UP NEXT: Indiana vs. Michigan at Big Ten Tournament in Omaha
May 22, 2014
Probable Starting Pitchers
OMAHA, Neb. - The Indiana Hoosiers (39-13, 21-3 Big Ten), the No. 1 seed for the Big Ten Tournament, opened with a 5-2 victory over eighth-seeded Iowa on Wednesday and will take on No. 5 seed Michigan on Thursday. The game will start at 10 p.m. ET and televised on Big Ten Network.
The Hoosiers used a balanced offensive attack and another stellar outing by senior LHP Joey DeNato to get the win over Iowa, as every player in the IU lineup had a hit or RBI in the game. The offense was led by Casey Rodrigue's 3-for-3 day at the plate with two RBI. Nick Ramos also collected two hits in the game as the Hoosiers banged out 10 hits for the 30th time this season.
On the mound, DeNato struckout a season-high nine on his way to his 12th victory of the season, tying the Indiana single-season record for wins. He allowed two runs (one earned) on seven hits and extended the IU streak to 48 straight games that an IU starting pitcher has allowed three or fewer earned runs.
RHP Luke Harrison came on to pitch the ninth inning and fanned two batters to earn his third save.
Including last year's three games in the College World Series, the Hoosiers are now 2-2 in TD Ameritrade Park. DeNato has also allowed just one earned run in 17.0 innings pitched at the park.
Brad Hartong is riding a 16-game hit streak entering today's game against Michigan.
Head Coach Tracy Smith is making his 7th appearance at the Big Ten Tournament and has a 14-7 record.
Indiana has won 27 of its last 30 games overall and 12 of the last 13 entering Thursday.
DID YOU KNOW?
Senior LHP Joey DeNato leads all NCAA Division I active pitchers with 36 career victories and ranks second in career innings pitched (362.0).
Junior Sam Travis ranks 12th among all NCAA active hitters with 160 career RBI.
Travis also leads the Big Ten with 490 chances in the field this season and has yet to commit an error.
Junior Kyle Schwarber ranks 10th among active Division I players with 172 runs scored.
The Hoosiers' team ERA of 2.22 ranks fifth in the country this season
Over the last 20 games, the IU bullpen has pitched a total of 66.2 innings, giving up nine earned runs on 46 hits and 68 strikeouts.
In Big Ten play, Indiana has outscored its opponents by a 161-48 margin.
(NCAA rankings above as of May 19)
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