Indiana baseball is just two games into a nine-game homestand but the Hoosiers are clearly on a roll.
IU won has eight games in a row after dispensing of Morehead State 13-1 Friday night in the first game of a three-game weekend series.
Senior pitcher Joey DeNato improved to 7-1 on the season and won his 31st career victory to becomes IU's all-time wins leader.
Here is a report from IU media relations about the game that was played Friday night at Bart Kaufman Field. The two teams will be back in action Saturday at 2:05 p.m.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Senior pitcher Joey DeNato picked up his 31st career victory to become Indiana's all-time wins leader as IU (20-10) won in a 13-1 rout over Morehead State (16-17) on Friday night at Bart Kaufman Field.
DeNato (7-1, 2.37 ERA) passed Brian Partenheimer (1994-97) on Indiana's all-time wins list for pitchers, tossing 5.0 innings, giving up an earned run on five hits with four strikeouts.
Sam Travis led the offense going 3-for-4 with a pair of home runs and a career-high six RBI to extend his hitting streak to nine games. The junior first basemen is batting .537 with five long balls and 18 RBI during the stretch. He now has five home runs for the season.
A trio of IU relief pitchers in Brian Korte (1.0 IP), Sullivan Stadler (2.0 IP) and Jake Kelzer (1.0 IP) combined to give up just two hits without a run with five strikeouts in four innings of work.
Indiana took advantage of a two-out error by Morehead State that allowed Travis to get on base in the bottom of the first. Travis stole second before Scott Donley hit an RBI single up the middle. DeMuth put the explanation point on the inning with his two-run homer to right to give IU a 3-0 edge after one.
In the third inning, Schwarber started things with his third triple of the year. Travis then stepped to the plate and cleared the fence in left center to increase the Hoosier lead to 5-0.
Morehead State scored its lone run in the top of the fourth, but IU answered with three runs in the bottom half of the inning thanks to an RBI single from Schwarber. He would later score on the second home run by Travis that connected with the left field scoreboard and the rout was on.
Travis picked up his fifth and sixth RBI of the game with a double down the left field line to plate Austin Cangelosi and Schwarber in the sixth inning. Ricky Alfonso drew a walk with the bases loaded for Indiana's third run of the inning before Chad Clark hit a sacrifice fly to allow Luke Cureton to score.
IU added one final run in the bottom of the eighth as Clark doubled to left to score Brad Hartong.
The Hoosiers will return to Bart Kaufman Field for game two of the weekend series with Morehead State on Saturday afternoon with first pitch scheduled for 2:05 p.m. ET.