Hoosiers Advance to NCAA Regional Title Game
June 2, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana Baseball's 15-6 drubbing of Austin Peay (46-14) Saturday night inserted the Hoosiers into an NCAA Regional title game while also ending the longest winning streak in country. The Governors had won 16 straight games before IU dropped them into an elimination game with Valparaiso Sunday at 1:05 pm ET.
The winner of the APSU vs. Valpo contest faces Indiana at 7:05 pm Sunday evening. Win and the Hoosiers advance to a Super Regional. Lose and IU gets another chance Monday night at 7:05 pm.
Six different Hoosiers poked a pair of hits and four drove in three or more runs. On the mound, Joey DeNato posted yet another quality start going six innings and allowing three earned runs on six hits, two walks while striking out nine. The southpaw from San Diego responded after giving up a 3-run homer in the first inning, no-hitting Austin Peay over his last four innings of work.
DeNato's effort earned him the 23rd win of his career and ninth of the season. Those totals give him a share of third and fourth place, respectively, all-time in school history for career and single-season wins. His name was etched all over the IU record books after Saturday's performance:
Dustin DeMuth took care of some record book editing as well, leading off the second inning with his 21st double of 2013. That's the third-most two-baggers ever at IU and just one shy of Mickey Morandini's second-best total of 22 in 1986. It not only was significant historically but also ignited a five-run inning to counter APSU's 3-run homer in the opening frame. Indiana's explosion was highlighted by Sam Travis' missile off the scoreboard beyond the left field fence.
After a passed ball aided the Governors to an unearned tally in the second, Indiana blew the doors open by posting crooked number on the scoreboard in four consecutive innings. Austin Peay issued 12 walks and the Hoosiers took advantage by plating seven of the walkees, thanks in large part to 14 base hits.
Travis and Kyle Schwarber both drove in three runs, only to be outdone by 4-RBI days for Scott Donley and Michael Basil. Travis account for seven runs in total, scoring four of his own. Schwarber wasn't far behind, scoring three in addition to his three RBI.
Donley virtually sealed the deal in the fifth, sending a bases-clearing double all the way to the wall in right center field. He is now 40-for-83 (.482) with runners in scoring position this season, resulting in a team-high 56 RBI.
In six postseason games, Travis is 12-of-22 (.545) with three homeruns, three doubles, 11 RBI and a 1.091 slugging percentage. He has also been walked six times, resulting in a .612 on-base percentage.
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