May 6, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
For the second consecutive weekend, Indiana Baseball swept a Sunday doubleheader; taking two from Nebraska (29-18, 9-9 Big Ten) to grab sole possession of second place in the Big Ten standings. The Hoosiers even their season record at 24-24, but more importantly improve to 11-7 in conference play.
Michael Basil and Sam Travis crushed at the plate while Jonny Hoffman had an impressive day on the hill. Basil drove in six runs, three in each game, and Travis scored four runs on 5-of-9 hitting. Hoffman pulled off a rare feat, posting a pair of four-inning saves in the same day. The Oceanside, Calif., native worked the bump for 8.0 innings total, surrendering a lone earned run and earning his fourth and fifth saves of the season.
Indiana has now won six of the last seven games overall, and taken four of six Big Ten series. Next up is a midweek meeting with No. 3 Kentucky (37-11), a 3 pm home game on Wednesday (May 9).
The Cornhuskers jumped out to a 3-1 lead in game one on Sunday off the strength of another homerun for Chad Christensen who also homered on Saturday. Indiana tallied the next six runs though to go ahead 7-3.
Dillon Dooney drove one in and scored another in the fourth frame. Indiana then plated another pair in the fifth via a two-run single into center field by, you guessed it, Michael Basil. Like Noah's ark, the Hoosier runs kept coming in pairs. Basil drove in the first and later scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh.
Fielding errors in the eighth and ninth allowed Nebraska to creep back into it at 7-5 on two unearned runs. Hoffman quickly induced back-to-back groundballs though to secure Indiana's 7-5 victory.
The series finale saw a plethora of offense on both sides. A combined 15 runs were compiled on 27 hits. Everyone in the Hoosier line-up connected for at least one base knock, paced by Basil's 3-for-4 showing.
Nebraska drew first blood, pushing across a tally in the top of the first. Their lead was short-lived as IU notched two in the home half. Indiana then lit up the scoreboard with a crooked number in the second inning. The Hoosiers banged out four extra-base hits to notch four runs, all coming with two outs.
The Huskers went on a two-out rally of their own in the fourth inning, closing the gap to 6-4 with three two-out runs. Basil doubled in the bottom half, shoving in two more Hoosier runs.
After giving up his only earned run of the day in the sixth, Hoffman slammed the door shut as his Hoosiers stretched their lead to 9-6 by game's end. Chris Sujka singled, stole second and later scored on Chad Clark's piercing single through the left-side for Indiana's ninth and final run of the contest.
Following Wednesday's game against the nationally-ranked Wildcats, IU heads to Evanston for their final road series of the regular season. The series finale versus Northwestern on Sunday will be aired live on the Big Ten Network.