Indiana beats Illinois 11-3 in series finale

Indiana improved to 13-2 in Big Ten play by taking two out of three games this weekend from second place Illinois. The Hoosiers pounded out 15 hits on Sunday to post an 11-3 win in the series finale. IU won the first game 9-3 on Friday but then lost 2-1 on Saturday. Brian Korte went five innings and struck out a career-high six batters in Sunday's win.

The Indiana baseball team has a three-game lead on the rest of the Big Ten after taking two out of three from Illinois over the weekend.

Indiana is now 13-2 in conference play following Sunday's convincing 11-3 win over the Illini at Illinois Field. Nebraska and Illini are tied for second with 10-5 records.

The game was called in the top of the ninth inning after a 90-minute weather delay. IU's Will Nolden saw one pitch in the ninth before lightening was spotted in the area causing the delay.

Brian Korte pitched five innings and had a career-high six strikeouts to earn his first victory of the season. It was Korte's fourth start but first win after three no decisions.

Brad Hartong and Casey Rodrigue each had three hits on Sunday for the Hoosiers, who pounded out 15 hits as a team. Every starter in the IU lineup had at least one hit.

Hartong had a memorable week. He had five RBI on Wednesday in a 10-1 win over Ball State. He then had seven hits and five more RBI in the three-game series against Illinois.

Sam Travis had two hits, including his seventh home run of the season. He hit No. 6 on Friday night in IU's 9-3 win in the opening game of the series. Kyle Schwarber had a hit and three RBI and Scott Donley hit his fifth home run of the year, a two-run shot, in the top of the first.

Luke Harrison pitched the final three innings for the Hoosiers and gave up just one hit to record his first save of the season.

IU trailed 3-2 going into the top of the fifth but scored four runs tot take control of the game. Tim O'Conner led off with a walk and move to third on a double by Rodrigue. Schwarber then slapped a single to plate two runs and give the Hoosiers the 4-3. Travis then hit a long home run to left field to make it 6-3.

Hartong delived a single to center to score two more runs in the eighth and make it 8-3. Schwarber would have a sacrifice fly in the inning and then later Dustin DeMuth had a two RBI single, too.

Indiana will be back in action on Wednesday when the Hoosiers travel to Miami of Ohio for a 6:05 p.m. start. The Hoosiers will be out to win their sixth consecutive series in Big Ten play when they play host to Purdue next weekend for a three-game series beginning Friday night at Bart Kaufman Field.

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