Hoosiers Hitting On All Cylinders In 9-1 Win Over Michigan
April 26, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The official dedication ceremony for Bart Kaufman Field was accompanied by a worthy performance from the #17 Indiana University baseball team (32-8, 9-4 Big Ten). The Hoosiers kicked off the weekend series by blasting Michigan (22-18, 8-5) in the series opener, 9-1, for a sixth straight win.
At 32-8, the Hoosiers have already matched last season's win total (32-28). Doing so in 20 less games.
Indiana all but sealed the deal in the opening frame when Joey DeNato struck out the side in the top half and then exploded for seven runs in the home half. IU's first four batters connected for hits and Casey Smith highlighted the inning with a three-run homerun in the 7-hole. Indiana made 13 plate appearances in the first inning, batting around and then some.
Two Wolverine singles got UM on the board in the fourth, sneaking in their only run of the night. Justin Cureton and Scott Donley concluded the evening's scoring with a pair of solo shots in the sixth inning, making it a 9-1 edge for the Cream and Crimson.
DeNato improved to 6-1 with a 2.60 ERA after tossing seven innings, allowing a lone run while striking out seven. He is 3-0 with a 2.40 ERA in five Big Ten starts. He handed the ball over to freshman Evan Bell after a lead-off single in the eighth. The lanky Leawood, Kan., native allowed just one baserunner in completing the final two frames.
Donley stuffed the stat sheet with four hits, three RBI and two runs scored. Cureton had a hot bat as well, going 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs. Both Hoosiers added to their Big Ten-bests; Donley's 47 RBI and Cureton's 48 runs scored are each top totals in the conference. Cureton also flashed the leather in center field, getting horizontal for a diving snare in the fifth inning.
The Big Ten Network comes to Bloomington Saturday, in the house to broadcast Game Two starting at 4:30 pm (first pitch at 4:35 pm).
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