Hoosiers Blast Butler, 12-2, in Series Opener
April 19, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Behind a 12-run, 17-hit attack, the No. 19 Indiana baseball team (27-8) defeated Butler, 12-2, at Bart Kaufman Field on Friday evening in the first of a three-game series.
Sophomore Scott Donley went 4-for-4 with two runs batted in, two runs scored and two doubles hitting in the clean-up spot behind sophomore first baseman Sam Travis. Travis blasted his sixth home run of the season and also added a pair of doubles and RBI to go along with three runs in five at-bats.
Southpaw Joey DeNato (5-1) carried a no-hitter into the sixth before a Butler two-out infield single. The junior settled in after he walked the first two men of the ballgame and retired the next 12 batters he faced. DeNato gave up two runs on two hits with six strikeouts in seven innings.
Junior third baseman Dustin DeMuth delivered a perfect 3-for-3 evening with two runs batted in, one run scored and one steal. Sophomore outfielders Will Nolden and Tim O'Conner each added run-scoring triples, Nolden's plating two and O'Conner's clearing the bases.
After stranding a pair of runners in each of the first two innings, the Hoosiers broke through with a couple of runs in the third. Travis and Donley recorded back-to-back doubles, and DeMuth brought Donley home with a two-out single.
Travis and Donley struck again in the fifth. A Travis double landed on the left field line, and he scored on a Donley single to make it 3-0.
Butler bounced back with two in the sixth, but Indiana responded in the bottom half. IU opened the inning with a walk, six straight hits and another walk in its first eight at-bats. With runners on first and second, Nolden ripped an 0-2 pitch in to the right center field gap for his second triple of the season.
Travis followed with his towering drive over the center field fence. DeMuth closed out the five-run frame with an RBI single to put the Hoosiers ahead 8-2.
IU posted four more in the eighth, as true freshman Nick Ramos backed up O'Conner's triple with a sacrifice fly.
True freshman Evan Bell pitched two scoreless innings to close out the game. The teams return to Bart Kaufman Field at 4:05 p.m. tomorrow and wrap up the series at Butler with a 1 p.m. first pitch on Sunday.
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