UP NEXT: Indiana vs. Nebraska For Big Ten Tournament Title
May 25, 2014
Probable Starting Pitchers
OMAHA, Neb. - The Indiana Hoosiers (41-13) advanced to the championship game of the Big Ten Tournament with a 7-4 win over Michigan State on Saturday. The Hoosiers will face Nebraska (40-18) in the championship tilt, looking for back-to-back conference tournament crowns and the fourth in program history (1996, 2009, 2013). IU advanced through the tournament with a win over No. 8 seed Iowa to start, 5-2, followed by a 5-0 triumph over No. 5 seed Michigan.
On Saturday, Evan Bell made his second career start and first of the season and did well. He allowed two runs on three hits with two walks and one strikeout over 4.1 innings. Luke Harrison gave up one run on two hits in his 2.2 innings of work before handing the ball over to Scott Effross. The sophomore gave up one unearned run on one hit and then handed it over to Jake Kelzer, who closed out the final 1.2 innings and gave up just one hit to pick up his first career win.
The game-winning hit in Saturday's game was provided by Scott Donley, who drilled a 2-run double in the ninth inning to break open a tie game. He finished the day with two hits and three RBI.
Head Coach Tracy Smith picked up win No. 600 in his 18-year coaching career on Thursday. He is also 16-7 all-time in Big Ten Tournament games and has been a part of all three previous conference tournament titles for the Hoosiers. He was the head coach in 2009 and 2013 after serving as an assistant coach in 1996.
Indiana has won 29 of its last 32 games overall and 14 of the last 15 entering Sunday.
IU starting pitchers have no allowed more than three earned runs in the last 50 games. The Hoosiers have also not allowed a Big Ten team to score more than four runs in any game this season.
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 525 chances in the field this season and has just one error.
Junior Kyle Schwarber ranks 10th among active Division I players with 175 runs scored.
The Hoosiers' team ERA of 2.17 ranks fifth in the country this season
Over the last 22 games, the IU bullpen has pitched a total of 73.1 innings, giving up 10 earned runs on 50 hits and 73 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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