Which is why it's not at all surprising that DeMuth was determined to help his team Sunday complete a three-game sweep of the Boilermakers.
DeMuth clearly did his part as he pounded out three hits and drove in a career-high six runs Sunday to help lead No. 11 Indiana to a 12-3 victory over Purdue and a sweep of the three-game series at Bart Kaufman Field.
"I think everyone was locked in,'' DeMuth said. "We wanted to come out and get the sweep especially against Purdue. I think we got off to a good start, firing on all cylinders.
IU (32-12, 16-2 Big Ten) has now won 20 of its last 22 games and has swept four out of six three game series' in Big Ten play.
Indiana beat Purdue 6-0 on Friday night, 7-3 on Saturday and 12-3 on Sunday. The IU pitching staff allowed a total of four earned runs in the three games and has not allowed more than three runs in a game in the last 12 outings.
It was DeMuth, though, who set the tone early. Sam Travis had an RBI single to put the Hoosiers up 1-0 in the bottom of the first before DeMuth came up with the bases loaded and nobody out. He hit a pitch to the gap in the left-center, clearing the bases, and giving the Hoosiers a 4-0 lead. Will Nolden had an RBI single later in the inning to score DeMuth and make it 5-0.
DeMuth had another double with an RBI later and a two-RBI single in the fifth.
Brian Korte went five innings and didn't allow a run to pick up his second victory of the season and his second in as many Sunday starts. Korte is now 2-0 on the season with a 2.08 ERA.
Ten different IU players had at least one hit for Indiana on Sunday. DeMuth and Travis each had three, and Schwarber, Nolden and Scott Donley each had two for the Hoosiers.
Indiana is off until next weekend when it travels to Penn State for a three-game series with the Nittany Lions.