Schwarber's Blast Propels No. 8 Indiana Over No. 5 Louisville
May 13, 2014
LOUISVILLE - The eighth ranked Indiana baseball team completed the season sweep of No. 5 Louisville on Tuesday, posting a 7-2 win at Jim Patterson Stadium for the third win in as many tries against the Cardinals this season.
Dating back to last season, Indiana has won four straight over Louisville and six of the last seven meetings.
The Hoosiers have now won 24 of the last 26 games overall this season, including nine in a row.
Kyle Schwarber clubbed a mammoth - in more ways than one - home run over the batters eye in center field. Not only was it one of the more impressive home runs seen by most in attendance, it also increased the IU lead from two runs to five runs in the ninth inning. It was his 10th home run of the season and 36th of his career.
Scott Donley went 3-for-5 with two runs scored while Will Nolden also had three hits and two RBI. Perhaps the biggest at-bat of the night came from Tim O'Conner, whose chopper over the mound in the ninth inning scored Will Nolden from third to give Indiana a 4-2 lead.
Luke Harrison (5-0) tossed four innings of two-hit relief, allowing one run and striking out four to pick up the win. He came in relief of starting pitcher Sullivan Stadler, who allowed no runs on two hits with one walk and two strikeouts over three innings.
Scott Effross allowed one run on two hits while recording two outs before Jake Kelzer came to get the final out of the eighth inning and then record the final three outs in the ninth for his first career save.
Indiana got on the board first in the top of the second inning when Scott Donley and Dustin DeMuth reached with singles and then moved into scoring position on a sac bunt by Brad Hartong. Nolden then stepped in and hit the first pitch he saw into right field, allowing both runs to score to put the Hoosiers ahead, 2-0.
Donley opened the top of the sixth with his first triple of the season, drilling the pitch to right field. After DeMuth walked to extend his streak of consecutive games reaching base to 45, Hartong lifted a fly ball to center field that easily scored Donley to make it a 3-0 Indiana lead.
Louisville scored single runs in the seventh and eighth inning to cut the Hoosiers lead to 3-2.
In the top of the ninth, Nolden lined a one out single up the middle and then moved up to second base on an errant pickoff attempt by the Louisville pitcher. Nick Ramos dropped a single into right field and Nolden was held up at third base. O'Conner stepped in the box and on a 2-2 count, hit a chopper just over the head of the pitcher and the only play was to retire O'Conner at first, allowing Nolden to score standing up and make it a 4-2 advantage. Casey Rodrigue continued the inning by drawing a walk to set the state for Schwarber's home run.
The Hoosiers will close out the regular season this week at Bart Kaufman Field, hosting Minnesota for a three-game series starting on Thursday at 8:05 p.m. ET. The two teams will then play at 8:05 p.m. ET on Friday and 3:05 p.m. on Saturday. All three games will be televised live on Big Ten Network.
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