Curtain Closes On Historic IU Baseball Season
June 20, 2013
OMAHA - The greatest season in Indiana University Baseball history came to an end with the first shutout in the 65 games of 2013, dropping a 1-0 decision to #3 Oregon State (52-12). Indiana concludes the season with an overall mark of 49-16 and the first College World Series appearance in school history.
Wednesday night, Indiana simply ran into a buzzsaw named Matt Boyd. The Beaver starting pitcher tossed a complete game shutout, OSU's 12th blanking of the season, and struck out 11. Not to be lost in Boyd's performance is the spectacular effort from Aaron Slegers. The Twins' fifth round draft pick also worked all nine innings, surrendering a lone run on seven hits and two walks.
The only run of the game came in the fourth inning. Oregon State led off with a single followed by a perfectly executed `slash' play resulting in a double down the line. A fly ball to right came next, sacrificing an out for the eventual game-winning tally as the runner at third base tagged up and scored.
Indiana threatened in the bottom of the fifth when Basil broke up Boyd's no-hit bid with a single into right field and Dustin DeMuth laid down a bunt single to place Basil in scoring position. A pair of pop flies came next though, snuffing out the Hoosier opportunity.
In the seventh stanza, Indiana's double play duo of Basil and Chad Clark converted the Hoosiers' 71st double play (ranks in the top-10 nationally) of the year. Not only was it a twin killing, but it also marked IU's fourth ESPN SportsCenter Top-10 Play of the postseason coming in at #10 Wednesday night. Basil chased down a chopper deep in the hole, backhand flipped it to Clark who had to make a barehand catch and throw to `roll em up.'
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