Indiana beats Youngstown State, 10-2

Scott Effross gave Indiana coach Tracy Smith what he was looking for in 4 innings in his first start and the Bash Brothers and company pounded out 15 hits Friday night in a 10-2 win over Youngstown State in the first round of the NCAA Regional at Bart Kaufman Field.

Tracy Smith admitted Friday night that he couldn't have scripted Indiana's victory in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament too much better.

Scott Effross, Evan Bell and Will Coursen-Carr had solid outings, the Hoosiers were aggressive and hitting the ball hard on offense and the defense didn't make a single error.

Add it all up and No. 4 national seed Indiana was able to score early and often Friday night in a 10-2 victory over Youngstown State before a record crowd of 4,125 at Bart Kaufman Field.

Indiana (43-13) will now move into a winner's bracket semifinal matchup Saturday at 6 p.m. ET against third-seed Stanford (31-23). The Cardinal defeated second-seed Indiana State 8-1 Friday in the first game of the day.

IU staff ace Joey DeNato will go for Indiana against the Cardinal.

Youngstown State (16-37) will now face Indiana State (35-17) Saturday at 2 p.m. in an elimination game. The winner of that game will play the loser of IU-Stanford on Sunday afternoon.

Kyle Schwarber went 4-for-5 with a home run and a triple, and both Scott Donley and Dustin DeMuth had three hits for the Hoosiers as part of a 15-hit attack. Sam Travis also hit a home run for IU. It was Schwarber's 13th homer of the season and No. 11 for Travis.

Effross went the first four innings, allowing one run on three hits before being relieved by Bell in the fifth. Bell went 3 and two-thirds allowing one run on five hits. Coursen-Carr came in to get the final four outs of the game.

"We're happy with the win,'' Smith said. "I think it's important when you get to this point in the season, and you're in post season play in the regional, it's very, very important to try to stay in the winner's bracket. And if we could have drawn it up before the game, and how we wanted it to play out with Scott doing what he did, us jumping out to a lead, I don't think we would have written it any differently.

"So very, very important for us to get the win. Today I thought we played a solid baseball game, and you know, putting that one behind us and ready for tomorrow.''

Schwarber, who was at catcher when Effross was in the game and then later moved to left field, said he thought Effross was in control. It was Effross's first start of the season after coming out of the bullpen for his first 30 appearances of the season.

"He did a very good job I thought,'' Schwarber said. "He had his fastball command somewhat today. Maybe missed a couple spots inside, but he was doing a good job controlling the outside part of the plate and flipping over to his secondary pitches.

"He was attacking with his fastball like he always does, and he was just out there competing like all of our pitchers do. That's what makes this staff so good is that they are always out there competing; and they don't care if it it's two strike count, 3-0 count or we are up ten, down ten. They are still out there competing.''

Effross improved to 5-2 on the year.

Indiana scored three runs in the bottom of the first thanks to some poor fielding by the Penguins. DeMuth came up with two on and two out and lifted a fly ball to right center. But the outfielder got a late break on the ball and it fell in for a two-run double. Brad Hartong followed with a hard hit ball down the third base line that caromed off the third baseman and went for a double, too. That made it 3-0.

After Youngstown State was able to scratch across a run in the top of the second thanks to a one out RBI triple by Josh White, the Hoosiers added to their lead in the bottom of the third.

Schwarber hit the first pitch to the gap in right center and slid into third with a triple. Travis then hit the first pitch he saw deep to left for a home run and it was 5-1. After Donley ripped a single to center on a 3-0 pitch and DeMuth reached on a bunt single, Will Nolden was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Eventually Tim O'Conner would walk with the bases loaded to force in the sixth run of the game.

IU got three more runs in the fifth off of Schwarber's home run to right-center. The final run scored in the sixth after Donley led off the inning with a triple and scored on a ground out by DeMuth.

Indiana has now won 31 of its last 34 games.

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