No. 8 Indiana Falls to Minnesota in Extra Innings, 2-1
May 16, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The No. 8 Indiana baseball team (36-13, 19-3 Big Ten) saw its nine-game winning streak snapped by Minnesota, 2-1, in 10 innings on Thursday evening at Bart Kaufman Field. IU has clinched a share of the Big Ten regular season title and holds a two-game advantage over Nebraska with two games remaining.
Hoosiers starter Joey DeNato went nine innings and gave up one earned run on five hits with seven strikeouts. The senior southpaw is 11-1 with a 1.83 ERA this season.
Indiana put threats together in the ninth and 10th innings, but it was the Golden Gophers (27-20, 13-9 Big Ten) who pushed across the game-winner. With two outs in the 10th, shortstop Connor Schaefbauer doubled off the glove of a fully-extended Brad Hartong inside the chalk down the left field line to bring home center fielder Dan Motl from first base.
Hartong ripped a two-bagger just inside the first base bag to open the 10th only to be stranded there as left-hander Dalton Sawyer (6-4) retired the next three Hoosiers in order.
In the ninth inning, IU put its first two runners aboard at first and second and again came up empty.
Both teams scored in the third inning before DeNato and Minnesota starter Alec Crawford took over. DeNato faced one over the minimum his final four frames, while Crawford went eight strong and allowed the one run on just three hits with one walk and three punchouts.
After the Golden Gophers pushed across the game's first run, Will Nolden kicked off the Indiana third with a bunt single. The junior right fielder advanced to third after a hit batsman and a Casey Rodrigue single, and scored on a Kyle Schwarber groundout.
Minnesota limited the Hoosiers offense to four hits. Schwarber walked twice to go along with the RBI and junior designated hitter Scott Donley delivered a single.
Schaefbauer went 3-for-4 with both Golden Gophers RBI, while Motl had two hits in four at-bats and scored both runs.
The loss also halted IU's eight game conference winning streak. Despite the loss, Indiana has won 24 of its last 27 games, is 16-3 at home in 2014 and 35-6 all-time at Bart Kaufman Field.
Game two's first pitch is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. tomorrow followed by Saturday's regular season finale at 3:05 p.m.
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