Morris Cruises as No. 8 Indiana Blanks Michigan, 5-0
May 23, 2014
OMAHA, Neb. - Sophomore Christian Morris carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning, allowed just one hit in seven and watched as a five-run seventh lifted the No. 8 Indiana baseball team (40-13) to a 5-0 victory over fifth-seeded Michigan (29-28-1) in the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday evening at TD Ameritrade Park. The top-seeded Hoosiers will next play on Saturday at 1 p.m. CT/2 p.m. ET against the winner of tomorrow's Michigan State (six seed)-Illinois (three seed) game.
Tracy Smith, the Big Ten's two-time reigning Coach of the Year, collected his 600th career win as his charges have won 13-of-14 and 28 of their last 31 ballgames.
Morris, a first team all-conference selection, improved to 6-3 and struck out four Wolverines with just two bases on balls. Sophomore Scott Effross and redshirt freshman Jake Kelzer did not allow a hit in the eighth and ninth innings, respectively, as IU recorded its seventh shutout, five against conference teams, in 2014.
Michigan starter Brett Adcock (7-4) did not allow a hit until the sixth as well, but he and Morris both posted zeroes in the runs column. That would change in the top of the seventh.
Senior third baseman Dustin DeMuth hustled into second with a leadoff double and advanced to third when junior catcher Brad Hartong flied out to right field. Junior right fielder Will Nolden notched the game's first RBI with an infield single as DeMuth touched home.
Sophomore shortstop Nick Ramos followed with an infield single and two batters later, junior second baseman Casey Rodrigue gave Morris a cushion with a rocket into the right-center field gap for a two-out, two run triple.
Kyle Schwarber kept the line moving with a long home run to right field, the 11th of the season for the junior left fielder and the final two of Indiana's five runs.
Rodrigue went 1-for-3 with the two RBIs and one run scored. He is 4-for-6 with four RBIs, two runs and two triples in the two tournament games.
Ramos posted his second consecutive 2-for-4 night and has one run batted in and a pair of runs.
Junior center fielder Tim O'Conner broke up Adcock's no-hitter with a leadoff single through the left side in the sixth. Rodrigue followed with a four-pitch walk, but Adcock set down the next three to keep it scoreless.
Morris opened the game retiring the first seven U-M batters he faced and had a stretch of nine in a row with two outs in the sixth when third baseman Jacob Cronenworth ended his no-hit bid with a base knock past Rodrigue.
The Hoosiers put a mild threat together in the first. Junior first baseman Sam Travis nearly became the first hitter in the ballpark's history to hit a home run between the gaps, taking center fielder Jackson Glines to the left center field wall about 400 feet from home plate.
Schwarber walked before Travis's long out and junior designated hitter Scott Donley drew a free pass after it. With two down, Adcock escaped the jam and went onto retire the next 13 batters he faced.
IU's starters have gone 49 straight starts without surrendering more than three earned runs. In their last 14 starts, they have given up just five earned runs in 75.2 innings.
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