#17 Hoosiers Dominate Indiana State, 8-1
April 24, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - #17 Hoosier Baseball (31-8) led from start to finish Wednesday night, topping Indiana State (17-18) by a final tally of 8-1. Indiana will ride a five-game winning streak into the weekend's Big Ten series with Michigan at Bart Kaufman Field.
The Hoosier lineup busted out for 12 hits by nine different players. Chad Clark, Dustin DeMuth and Kyle Schwarber each collected a pair hits. Clark and DeMuth excelled defensively as well in this one, each making multiple sensational plays in the field. On the hill, freshman Will Coursen-Carr (2-0) blew through six innings, giving up a lone run on five hits and two walks while striking out three to earn his second win. Evan Bell (1.2 IP), Brian Korte (0.2 IP) and Walker Stadler (0.2 IP) combined to work the final three shutout innings.
Lead-off hitter Will Nolden manufactured a walk, battling back from a 1-2 count, to get Indiana's first at-bat started. Kyle Schwarber dug in next and yanked a double down the right field line, moving Nolden over to third base. After a groundball out, Scott Donley and Michael Basil followed with run-scoring swings to give IU a 2-0 lead. The #HotStartHoosiers have now scored in the first inning in 21 of 39 games, owning a 38-8 run margin in the opening frame.
Indiana State shaved the deficit in half in the subsequent half inning. Pitching coach Ty Neal then made a visit to the mound and Coursen-Carr promptly battled his way out of a one-out, bases-loaded conundrum to strand three and keep IU on top.
DeMuth put a ball off the wall with one out in the fourth, resulting in a stand-up double. Two batters later, Clark brought him around to score for what would be the first of two two-out RBI for Clark on the day. Of Clark's 21 RBI in 2013, 10 have come with two outs. His second such RBI scored DeMuth once again in the sixth inning.
Schwarber annihilated a seventh-inning pitch not only over the right field wall, but beyond `The Bullpen" (an on-field seating section behind the wall). It marked Schwarber's second homer in as many games and his Big Ten-best ninth of the season. His long-ball ignited a stretch of five straight IU hits, including a double by Sam Travis and pinch-hit RBI-single for Casey Smith to extend Indiana's edge to 6-1.
A two-base error by Indiana State allowed the Hoosiers to add a pair of unearned runs in the eighth frame. The second tally came via Trace Knoblauch's sacrifice fly.
Indiana's five-game homestand continues on Friday at 6:05 pm, the start of a three-game series with the Wolverines (22-17).
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