The Indiana baseball team picked up a big win Friday night in the opening game of a three-game series with Ohio State, beating the Buckeyes 6-4. Game two of the series was scheduled for Saturday but was postponed because of rain. The Hoosiers and Buckeyes will play a doubleheader instead on Sunday, with the first pitch for the opening game set for 1 p.m.
Here is the story from IU media relations on IU and Joey DeNato having a big game Friday night in Columbus.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Seven strong from starting pitcher Joey DeNato plus 15 hits from the IU lineup proved to be a winning equation for the Hoosiers in a 6-4 series-opening victory at Ohio State. DeNato's first strikeout of the night made him Indiana University's all-time strikeout king with 245 career punch-outs. He added on three more Ks and now sits with 248.
DeNato posted his sixth `quality start' (min. 6 IP and 3 ER or less) in seven outings this season. His final line read: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 4 K on 112 pitches. The performance earned him the 29th win of his career, one shy of the all-time school record of 30 by Brian Partenheimer (1994-97).
DeMuth extended his current hitting streak to 12 straight games, including five consecutive contests with multiple hits. His career hits total inflated to 266, cracking the top-five all-time at IU.
Sophomore reliever Scott Effross ascended in the career record books as well, recording the final out to seize his ninth save and pulling into a tie for seventh all-time.
Hoosiers drew first blood in the top of third via Donley's first of two run-scoring hits of the evening. Indiana added another run in the fifth. Casey Rodrigue chopped a pitch to the first baseman and beat out the covering pitcher to the bag for an infield single. Schwarber then made it back-to-back infield hits with a two-hopper off the glove of OSU's second baseman. This opened the door for Travis to place an RBI-single into shallow right field, muscling an inside pitch into the opposite field.
Ohio State got on the board in the sixth, using three singles to score a single run.
Tim O'Conner sent one right back off the pitcher to lead off the seventh with a single. He moved to second on a balk and got a great jump to steal third easily. Travis and Donley each followed with their second RBI of the game. Donley's drilled roller up the middle scored Schwarber easily, who was intentionally walked earlier in the frame, as head coach Tracy Smith sent both runners at the perfect time. A double play ended the Hoosier threat, but not before the lead increased to 4-1.
An Ohio State double steal attempt was cut down by the IU battery in the home half of the seventh as DeNato and Schwarber combined for the `strike em out, throw em out' to end the inning.
The very first pitch of the next half inning was mashed deep into the night by DeMuth, good for his second home run of the season. Two batters later, Nick Ramos just missed on a long-ball of his own; settling for a triple off the wall in right center. Pinch hitter Ricky Alfonso came to the dish next and clubbed a ball to the right side, scoring Ramos.
Two hits bookending a walk created a run for Ohio State in the bottom of the ninth. A throwing error then allowed two unearned scores to come across before a heads up hustle play by Travis put an end to it all. The errant toss got by Travis, but as the batter tried to take an extra base Travis chased it down and gunned out the Buckeye sliding into second base for the final out.