Bottom of the Order Huge in Hoosier Win
April 27, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana University baseball team has won seven straight games and taken four of five Big Ten series after defeating Michigan, 9-3, on Saturday. The #17 Hoosiers look for a series sweep on Sunday at 1:05 pm.
Kyle Hart improved to 7-0 on 5.1 innings pitched, allowing three runs while striking out two. His season ERA now sits at a slim 2.39 clip.
With their 33rd win, the Hoosiers (33-8, 10-4 Big Ten) have surpassed last season's win total (32-28).
Michigan (22-19, 8-6) scored one run in the opening frame, but IU tied the game in the second stanza on a Casey Smith sacrifice fly to left field that scored Scott Donley. With the bases loaded, Nick Ramos then made it 3-1 with his first of two 2-RBI hits in the game, a single into left field.
IU blew the doors open in the third, filling up the bags with three straight singles. After Michigan starter Evan Hill walked Smith to hand over a run, he was replaced by reliever Matt Ogden. It marked the second time in as many days IU has chased the Wolverine starter out in quick fashion, sending Trent Szkutnik to the showers just two outs into Friday's contest.
Chad Clark welcomed the new UM hurler by immediately singling to center field to plate a pair. The hot batting continued when Ramos connected on a 2-RBI double. Next, Travis singled to third base, which allowed Ramos to score for IU. Indiana sent 11 Hoosiers to the dish as they batted around in the inning, emerging with a 9-1 lead.
Ramos finished the game with a career-high four RBI.
Scott Effross replaced Hart two outs into the fifth frame and worked the final 3.1 innings, recording his fifth save of the season.
Basil has now reached base successfully in 17 straight games.
IU is back in action at Bart Kaufman Field tomorrow at 1:05 p.m.
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