Razor-Sharp Aaron Slegers Guides #14 IU to Victory
May 6, 2013
LINCOLN, Neb. - A big-time performance from the big fella, six-foot-ten Aaron Slegers, propelled #14 Indiana Baseball to another Big Ten series victory. The Hoosiers (36-9, 13-5 Big Ten) dominated a Monday afternoon rubber match at Nebraska (21-25, 12-6), jumping all over the home team in a 10-2 winner. Slegers blanked the Huskers through the first eight innings and improved to 7-1 on the season with the win.
Indiana has now won five of six conference series, including three sweeps, to sit at 13-5 with six league games remaining. The .722 winning percentage places IU second in the B1G standings, just .011 percentage points behind Minnesota (11-4, .733). The Gophers had an entire weekend series wiped out a few backs due to inclement weather, forcing the regular season Big Ten title to be determined by final winning percentage.
Slegers final line read: 8.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K. Freshman Scott Effross came out of the bullpen to record the final two outs of the ballgame.
Junior third baseman Dustin DeMuth led the way offensively, driving in a total of four runs, a trio coming via the long-ball. The LaPorte, Ind., native roped a line-drive homerun over the right field wall in the fifth inning, scoring three runs. He later added an RBI-double in the ninth.
Chad Clark capped off his impressive series with two more runs driven. He tallied a total of five RBI while in Lincoln, also extending his current hitting streak to five games.
The #HotStartHoosiers got right after it in the first inning, scoring in the opening frame for the 23rd time this season. Indiana now owns a 46-12 run margin in the first inning. Justin Cureton led off with a walk, stole second, moved to third on a fly ball and came into score via passed ball.
Indiana dragged across another lone tally in the second stanza on a Casey Smith singled followed by Clark's RBI-double into the left field corner. DeMuth blew it open three frames later with his third homer of the year, a three-run shot.
Runs kept coming in the late goings, tacking on five more tallies before it was all said and done. Tim O'Conner had himself a day after entering the game as a defensive replacement in the eighth. He cranked an RBI-single in the top half of the ninth before ending the game with an outfield assist for the final out in the bottom half.
The Cream and Crimson is back on the road on Wednesday for a midweek showdown at #10 Louisville. It marks the third meeting between the two schools in 2013 with IU taking the first two. Indiana shutout the Cardinals, 2-0, in the season open down in Florida and seized a 6-2 triumph at home in late March.
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