April 29, 2012
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -
Head Coach Tracy Smith earned his 500th and 501st career coaching victories on Sunday as his Hoosiers (22-23, 9-6 Big Ten) swept the doubleheader and series at Michigan (17-27, 4-11). Indiana scored 22 runs on 26 hits in the double dip.
Six weeks into the nine-week Big Ten schedule, the Hoosiers are tied for second in conference standings. Indiana's 9-6 B1G mark matches that of Minnesota. Four teams sit a game back at 8-7, creating plenty of drama in the final three weeks to see which six teams advanced to the Big Ten Tournament.
Justin Cureton racked up seven hits Sunday, four base knocks in the first game and three in the second set. Eight of nine starters recorded at least one hit in both contests; 11-8 and 11-5 final scores.
Dustin DeMuth extended his hitting streak to 10 games. During that stretch, DeMuth is batting .472, reaching base at a .525 clip and scoring eight runs. Freshmen bash brothers Kyle Schwarber and Sam Travis have excelled in run production as well during the last 10 games. The duo has combined to drive in 24 tallies and score 20 themselves.
GAME ONE RECAP
Travis connected for a skyscraping shot over the huge wall in left field to draw first blood in the top of the first. Michigan's Brett Winger had a rebuttal in the home half, mimicking Travis and sending a solo homerun over the elevated left field wall as well.
After Michigan pushed across two more runs in the third, Indiana exploded for a seven-run fourth. Dillon Dooney lunged over the plate to slap an outside pitch looping into center. Michael Basil and DeMuth also singled to jam the bases full of Hoosiers with no outs. Chad Clark and Chris Sujka each walked to even the score at 3-3. Tim O'Conner then delivered a sacrifice fly, putting IU in the lead for good. Following another base on balls, Schwarber scorched a missile into right for two more runs. Travis and Basil batted in runs number seven and eight before the third out was recorded.
The Cream and Crimson piled on three more runs before it was all said and done, including a two-run double for Clark. Michigan crawled back to within three runs at 11-8 before Ryan Halstead
notched the 27th out. Halstead worked the final three innings of the win, earning his 10th career save. That save total gives him sole possession of sixth place all-time in school history.
GAME TWO RECAP
DeMuth beat out his fourth infield of the weekend to get aboard in the second. A walk moved DeMuth up to second base and a pair of well-executed bunts circled him around to home. Sujka's squeeze bunt not only brought home DeMuth but also resulted in a base hit.
Back-to-back Wolverine doubles in the home half quickly evened the score at a run apiece. Michigan later had runners on the corners with no outs and looked to be in good position for a big inning. The Hoosiers would have none it though. Chad Martin fanned the first out, Schwarber caught a baserunner sleeping on a pick off for the second out and Martin maintained the 1-1 tie by getting an easy groundball to Basil at short.
The IU momentum continued in the subsequent half inning. Run-scoring hits by Travis, Basil and Sujka accumulated four runs and Indiana went ahead 5-1.
Michigan countered with a run in the home half and threatened again in the fourth. With the bases loaded and just one out, Martin pulled off another Houdini act and escaped unscathed. His high cheese blew past the batter for strike three and followed with a lazy pop-up near the backstop allowing Schwarber to get underneath and squeeze it.
The Wolverines, undeterred, rallied again in the fifth. A three-run, two-out rally created a 5-5 stalemate through six innings.
Indiana would not relinquish its lead, however, notching at least one run in each of the final three frames; including a game-clinching four-run ninth.
The Hoosiers turn their focus to the classroom during finals week, getting a break from midweek games before returning to the diamond next Saturday (May 5) for the series opener against Nebraska.