May 1, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The 11th ranked Indiana University baseball team (29-12, 13-2 Big Ten) will play host to the Purdue Boilermakers (12-29, 5-10 Big Ten) in a three game series at Bart Kaufman Field. It is the first meeting between the two teams since the met in the championship game of the 2012 Big Ten Tournament in Columbus, Ohio. The two teams did not meet during the regular season the last two seasons.
After winning the series at Illinois over the weekend, Indiana jumped up two spots to No. 2 in the NCAA RPI rankings. The Hoosiers are also firmly inside the Top 20 in most of the national polls this week as well, topping out at No. 11 in the Collegiate Baseball News poll.
On Wednesday, IU traveled to Miami (OH) and brought their bats with them, knocking around a season-high 20 hits that led to a season-high 16 runs in a 16-1 victory. Tim O'Conner, hitting out of the ninth spot in the batting order, led IU with a 4-for-4 day at the plate with four RBI. Kyle Schwarber clubbed his seventh home run of the season to tie for the team lead. Sam Travis was 3-for-5 at the plate with two RBI while Dustin DeMuth extended his streak to 38 straight games reaching base safely.
Indiana OF/C Brad Hartong was named Big Ten Player of the Week by the conference office on Monday, becoming the seventh different Hoosier to be named Player or Pitcher of the Week this season. He joins Casey Rodrigue, Sam Travis, Kyle Schwarber, Dustin DeMuth, Joey DeNato and Kyle Hart as weekly award recipients. In the four games last week, Hartong hit .529 with one home run and 10 RBI and helped the Hoosiers win the weekend series at Illinois.
Probable Starting Pitchers
Friday, May 2 - 7:05 pm ET
Sr. LHP #23 Joey DeNato (9-1, 2,26) vs. r-So., RHP #34 Connor Podkul (0-3, 6.75)
Saturday, May 3 - 2:05 pm ET
So. RHP #21 Christian Morris (2-3, 2.47) vs. So., LHP #28 Jordan Minch (1-5, 4.77)
Sunday, May 4 - 12:05 pm ET
Sr. LHP #27 Brian Korte (2-1, 2.49) vs. r-So., RHP #42 Gavin Downs (2-5, 3.61)
DID YOU KNOW?
Senior Dustin DeMuth leads all NCAA active hitters - regardless of division - with 288 career hits.
Senior LHP Joey DeNato leads all NCAA Division I active pitchers with 33 career victories and ranks second in career innings pitched (332.0).
Junior Sam Travis ranks 15th among all NCAA active hitters with 149 career RBI.
Junior Kyle Schwarber ranks 12th among active Division I players with 155 runs scored.
The Hoosiers' team ERA of 2.47 ranks 13th in the country this season
Over the last nine games, the IU bullpen has pitched a total of 29.1 innings, giving up one run on 18 hits and 31 strikeouts.
ROAD, SWEET B1G ROAD
After posting back-to-back series sweeps at Ohio State and at Iowa this season and then winning 2-fo-3 at Illinois, the Hoosiers have won their last 10 out of the last 11 Big Ten road games dating back to the end of the 2013 regular season (2 wins at Ohio State).
HARTONG COMING ON STRONG
Brad Hartong was named Big Ten Player of the Week on Monday after hitting .529 with one home run and 10 RBI to help the Hoosiers to a 3-1 record last week. He drove in five runs against Ball State in the sixth inning alone and then have five more RBI in the weekend series at Illinois. Earlier this season, he had a 6-game hit streak end on April 13, during which he provided another power bat in the already potent Indiana lineup. During the streak, he hit .348 with 2 home runs, 10 RBI and nine runs scored. In the last 16 games, Hartong has racked up 23 of his 33 hits this season as well as 27 of his 29 RBI on the year.
HOOSIERS STOCKPILING WEEKLY ACCOLADES
The Big Ten Conference has selected 28 Player and Pitcher of the Week honorees this season and nine have gone to Hoosiers. Kyle Schwarber, Casey Rodrigue, Dustin DeMuth, Sam Travis and Brad Hartong have been named Player of the Week while Joey DeNato (twice) and Kyle Hart (twice) were tabbed the conference's Pitcher of the Week.
Indiana's staff earned run average of 2.47 is the best in the Big Ten (13th in country), and one of just two teams with a team ERA of less than 3.00. In Big Ten play (15 games), that team ERA drops all the way down to 1.79, also tops in the conference by nearly a full run. IU has two pitchers in the top 10 of the conference in ERA (Big Ten games), led by Luke Harrison's conference-best 0.56 ERA in 10 appearances.
Senior LHP Joey DeNato has etched his name firmly at the top of most pitching lists at Indiana. He is the career record holder for wins (33), strikeouts (267) and innings pitched (332.0). He is a Big Ten best 9-1 this season with an ERA of 2.26. In 11 starts this season, he has posted a quality start in nine (6.0 IP and 3 ER or less). His most recent start, at Illinois, saw him got eight innings and allowed three runs on 11 hits to get the win.
TRAVIS TRUMPS ALL
Junior 1B Sam Travis is hitting .367 overall this season and .391 in Big Ten play. He leads the Big Ten in hits (62) and RBI (42). In Big Ten games, he has registered four home runs and a team-best 15 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, slotting into the No. 2 spot in the batting order after spending some time early in the year in the leadoff spot. He's hitting at a .327 clip with seven home runs to go with 28 RBI and a team-best 39 runs scored. Defensively, he has also committed just three errors in 268 chances (.977).
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 38 consecutive contests entering the Purdue series. The senior, who was selected in the 8th round of the MLB draft last season and elected to return to Indiana, is second on the team with a .362 batting average in all games. In Big Ten play, that average increases to .415.