11th-Ranked Hoosiers Continue to Roll, Down Purdue
May 3, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
INDIANA BASEBALL RELEASE
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -The 11th-ranked Indiana baseball team collected its second straight victory over Purdue and won for the 10th time in 11 games, 7-3, on Saturday afternoon in front of a Bart Kaufman Field record crowd of 3,661. IU (31-12, 15-2 Big Ten) looks for the three-game sweep of PU (12-31, 5-12 Big Ten) at 12:05 p.m. tomorrow.
Christian Morris (3-3) did not allow a hit until the sixth and gave up just one unearned run on one hit with three strikeouts and two walks in 5.1 innings. Luke Harrison (1.2), Jake Kelzer (1.0) and Scott Effross(1.0) combined to punch out five over the final 3.2.
The Hoosiers pitching staff has surrendered one earned run in the series and has not allowed more than three runs in each of its last 11 outings.
Indiana posted 11 hits and scored in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings. Junior first baseman Sam Travis went 2-for-4 with two RBI and one run, and junior designated hitter Scott Donleydrove in a pair and recorded two hits in three at-bats.
IU kicked off the scoring in the third when Donley laced a two-bagger to right-center field to bring in Schwarber, who also doubled to the same gap.
The Hoosiers executed flawlessly to push another tally across the plate the next inning. Junior catcher Brad Hartong walked and junior right fielder Will Noldenlaid down a perfect sacrifice bunt, which moved Hartong to third after the Boilermakers left the bag unoccupied. Ramos then scored Hartong with a line shot up the middle.
Senior third baseman Dustin DeMuthkept the small ball theme going in the fifth. Schwarber walked, stole second (seventh of the year), advanced to third on a groundout and crossed home on DeMuth's bunt single. Hartong followed with a two-out base hit to put runners on the corners, and DeMuth (second) and Hartong (sixth) pulled off a double steal to make it 4-0.
Morris hit his stride after a shaky first. Purdue loaded the bases with one out, but center fielder Kyle Johnson lined into a double play, Ramos to junior second baseman Casey Rodrigue.
The sophomore right-hander retired 10 straight from the second through the fifth before an error snapped the streak in the sixth.
Indiana responded with a three-spot in the home half of the sixth. With the bases loaded, Travis plated two with a rocket back up the middle and Donley knocked him in with a single through the left side.
IU is now 15-2 at home this season and 34-5 all-time at Bart Kaufman Field. The Hoosiers hold a three-game conference lead over Illinois and Nebraska with seven league games remaining.