Hoosiers Move Into First Place of B1G Standings
May 12, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana whacked 16 hits on Sunday, scoring nine runs and earning the sixth Big Ten series victory of the season. IU starting pitcher Aaron Slegers limited the Northwestern lineup to two runs, picking up the eighth win of his redshirt sophomore campaign.
The 14th-ranked Hoosiers (37-11, 15-6 Big Ten) will now enter the final weekend of the regular season alone atop the conference standings. Indiana's 9-2 victory over the Wildcats (22-23, 9-15) places IU in the driver's seat for what would be the first regular season Big Ten title since 1949.
Slegers etched his name into the school record books with his eighth win, pulling even with nine other players for the ninth-most wins in a single season. Freshman Evan Bell finished up on the mound, working the final 2.1 shutout innings.
Dustin DeMuth continued his absolute tear, going 4-for-4 with two runs and an RBI. He is riding a nine-game hitting streak and has reached base successfully in 18 consecutive contests. During the nine-game stretch, DeMuth is batting at a .606 clip and has totaled two homeruns, two doubles and seven RBI. Overall in 2013, the junior third baseman has placed himself in contention for the B1G batting crown. He ranks second with a .417 average, giving chase to Illinois' Justin Parr at .430.
DeMuth wasn't the only one swinging hot for Indiana, however. Ten different Hoosiers recorded a hit and five drove in a run or more. On Senior Day each of the three senior position players poked base knocks, including two hits, an RBI and run scored for both Michael Basil and Justin Cureton.
Indiana jumped out to a 6-0 lead, plating two in the second and four more in the fourth frame. Basil and DeMuth got it started with back-to-back singles in the second before both moving up a base on Casey Smith's sacrifice bunt. Nick Ramos took care of the rest, bringing them home with a single into left field.
DeMuth was back at it again in the fourth inning, one of five Hoosiers to connect on singles. Sam Travis capped off the four-run frame by yanking a pitch down the line to push IU ahead 6-0.
Northwestern got on the board in the top of the sixth, dragging in a pair of tallies. Indiana's response was swift, answering with three runs in the home half. The trifecta all came with two outs. After being issued a pair of two-out walks, Scott Donley, Basil and DeMuth capitalized with three straight run-scoring singles.
The Cream and Crimson hit the road for one last midweek contest on Tuesday, heading to Lexington, Ky., for a showdown against the Kentucky Wildcats.
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