May 13, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The eighth ranked Indiana University baseball team (35-12, 19-2 Big Ten) clinched at least a share of the Big Ten regular season crown with a series sweep at Penn State over the weekend, outscoring the Nittany Lions 27-3 over the three games. The Hoosiers have won 23 of the last 25 games entering Tuesday's game at Louisville and have won the first two meetings with the Cardinals this season.
IU claimed a 6-2 triumph at Louisville on March 1 behind 7.0 innings from LHP Joey DeNato in which Louisville managed one unearned run on five hits. Scott Effross pitched the final two innings and allowed a run on four hits. Kyle Schwarber went 2-for-2 with three runs scored and two RBI in the game.
In the second meeting of the season with Louisville, this time at Bart Kaufman Field, Sullivan Stadler allowed three runs on five hits over five innings to pick up the win in a 9-3 Indiana win. Thomas Belcher pitched the final four innings to earn the save, surrenedering zero runs on three hits.
The 19 wins in Big Ten play are the most in a single season for Indiana in program history.
Junior 1B Sam Travis clubbed three home runs at Penn State over the weekend - one in each game - to give him a team-best 10 long balls this season. Entering the series at PSU, there had been no home runs hit at Medlar Field but Indiana hit four as a team.
Probable Starting Pitchers
Tuesday, May 13 - 6:00 pm ET
So., LHP #24 Sullivan Stadler (2-1, 3.38) vs. Fr., LHP #20 Drew Harrington (3-0, 4.66)
DID YOU KNOW?
Senior Dustin DeMuth leads all NCAA active hitters - regardless of division - with 301 career hits.
Senior LHP Joey DeNato leads all NCAA Division I active pitchers with 35 career victories and ranks second in career innings pitched (345.0).
Junior Sam Travis ranks ninth among all NCAA active hitters with 159 career RBI.
Travis also leads the Big Ten with 448 chances in the field this season and has yet to commit an error.
Junior Kyle Schwarber ranks 10th among active Division I players with 169 runs scored.
The Hoosiers' team ERA of 2.30 ranks ninth in the country this season
Over the last 15 games, the IU bullpen has pitched a total of 50.0 innings, giving up five earned runs on 31 hits and 53 strikeouts.
In Big Ten play, Indiana has outscored its opponents by a 145-43 margin.
CLINCHING AT LEAST A SHARE OF BIG TEN
After posting a three game series sweep at Penn State last weekend, Indiana clinched at least a tie for the Big Ten regular season crown. With a three game lead and three games left in the Big Ten season, the Hoosiers just need one victory over Minnesota to clinch the title outright. Nebraska and Illinois are both three games back entering their series against each other in Lincoln this weekend.
ROAD, SWEET B1G ROAD
IU has swept series at Ohio State, Iowa and Penn State this season and won the series at Illinois to post a 11-1 mark on the road in conference play. The Hoosiers have won their last 13 out of the last 14 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 (April 28) after hitting .529 with one home run and 10 RBI to help the Hoosiers to a 3-1 record for the 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 22 games, Hartong has racked up 32 of his 42 hits this season as well as 30 of his 32 RBI on the year. Since April 13, he has raised his season average from .269 to .339.
Indiana's staff earned run average of 2.30 is the best in the Big Ten (ninth in NCAA), and the only team with a team ERA of less than 3.00. In Big Ten play (21 games), that team ERA drops all the way down to 1.61, also tops in the conference by nearly a full run. IU has two pitchers - DeNato, Morris - in the top four of the conference in ERA (Big Ten games).
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 (35), strikeouts (277) and innings pitched (345.0). He is a Big Ten best 11-1 this season with an ERA of 1.91. In 13 starts this season, he has posted a quality start in 11 (6.0 IP and 3 ER or less). He is 7-0 in Big Ten play with a 1.90 ERA and combined for three shutouts.
TRAVIS TRUMPS ALL
Junior 1B Sam Travis is hitting .371 overall this season , second on the team, and .391 in Big Ten play. He leads the Big Ten in hits (73) and RBI (52). In Big Ten games, he has registered seven home runs and a team-best 25 RBI to go with 24 runs scored. The right-handed power hitter also has a pair of multi-home run games to his credit this season. Last weekend at Penn State, he hit a home run in each of the three games after the teams entered the weekend without any home runs allowed at Medlar Field in Happy Valley.
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 .351 clip with ninehome runs to go with 31 RBI and a team-best 53 runs scored. Defensively, he has also committed just three errors in 306 chances (.990).
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 44 consecutive contests entering Tuesday's game at Louisville. The senior, who was selected in the 8th round of the MLB draft last season and elected to return to Indiana, leads the team with a .393 batting average in all games. In Big Ten play, that average increases to .467. Over the three games at Penn State, he hit .727 with four runs scored and four RBI.
MORE FROM MORRIS
Sophomore RHP Christian Morris has quietly put together an outstanding season as the "Saturday starter" for the Hoosiers this season. While his record is 4-3, his ERA stands at 2.15 for the season (16 ER in 67.0 IP). He needed just 82 pitches to cruise through 7.0 innings at Penn State last weekend for his fourth victory. Over his last 10 starts, he has allowed two or less earned runs in eight of those starts. In the other two starts, he allowed just three earned runs.