Hoosiers win College World Series opener

OMAHA, Neb. - Indiana defeated Louisville 2-0 on Saturday night in the College World Series. The Hoosiers (49-18) advance to face Mississippi State (49-18) on Monday night at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha.

Despite four months separating the first contest between the Louisville and Indiana, the outcome was quite similar.

Like the season-opener at the Big Ten/Big East Challenge, the Hoosiers sent lefthander Joey DeNato (9-2) to the mound, while Chad Green (10-3) was the starter for the Cardinals. Also, like the mid-February contest, the IU bats made quick work of Chad Green, spreading 7 hits throughout the park for 2 runs during his four innings of work, while the Hoosiers ace kept U of L in check.

The then-ranked No.4 Cardinals suffered their only shutout loss, 2-0, on the season. Ranked 4th in the last Collegiate Baseball Top 30, Louisville suffered a bit of 'de ja Hoosier', once again falling 2-0 to Indiana.

"This is new territory for us, so we are exciting to get our first World Series win out of the way," said IU skipper Tracy Smith.

On a perfect Saturday night in Omaha and with a TD Ameritrade Park record 27,122 in attendance, Indiana once again jumped all over Louisville's Green.

Kyle Schwarber extended his current hitting streak to nine in the top of the first with a single up the middle. Two batters later, Scott Donley hit a 2-out single to drive in Schwarber and give the Hoosiers the early advantage.

The Hoosiers had an opportunity to build a sizable lead in the top of the third when they loaded the bases with no out when Green walked two and gave up another single to Schwarber. The jam forced Louisville head coach Dan McDonnell to make a call to the bullpen early in the contest, bringing in lefty Cody Ege, who limited Indiana to just one run.

Indiana's DeNato kept the Cardinals hitless until a 2-out single by Cole Sturgeon in the bottom of the third and allowed just four hits in his complete game outing.

"This is definitely one of the top performances I've ever had," said DeNato.

DeNato's 136 pitches set a new TD Ameritrade Park College World Series single game record.

"The kid pitched unbelievably," said Louisville head coach Dan McDonnell. "Congrats to that guy because he pitched his tail off."

Indiana defeated Louisville 3 out of 4 meetings this season and improves to 22-21 all-time against the Cardinals.

Indiana (49-18) advances to face Mississippi State (49-18), which defeated 3-seed Oregon State 5-4 earlier in the day. The two will play at 8:00 pm ET and the game will be broadcast on ESPN2.

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