Hoosiers Earn B1G Regular Season Title Outright With 7-3 Win Over Minnesota
May 16, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The eighth ranked Indiana baseball team (37-13, 20-3 Big Ten) recorded a 7-3 victory over Minnesota at Bart Kaufman Field, clinching the Big Ten regular season title outright. It is the second straight season the Hoosiers have won the regular season title outright.
The Hoosiers have won 25 of the last 28 games and are now 36-5 all-time at Bart Kaufman Field since it opened to start the 2013 season.
Nick Ramos was 2-for-3 at the plate with two runs scores while Dustin DeMuth picked up two more hits - giving him 304 in his career to lead all active NCAA baseball players - and drove in a run. Will Nolden drew three walks and scored a pair of runs as well.
Christian Morris (5-3) earned the win on the mound, allowing one unearned run on four hits over 5.1 innings and fanning five. He also lowered his season ERA to 1.85 in the process.
Luke Harrison tossed 1.1 inning of relief, also allowing one unearned run on one hit to go with three strikeouts. Sullivan Stadler recorded one out before Thomas Belcher came on to close out the final 2.0 innings, giving up one run in the ninth inning but still earned his fourth save of the season.
In the bottom of the second inning, Scott Donley led off with a walk and moved to second on a single by DeMuth. Donley advanced to third on a fielder's choice before Nolden beat out a double play attempt at first base, allowing Donley to score the game's first run.
The fourth inning saw more two out lightening for the Indiana bats and it began with a double by Brad Hartong, extending his active hit streak to 14 games. After Nolden drew a walk, Ramos singled up the middle to drive in Hartong and make it a 2-0 Indiana lead. Tim O'Connner then reached on a throwing error by the Gophers, allowing Nolden and Ramos to both cross the plate and make it a 4-1 advantage for the Hoosiers.
Then with two outs in the fifth inning, Donley reached on an error by the Minnesota left fielder and came around to score on a DeMuth single.
To close out the scoring, Indiana scored two more runs in the eighth inning and once again Nolden and Ramos were in the middle of things. Nolden drew a leadoff walk and Ramos followed with a double. Nolden scored on a passed ball and Ramos crossed the plate on a bloop pinch-hit single by Ricky Alfonso to make it a 7-2 edge.
Minnesota tallied one run in the top of the ninth but Belcher closed the door on any further rally.
Looking ahead to the Big Ten Tournament next week in Omaha, Indiana will be the No. 1 seed and will play at 5 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network.
Indiana will look to win the series on Saturday in the regular season finale starting a 3:05 p.m. The game will be televised on Big Ten Network.
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