DeNato Fans School-Record 12 Batters in 8-1 Win at Michigan
April 27, 2012
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Indiana Baseball treated Big Ten Network viewers to an offensive outburst Friday night under the lights, exploding for seven runs in the first three innings en route to an 8-1 victory at Michigan (17-25, 4-9 Big Ten). Joey DeNato put on a record-breaking show, striking out 12 Wolverines in eight innings of work and allowing just one unearned run on seven hits. His dozen K's are the most in school history during a conference contest.
The Hoosiers (20-23, 7-6) are now 5-0 in Big Ten series openers this season. DeNato has been the man toeing the rubber for each of those contests. His Ann Arbor showing marked the seventh time in 11 starts which he's allowed one or fewer earned runs.
Indiana's bats provided plenty of support, cranking out 13 hits by seven different Hoosiers.
Kyle Schwarber wasn't retired in the game, going 4-for-4 and drawing a walk in his fifth at-bat. Schwarber scored thrice and drove in a pair on a long-ball in the second stanza.
Justin Cureton opened the game with a five-pitch walk; and the flood gates opened from there. Schwarber followed by clubbing a single up the gut as Cureton sprinted across the diamond to third. A Travis sacrifice fly posted the first run of the day. Up next, Dillon Dooney crushed a pitch rolling all the way to the outfield wall for an RBI-double. Two more Hoosier base hits pushed across the third tally of the inning.
Cureton was awarded another free pass to start the second stanza as an inside pitch brushed his shoulder. Schwarber would make the Michigan pitcher pay for his slightly-errant toss, lifting his first offering over the wall in right field for his team-leading eighth homer of the season.
After a passed ball allowed the Wolverines to sneak in an unearned run in the home half, Indiana was right back at it in the third. Michael Basil got it started with a looping single into left center. Dustin DeMuth then beat out his second infield single of the day to become the second baserunner. Chad Clark stepped in next and delivered a perfectly-placed sac bunt. Chris Sujka then connected on a frozen rope to center, completing DeMuth and Clark's trek around the basepaths and extending the IU lead to 7-1.
Schwarber belted his fourth hit and scored his third run in the seventh, coming into to score on an RBI by Basil.
Game Two of the weekend series is scheduled for a 6:05 pm first pitch on Saturday. Potentially inclement weather is in the forecast, however. Hop on Twitter and follow @KKatIU for the most up-to-the-minute game time updates. Indiana sends LHP Kyle Hart to the bump, countered by Michigan's RHP Ben Ballantine.
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