IU baseball travels to Penn State

The No. 8 Indiana Baseball team has a three-game lead in the Big Ten with six games to play. The Hoosiers have a three-game series this weekend in State College, Pa. against Penn State. Big Ten pitcher of the week Joey DeNato puts his 10-1 record on the line Friday night in the opener at 6:30 p.m. ET.

The No. 8 ranked Indiana baseball team will play its final Big Ten road series of the season this weekend when the Hoosiers travel to Penn State for games beginning today.

Indiana is 8-1 on the road in Big Ten play this season and sits atop the conference standings with a 16-2 record. The Hoosiers have a three-game lead over Nebraska and Illinois with six games to play.

According to the Big Ten, Indiana can clinch a share of the Big Ten title as early as Saturday with two victories, a Michigan State win over Nebraska on Saturday and an Iowa win over Illinois on either Friday or Saturday. IU is the defending Big Ten regular season champion.

Indiana (32-12, 16-2) is coming off a three-game sweep of Purdue last weekend. The Hoosiers are No. 4 in the RPI. Following this weekend, Indiana closes Big Ten regular season play next weekend at home at Bart Kaufman Field with a three-game series against Minnesota.

Indiana is back firmly into the top 20 of most of the national polls and is as high as No. 8 in the nation in the most recent Collegiate Baseball News poll.

Indiana will kick things off Friday night as Joey DeNato takes his 10-1 Big Ten record to the mound against the Nittany Lions. DeNato was named the Big Ten's pitcher of the week after throwing seven scoreless innings and picking up the win in last Friday's 6-0 victory over Purdue. DeNato is 6-0 in Big Ten play this season.

DeNato, who has a 2.06 ERA, will square off with Penn State's Tim Dunn with a first pitch of 6:30 p.m. ET tonight.

Christian Morris, 3-3 with a 2.25 ERA, will take the mound for Indiana on Saturday for a 2 p.m. start in Happy Valley. Morris will face Penn State's T.J. Jann.

Brian Korte, who has picked up wins in his last two decisions to improve to 2-0 on the season with a 2.08 ERA, will pitch the series finale for the Hoosiers on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

Indiana's team ERA in Big Ten play is a scorching 1.71. That's nearly a full run better than second place Nebraska.

But Indiana's hitting has been pretty good, too. The Hoosiers have the Big Ten's top batting average at .331 and have three players who rank in the top five in the conference in hitting. Dustin DeMuth leads the way with a .422 average, followed by Scott Donley at .408 and Sam Travis at .397.

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