April 22, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The 13th ranked Indiana University baseball team (25-11, 11-1 Big Ten) closes out its 9-game homestand with a non-conference battle against Ball State (27-13, 11-3 MAC) at Bart Kaufman Field on Wednesday. Indiana is 7-1 on the home stand and have won 13 of 14 games overall after registering a three game sweep of Michigan State over the weekend.
In the first game against the Spartans, senior LHP Joey DeNato tossed 8.0 shutout innings, allowing just five hits to go with five strikeouts to get his 32nd career win and improve to 8-1 on the season. He also increased his career innings pitched total to 324.0, a new IU record. For his efforts, he was named co-Big Ten Pitcher of the Week, the second time he has received the award this season and the third of his career. In addition to that record, DeNato is also the IU career leader in wins (32) and strikeouts (262).
Game two saw the two teams battle into the 12th inning before Casey Rodrigue delivered a walk-off single to center field. Scott Effross pitched the final inning to pick up his third victory of the season.
The series finale once again featured a pitching duel and it was Brian Korte that did the work for the Hoosiers. But it wasn't until a 2-run double in the eighth inning from Sam Travis that Indiana took the lead for good and went on to win, 4-1.
The Cardinals are 2-1 this season against Big Ten foes, defeating Ohio State in Columbus last Wednesday by a score of 8-6. The other win was against Northwestern while the loss came at the hands of Iowa.
Probable Starting Pitchers
Wednesday, April 23 - 6:05 pm ET
So. LHP #24 Sullivan Stadler (1-1. 5.11) vs. Sr., LHP #33 Clay Manering (1-3, 6.99)
DID YOU KNOW?
Senior Dustin DeMuth leads all NCAA active hitters - regardless of division - with 283 career hits.
Senior LHP Joey DeNato leads all NCAA Division I active pitchers with 32 career victories and ranks third in career innings pitched (324.0).
Junior Sam Travis ranks 15th among all NCAA active hitters with 144 career RBI.
The Hoosiers' team ERA of 2.52 ranks 17th in the country this season
ROAD, SWEET B1G ROAD
After posting back-to-back series sweeps at Ohio State and at Iowa, the Hoosiers have won their last eight consecutive road games in Big Ten play dating back to the end of the 2013 regular season (2 wins at Ohio State).
Indiana had recorded just one hit against Western Kentucky as the teams headed to the 10th inning. But Will Nolden poked one through the right side and then stole second base with two outs. Tim O'Conner then delivered the two-strike RBI single that landed on the right field chalk to score Nolden easily and give IU the 1-0 victory. It was the first walk-off win for Indiana since May of 2013 when Chad Clark sent a home run out to left field in the NCAA Regional against Valparaiso.
The Hoosiers followed that up with a walk-off single by Casey Rodrigue in the bottom of the 12th inning against Michigan State on April 19.
Indiana's staff earned run average of 2.52 is the best in the Big Ten, and one of just two teams with a team ERA of less than 3.00. In Big Ten play (12 games), that team ERA drops all the way down to 1.54, also tops in the conference by over a full run. IU has three of the top-10 individual ERAs in the conference (all games); represented by Scott Effross (1st, 1.41), Joey DeNato (6th, 2.12) and Christian Morris (8th, 2.49). The team ERA ranks 17th in the country entering play this week.
Senior LHP Joey DeNato has etched his name firmly at the top of most pitching lists at Indiana. He is the career recordl holder for wins (32), strikeouts (262) and innings pitched (324.0). He is a Big Ten best 8-1 this season with an ERA of 2.12. In 10 starts this season, he has posted a quality start in eight (6.0 IP and 3 ER or less).
TRAVIS TRUMPS ALL
Junior1B Sam Travis is hitting .362 overall this season and .385 in Big Ten play. He leads the Big Ten in hits (54) and RBI (37). In Big Ten games, he has registered two home runs and a team-best 12 RBI. The right-handed power hitter also has a pair of multi-home run games to his credit this season.
SCHWARBER IS SCHWINGIN' IT
Junior C/OF Kyle Schwarber has continued to anchor the heart of the IU lineup, fitting into the No. 2 spot in the batting order in recent weeks. He's hitting at a .338 clip with a team-leading six home runs to go with 21 RBI. Defensively, he has also committed just three errors in 247 chances.
HOT CORNER ON A HOT STREAK
IU third baseman Dustin DeMuth is swinging a hot stick lately, despite seeing his 16-game hit streak come to an end in the series finale at Iowa. During the hit streak, he hit .452 with 12 RBI and 13 runs scored. In addition, DeMuth has reached base successfully in 33 consecutive contests entering Wednesday's game vs. Ball State.