April 21, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
For the second straight day Indiana Baseball rode a dominant pitching performance to victory as Kyle Hart tossed a complete game shutout in IU's 3-0 win over Georgia Southern (22-19). Hart's shutout was the first for IU since Drew Leininger blanked Central Michigan back on March 14, 2010.
Hart needed just 100 pitches and less than two hours (1:58) to clinch the series for the Cream and Crimson, striking out a career-high nine batters in the process. The freshman southpaw from Cincinnati surrendered five hits and walked no one in his first career complete game. His season ERA dipped to 3.21 after Saturday's impressive effort.
Offensively, Kyle Schwarber played a role in all three runs; scoring the first and driving in the next two. He contributed defensively as well, gunning out the lone steal attempt.
Schwarber was hit in the ankle to reach in the bottom of the first. He moved up to second when Sam Travis was given a free pass, too, on a walk. Michael Basil made GSU pitcher Justin Hess pay for his mistakes, rolling a pitch through the left side to plate Schwarber.
Justin Cureton kick-started the fifth with a single up the middle. His base knock was followed by another pair of free passes to load the bases for Schwarber. The freshman catcher mirrored Cureton, going back up the gut to plate two more runs. Schwarber is now 2-for-2 with six RBI and a grand slam when the bases are juiced this season.
The series finale has been moved up to a Noon first pitch on Sunday. Indiana sends RHP Chad Martin to the mound, countered by GSU's RHP Will Middour.