April 10, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The No. 23 Indiana University baseball team (19-10) continues its homestand with a three game series against the Morehead State Eagles (16-16) starting at 7 p.m. on Friday. The Hoosiers are riding a seven game win streak into the weekend, with the first six wins coming on the road in Big Ten play. They opened the 9-game homestand with a 8-4 victory over Indiana State on Wednesday. Morehead State picked up a 6-4 victory over Kentucky in their midweek game.
The Hoosiers are coming off a three-game series sweep at Iowa, where they outscored the Hawkeyes 25-9 and hit eight home runs. They hit eight home runs in the series at Iowa and then added two more against the Sycamores on Wednesday. Thomas Belcher picked up his first win of the season on Wednesday, surrendering two runs on four hits and three strikeouts over 4.0 innings of relief. Brad Hartong hit a two-run home run and a two-run single to lead the IU bats while Sam Travis continued his torrid hitting with at 3-run homer, his third of the year.
Travis was named Big Ten Player of the Week on Tuesday and he enters the weekend riding a 8-game hit streak. During the streak he is hitting .528 with three home runs, 12 RBI and nine runs scored.
Friday, April 11 - 7:05 pm ET
Sr. LHP Joey DeNato (6-1. 2.49) vs. Fr., RHP Luke Humphreys (2-1, 6.75)
Saturday, April 12 - 2:05 pm ET
So. RHP Christian Morris (1-2, 2.27) vs. So., RHP Matt Anderson (1-4, 5.14)
Sunday, April 13 - 1:05 pm ET
So. LHP Will Coursen-Carr (2-2, 3.03) vs. So. RHP Willie Sligh (0-3, 11.14)
LAST TIME WITH 14 RUNS IN BIG TEN GAME
The Hoosiers put 14 runs on the board in game two at Iowa, cruising to the 14-3 victory. It is the most runs in a Big Ten regular season game since scoring 16 at Iowa on March 30, 2013.
BULLPEN CLOSING DOOR
Hoosier relievers have locked down leads in the late innings this season, evidenced by Indiana's 16-0 record when leading after six innings and 17-0 mark when on top with seven frames in the books.
ROAD, SWEET B1G ROAD
After posting back-to-back series sweeps at Ohio State and at Iowa, the Hoosiers have now won their last eight consecutive road games in Big Ten play.
BIG, BAD BRAD
In the last week, Brad Hartong has added yet another power bat to the Indiana lineup. Over the last four games, he is has racked up a pair of home runs and eight RBI to go with five runs scored while hitting sixth in the batting order. Most recently, he launched a two-run home run against Indiana State (April 9).
RINGING THE BELL
Relief pitcher Evan Bell has added stability to the Hoosiers bullpen in recent weeks. In a three inning outing at Iowa, he picked up his second win of the season by allowing just two hits to help preserve the series sweep. He also pitched an inning of relief on Wednesday against Indiana State and did not allow a run while striking out one. Prior to the Iowa series, he had pitched a total of 1.2 innings this season.
The Hoosiers used the home run to take the first two games at Iowa, but the most impressive display came in game one. In the third inning of a scoreless game, Kyle Schwarber, Sam Travis and Scott Donley hit home runs in consecutive at bats to propel IU to the 6-3 win.
POWER SURGE IN IOWA CITY
Indiana brought their power bats with them to Iowa City, hitting eight homes runs over the first two games of the series - four in both games. At the time, those eight homes runs were more than seven other Big Ten TEAMS had at that point in the season.