DeNato, Hoosiers blank Purdue 6-0

Joey DeNato threw seven innings of scoreless baseball and IU erupted for 14 hits Friday night as Indiana opened a three-game series with rival Purdue with a 6-0 victory over the Boilermakers at Bart Kaufman Field. DeNato is now 10-1 on the season and 6-0 in Big Ten play.

Add seven more scoreless innings pitched to Joey DeNato's magical senior senior.

The Indiana University senior left-hander improved to 10-1 Friday night, giving up five hits and striking out seven to lead the No. 11 Hoosiers to a 6-0 victory over rival Purdue in Big Ten baseball action at Bart Kaufman Field.

The victory moved conference leading Indiana to a 14-2 Big Ten record and allowed the Hoosiers to maintain a three-game lead on the conference. Both Illinois and Nebraska, teams that trail IU by three games in the standings, also won on Friday night. The Illini beat Michigan State 5-4 and Nebraska topped Penn State 13-3.

Indiana's offense pounded out 14 hits in support of DeNato who is now a perfect 6-0 in Big Ten play this season. DeNato leads all active Division I pitchers with 34 career wins. That is also an IU school record.

Indiana is now 30-12 on the season while Purdue dropped to 12-30 and 5-11 in conference play. The teams return to action Saturday afternoon for a 2:05 ET time start in a game that will be televised on the Big Ten Network. The third and final game of the weekend series is Sunday at 12:05 p.m., also at Bart Kaufman Field.

Kyle Schwarber was the offensive star for Indiana as he went 4-for-5 with an RBI. Brad Hartong, the reigning Big Ten player of the week, had two more hits and two RBI for the Hoosiers. Hartong is hitting .542 over Indiana's last six games with 14 RBI total and multiple hits in each of those games.

Casey Rodrigue also went 3-for-4 for the Hoosiers.

Indiana got on board with three in the bottom of the first. Rodrigue led off the game with a double and scored on a Schwarber single. Scott Donley later doubled to score Schwarber and Hartong followed with an RBI single. Quickly, the Hoosiers led 3-0.

Hartong had an RBI double to score Dustin DeMuth in the fourth and Nick Ramos had an RBI single to make it 5-0. Sam Travis rounded out the scoring in the bottom of the seventh with an RBI single.


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