Indiana, Hart Too Much for Butler
April 20, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Southpaw Kyle Hart improved to 6-0 and the No. 19 Indiana baseball team moved to 28-8 with a 5-2 victory over Butler (17-17) at Bart Kaufman Field on Saturday. The Hoosiers will look to sweep the three-game series at Bulldog Park in Indianapolis at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Butler scored both of its runs in the first, but that is all Hart would allow, as he retired 15 of the final 17 batters he faced. The sophomore surrendered four hits, struck out six and did not walk a batter in six innings.
Sophomore Luke Harrison relieved Hart and pitched two scoreless innings, while true freshman Scott Effross worked the ninth for his fourth save. The trio combined to set down 24 of the final 28 Butler hitters and gave up just two hits over the final eight innings.
With the game deadlocked at 2-2, IU batted around and scored three times without hitting one ball out of the infield in the fifth. A Scott Donley walk brought in the go-ahead run and the Hoosiers tacked on two more with the help of a Bulldogs error and a fielder's choice.
Indiana used a little small ball to scratch across its first two runs. Senior shortstop Michael Basil, who also turned in two defensive gems, laid down a perfect bunt single with one out in the second. He later scored on a fielder's choice to make it 2-1.
Again, IU started a rally with a perfectly executed bunt single in the third, this time by sophomore left fielder Will Nolden. After he advanced to third on a Nick Ramos single, he scored the first of his two runs on a Sam Travis sacrifice fly.
Basil snuffed out a potential Butler threat in the seventh. With the runner on first breaking for second, second baseman Lucas Calderon hit a sharp grounder that appeared headed for left field.
Running over to cover second, Basil ranged back to his right, made a back-handed stab and a perfect throw to first for out number two. Harrison induced a fly out to end the inning.
Bulldogs catcher Radley Haddad doubled with two outs in the ninth, but Effross shut the door and forced a ground out to Basil to close out the contest.
Indiana is 9-2 at Bart Kaufman Field this season and will host five games next week. The Hoosiers will take on Eastern Kentucky on Tuesday, April 23, and Indiana State on Wednesday, April 24. First pitch for both games is at 6:05 p.m.
IU will return to conference action against Michigan with single games on Friday (6:05), Saturday (4:30) and Sunday (2:05), April 26-28.
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