For five innings Saturday it looked like a pitcher's duel. Later it turned into a rout.
One day after clinching the Big Ten title outright for the second year in a row (and the first time in school history) the Hoosiers wrapped up the regular season slate in the Big Ten Conference. The Hoosiers finished with a 21-3 conference mark, also a school record. The most wins an IU team had ever had in a conference season before was 19.
Brian Korte pitched five scoreless innings, scattering four hits to pick up his third win of the year. Scott Effross and Jake Kelzer combined to keep the Gophers scoreless in the final four innings. It was Indiana's fifth shutout of the season.
"That was good,'' said IU coach Tracy Smith. "Our guys were attacking the strike zone and we were making some pretty good plays behind them. I was pleased. We always tell our pitchers to get stingy regardless of the situation. Even in the last inning, we want to pitch as if there is no scoreboard out there and hold our opposition to zero.
"It's awesome to get a shutout on the last day of the regular season.''
Indiana (38-13, 21-3 Big Ten) won for the second game in a row and the 11th time in the last 12 games.
The Hoosiers will now travel to Omaha for the B1G Tournament which opens Wednesday night. IU will be the No. 1 seed and face the No. 8 seed (TBA) at 6 p.m. ET
Minnesota (27-22, 13-11) finished as the No. 4 seed in next week's conference tournament. The Gophers will play at 10 p.m. ET on Wednesday. Both games will be televised on the Big Ten Network.
Indiana technically would the get the only run it needed Saturday in the bottom of the second after Scott Donley led off the inning with a double to right center. A ground out by Dustin DeMuth to the right side got Donley to third and then he scored on a sacrifice fly to right by Brad Hartong.
The score remained 1-0 until the bottom of the sixth when the Hoosiers got to Minnesota starter Neal Kunik.
Casey Rodrigue led off the bottom of the sixth with a double to right center and scored on a double to right by Kyle Schwarber. Sam Travis continued the double to right-center theme with one of his own to plate Schwarber and put the Hoosiers up 3-0. After a ground out, DeMuth looped a single to left to score Travis and make it 4-0.
IU got four more runs in the bottom of the eighth as Donley, DeMuth and Tim O'Conner all picked up RBI. O'Conner had two RBI with a two-out single to right field that made it 8-0.
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