No. 19 Hoosiers Sweep Butler
April 21, 2013
Indianapolis - The No. 19 Indiana baseball team (29-8) swept its three-game series against Butler (17-18) with a 10-3 victory at Bulldog Park on Sunday afternoon. IU took games one (12-2) and two (5-2) at home on Friday and Saturday.
The Hoosiers scored their first eight runs with two outs. Returning to the lineup for the first time this week, sophomore Kyle Schwarber served as designated hitter and went 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored.
Aaron Slegers allowed three runs in six innings and improved to 6-1 on the season. After giving up two runs in the second, the sophomore retired 13 of 15, including a stretch of nine straight, before exiting in the seventh.
Junior southpaw Brian Korte picked up his first career save. Korte struck out one and held the Bulldogs to just one hit in three scoreless innings.
Senior shortstop Michael Basil's base hit scored Schwarber with the game's first run. In the second, Schwarber delivered a two-run single and scored his second run on a base knock from sophomore left fielder Scott Donley to make it 4-0.
Butler responded with a pair in the bottom of the second, but senior center fielder Justin Cureton got one back with an RBI single the next half inning.
In the bottom of the frame, sophomore catcher Chad Clark thwarted a BU suicide squeeze attempt to keep it at 5-2. Michael Fries bunted in front of the plate and Clark pounced on it and tagged out Marcos Calderon as he slid home.
DeMuth and Smith singled in runs in the sixth, and Schwarber ripped a base hit to plate second baseman Nick Ramos in the seventh.
With one run in and runners on the corners with one out, Clark stopped another Bulldogs rally, as he picked Lucas Calderon off third in the seventh. Korte retired Marcos Calderon to end the inning and Butler's final threat.
DeMuth and Smith struck again in the eight, with a run-scoring single and double, respectively, in the eighth.
Donley and Basil added two hits, one RBI and one run apiece. Ramos finished with a pair of hits and runs in four at-bats.
Up next, Indiana will host five games next week at Bart Kaufman Field. 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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