tied for fifth in the league standings.
The first game was controlled by MSU starting pitcher Andrew Waszak, lowering his season ERA to sub-2.00 with a scoreless seven-inning shift. Reliever Jeff Kinley worked the final two frames to complete a six-hit shutout and tally a 6-0 win for the Spartans. Indiana catcher Kyle Schwarber was responsible for a pair of those hits, totaling five on the day after a 3-for-5 showing in the second contest. The Middletown, Ohio native blasted a homerun in both games to take the team lead with a half dozen dingers.
Indiana's offense came alive in the series finale, cranking 15 hits and scoring 10 runs. One problem though, the Hoosiers dug themselves a 13-run hole by allowing MSU to score in each of the first four innings. It was a slugfest from there as the two teams combined for 30 runs and 40 hits in Michigan State's 20-10 winner.
Six different Hoosiers had multi-hit games, led by Schwarber's three-hit outing. Michael Basil, Collin McEnery, J Rhet Montana, Trace Knoblauch and Dustin DeMuth each tallied two base knocks. Montana, along with fellow freshman Danny Sader, recorded their first career collegiate hits. Speaking of career firsts, Knoblauch tucked a ball just inside the right field foul pole for his first homer.
The Hoosiers continue their eight-game homestand this week, taking a six-game break from Big Ten foes. Indiana hosts Louisville on Wednesday (April 18) before welcoming in Georgia Southern for a three-game slate next weekend.