Schwarber and Travis Play Long Ball as No. 8 Indiana Tops Penn State, 8-1
May 10, 2014
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Sam Travis and Kyle Schwarber both hit solo home runs as No. 8 Indiana (34-12, 18-2) used six extra-base hits to defeat Penn State (17-28, 5-14) on Saturday afternoon, 8-1. Coming into the series, no one had hit a home run all year at Medlar Field, Schwarber and Travis have combined for three long balls in two games so far there this weekend.
Travis also added an RBI double as he went 2-for-5 on the day with two RBI and a pair of runs scored. The home run was his ninth of the season. Travis now has 49 RBI on the year to lead the team and the Big Ten.
Schwarber's solo shot was his lone hit of the day as he also reached on a walk to score two times. His home run ties Travis for the team lead. Schwarber's RBI total is now 31 on the year.
Dustin DeMuth had two RBI with a double as he went 3-for-4 on the day to increase his 2014 batting average to .384. He also scored twice. DeMuth has reached base safely in 43 straight games.
Casey Rodrigue connected on his fourth triple of the year to lead off the game and finished his day going 2-for-4 at the plate with a run scored. Brad Hartong also had a multi-hit day with a pair of hits that led to two RBI and a run scored.
Starting pitcher Christian Morris improved to 4-3 on the year with the win. The sophomore threw 7.0 innings, giving up just one earned run while scattering six hits with three strikeouts and two walks. Luke Harrison and Scott Effross both came on in relief and each went an inning without giving up a hit.
Penn State scored its only run of the game in the opening frame as the first two batters reached with a double and a walk. They were moved over on a sacrifice bunt. J.J. White then connected on an RBI single to center field to put the Nittany Lions in front 1-0.
Indiana used a two-out rally to score its first three runs of the game in the top of the third. After the first two Hoosier batters were retired in the inning, Rodrigue hit a single to the right side and then stole second. Kyle Schwarber followed with a walk.
Travis then picked up his first RBI of the day with a double off the left field wall to bring home Rodrigue. Scott Donley worked a walk to load the bases as DeMuth stepped to the plate. On the very next pitch, DeMuth went the opposite way for a two-RBI single through the left side that gave Indiana a 3-1 lead.
In the top of the fifth, Travis stepped into the box with two outs and connected for a solo home run over the left field wall for his second home run in as many days.
In the following inning, Indiana connected for three hits on the first three pitches of the frame to score twice. A DeMuth single to lead off the top of the sixth was followed by a Hartong double on the next pitch to score DeMuth before a Nolden single to center brought home Hartong. IU then led 6-1.
Schwarber opened the top of the seventh with a solo home run to center. A DeMuth double and Hartong single then plated Indiana's final run of the day.
The Hoosiers will look for the sweep of the Nittany Lions on Sunday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET from Medlar Field.
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