The Indiana baseball team is getting back on track.
After struggling the first few weeks of the season to get much offense generated, the Hoosiers have been hot of late.
In a three-game series in Columbus over the weekend, Indiana scored 21 runs on 42 hits in a three-game sweep of Ohio State. On Sunday, IU swept a doubleheader from the Buckeyes, winning 8-2 and 7-1. All of sudden the Hoosiers are 5-1 in conference and could likely end up back in the top 25 when rankings come out this week.
Here is the report Sunday night from IU media relations.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Indiana's offense was blistering hot despite frigid temperatures, racking up 42 hits in a three-game sweep of the Ohio State Buckeyes (16-10, 2-4). The pitching staff was on point as well, allowing just five earned runs (seven total) in 27 innings. The Hoosiers (15-10, 5-1) tripled up OSU, outscoring the Bucks 21-7 in the road sweep. IU concluded the weekend by taking both games of a Sunday doubleheader, 8-2 and 7-1.
The 42 base knocks are the most in a series since Indiana accumulated 46 at Iowa late last March.
Sophomore Will Coursen-Carr delivered five innings of shutout relief to earn a win in the first game. He relieved Kyle Hart in the bottom of the fifth and blanked the Buckeyes for the final five frames.
Ohio State got on the board first, recording three straight 2-out hits ending with a 2-run double reaching the wall off the bat of tri-captain Josh Dezse in the bottom of the third.
A triple from Casey Rodrigue in the top of the fifth was quickly followed by Kyle Schwarber's fourth homerun of the season, sailing over the right field wall to even the score at 2-2. Two batters later, Scott Donley mimicked Schwarber by sending a ball over the wall in right field as well for Indiana's first lead at 3-2.
Sixth inning singles from Will Nolden and Nick Ramos put runners on the corners with no outs. Tim O'Conner then successfully squeezed home Nolden. A pair of walks loaded the bases and Sam Travis made it hurt with a 2-run single. Better yet, Travis turned a baserunning mistake into a third tally on the play. He got caught up in a pickle between first and third after rounding too hard. Travis made OSU work for the out though, elongating the rundown long enough to allow Kyle Schwarber to plate Indiana's seventh run. Indiana added on another tally in the seventh, thanks in large part to a run-scoring balk.
There was no dip in offense for the series finale as Indiana banged out 14 more hits coming from 10 different Hoosiers, including one from each of the starters. Not that much offensive firepower was needed in this one, however, as Christian Morris cruised through 7.2 innings on just 83 pitches. The sophomore righty's final line read: 7.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K. Morris set himself up for success throughout the contest, retiring the first two batters in six of eight innings.
Ohio State starting pitcher Tanner Tully entered the game with a 0.96 ERA having surrendered three earned runs in his first 28 innings pitched. The Hoosiers wasted little time tagging him for four in the first two innings.
Travis got the party started with a 2-out base knock in the opening frame. Donley backed him up by clearing the left fielder's head for an RBI-double and the early IU 1-0 edge. Nick Ramos and Rodrigue each drove in a run as part of Indiana's 3-run second stanza.
The Bucks scraped one across in the fourth, getting on the board at 4-1.
It was a disappointing top of the seventh as what should have been a bases loaded and no outs situation ultimately turned into a lone run due to a pair of baserunning blunders. Donley was able to lift a sac fly though, increasing the Hoosier lead to 5-1.
Senior third baseman Dustin DeMuth came to the plate in danger of snapping his 13-game hitting streak in the bottom of the eighth. In his last at-bat of the game, DeMuth roped a liner into center field to move his stretch to 14 consecutive contests with a hit. Not only did the streak extend, Ohio State's center fielder made a head-first diving attempt at robbing DeMuth which bounced by and rolled all the way to the wall. DeMuth got on his horse and circled all the way around for an inside-the-park homerun. Brad Hartong preceded DeMuth's second homerun of the weekend with a single, making it a 7-1 score.
Morris retired the first two batters in the home half before handing it off to the bullpen. Brian Korte tossed a pair of pitches to end the eighth and Scott Effross worked a scoreless ninth.
Indiana returns home for a midweek tilt Wednesday night at 6:05 pm versus the Miami (OH) RedHawks at Bart Kaufman Field.