Sabourin Becomes All-Time IU Hit King in 6-0 Win Over Iowa
April 17, 2011
IOWA CITY, Iowa - In the same game that Jerrud Sabourin became Indiana University's all-time hits leader, the Hoosier Baseball squad secured its third straight Big Ten series victory on Sunday at Iowa. The 6-0 shutout improves Indiana to 23-12 overall and 6-3 in conference play, pulling even with Michigan State (22-10, 6-3) atop the B1G standings.
*Sabourin's third hit of the game increased his career total to 306, surpassing the previous record holder Alex Smith (1982-86). Sabourin has started 208 consecutive games for the Cream and Crimson.
The Hoosiers banged out 15 hits and pushed across six runs. They would need just the first score though as Joey DeNato owned the Hawkeyes in his 11-strikeout performance. The San Diego, Calif., native chewed up eight scoreless innings, allowing just four hits (two infield singles) and four walks.
DeNato's 11 Ks tied Eric Arnett (vs. Iowa, 4/11/09) and Brad Edwards (vs. Northwestern, 5/2/99) for the most strikeouts ever by a Hoosier in a Big Ten contest.
A two-out rally in the second inning netted three runs for Indiana. Basil got it started with a single into right field. The Hoosiers then painted the foul lines with three consecutive extra base hits landing just inside fair territory. Lyon cranked a triple into the outfield corner in right, motoring in to third base for the stand-up triple and 1-0 Hoosier lead. T.C. Knipp went the other way sneaking a shot inside the left field line for an RBI-double. Cureton then followed suit, placing another double in between the LF line and Iowa left fielder. Cureton's two-bagger pushed IU's lead to three runs.
DeNato wasted little time making his presence known. He fanned five Hawkeyes in the first two innings before ringing up one more batter in the next three frames for a total of eight Ks through five innings.
His 10th punch-out of the day was simply filthy. A walk and two dribbled infield hits loaded the bases for Iowa, bringing the go-ahead run to the plate. DeNato erased any thoughts of a Hawkeye comeback, dropping in a nasty breaking ball for the backwards K.
Indiana added its fourth run in the top of the eighth. Lyon capitalized on back-to-back singles by Sabourin and Basil, roping his third knock of the game to drive in Sabourin. The Hoosiers tacked on two more runs in the ninth for good measure.
Closer Ryan Halstead came in for the ninth in a non-save situation. The first two Hawkeyes stung him for singles. As always, an unfazed Halstead quickly closed it out, inducing a double play and striking out the final batter to complete Indiana's first shutout of the 2011 season.
It's a busy week ahead for the IU Baseball program with five games on the docket. Competition begins on Tuesday in Louisville, Ky., taking on the Cardinals. Indiana returns to Bloomington on Wednesday for a five-game homestand:
April 20- vs. Morehead State
*A release earlier in the week incorrectly stated that the previous school record for career hits was 306. Alex Smith's actual hits total is 305. IUHoosiers.com apologizes for the error.
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