First Place Hoosiers Travel To Second Place Illinois For Weekend Series
April 24, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The 13th ranked Indiana University baseball team (26-11, 11-1 Big Ten) returns to the road this weekend, travelling to Champaign, Ill., to take on the Illinois Fighting Illini (22-15, 9-3 Big Ten). The Hoosiers hold the top spot in the Big Ten standings by two games over second place Illinois.
The Hoosiers topped the Ball State Cardinals on Wednesday, 10-1. The teams traded runs in the first two innings but, with the game tied 1-1 going to the bottom of the sixth inning, the IU bats came alive. Indiana proceeded to post nine runs in the inning, the most in an inning by an IU team since April 4, 2010. Brad Hartong went 2-of-5 at the plate with a home run and five RBI.
In the first game against the Spartans last weekend, 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).
Illinois split a pair of midweek games this week, most recently a 5-2 loss at Busch Stadium in St. Louis to Missouri.The Illini posted a series sweep last weekend against Penn State to jump up into second place in the Big Ten standings.
Probable Starting Pitchers
Saturday, April 26 - 4:00 pm ET
Sunday, April 27 - 2:00 pm ET
DID YOU KNOW?
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 2.48 ranks 16th in the country this season
ROAD, SWEET B1G ROAD
HARTONG COMING ON STRONG
BULLPEN CLOSING DOOR
Over the last five games, the IU bullpen has pitched a total of 19 innings, giving up zero runs on 11 hits and 19 strikeouts.
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