Baseball makes it a clean sweep of Iowa

The No. 23 ranked Indiana baseball team sits alone atop the Big Ten standings with an 8-1 record following a three-game sweep of Iowa in Iowa City. The Hoosiers picked up the final game, 5-3, on Monday afternoon. IU has now won six in a row in conference play -- all on the road.

Indiana baseball took out the broom for the second weekend in a row in a Big Ten road series.

Monday, the Hoosiers rallied for five runs in the eighth inning and beat Iowa 5-3 for the third game in a row in Iowa City.

The No. 23 ranked Hoosiers are now 8-1 in Big Ten play and have swept back-to-back road series' against Ohio State and Iowa. The Hoosiers are back in action at home on Wednesday against Indiana State.

Here is the release from Indiana media relations about the final game of the series.

IOWA CITY, Iowa – After being shut down for the first seven innings, No. 23 Indiana saw their bats come alive to plate five runs in the eighth inning and come away with a 5-3 victory on Monday afternoon at Duane Banks Field.

Evan Bell pitched three innings of two hit, scoreless relief to improve to 2-0 this season and Brad Hartong delivered the go-ahead 2-run double in the decisive eighth inning. Earlier in the inning, Sam Travis came up with his second hit of the day to plate Casey Rodrigue from third base to tie the game.

Dating back to the end of the 2013 regular season, when Indiana won the last two regular season games at Ohio State, the Hoosiers have now won eight straight conference road games.

Neither team was able to get the offense going at the start of the game, with the teams combining for four hits through the first five innings but the Hawkeyes (16-12, 3-5 Big Ten) were able to scrape together a run in the fifth inning to take a 1-0 lead.

The Indiana half of the eighth inning began with a solid single to right field by Rodrigue that knocked Tyler Peyton from the game after a strong start for Iowa. He pitched 7.0 innings and allowed one run on five hits with four strikeouts and did not get a decision. Rodrigue moved to second base on a passed ball and then on to third base thanks to a sharp single to left by Kyle Schwarber. That set the table for Travis and his ringing single back up the middle to tie the game at 1-1.

Scott Donley perfectly executed a sac bunt to move Schwarber and Travis into scoring position before Dustin DeMuth was walked intentionally ahead of Hartong. The junior laced the first pitch he saw inside the third base bag and out of the reach of the Iowa third baseman, easily scoring two runs to make it a 3-1 Indiana lead. Another passed ball allowed DeMuth to score, followed by an RBI single by Will Nolden to make it a 5-1 edge for IU.

Iowa strung together two runs on four hits in the bottom of the ninth, but Scott Effross was able to close things out with a couple flyouts.

Indiana will return home for a Wednesday matchup against Indiana State at Bart Kaufman Field with the first pitch slated for 6:05 p.m.


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