Indiana catcher Kyle Schwarber drove in three runs and four other Hoosiers drove in two to lead Indiana to an 11-3 win over Illinois on Sunday in Champaign, taking two out of three in the series with the second-place Fighting Illini to take a three-game lead atop the Big Ten standings. The No. 18 Hoosiers improved to 28-12 overall and 13-2 in the Big Ten.
IU first baseman Sam Travis and designated hitter Scott Donley both homered and drove in two runs each. Third baseman Dustin DeMuth and left fielder Brad Hartong also drove in two runs. Hartong and second baseman Casey Rodrigue had two hits each.
Senior left-hander Brian Korte struck out six batters in five innings, allowing three runs on two hits. Sophomore right-hander Luke Harrison pitched three shutout innings of relief. The game was called after eight innings because of inclement weather.
The full release from IU follows.
No. 13 Indiana Pulls Away From Illinois for 11-3 Win
Each batter in the IU lineup had at least one hit
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – The Indiana Hoosiers (28-12, 13-2 Big Ten) collected 15 hits and scored 11 runs on their way to the 11-3 victory over Illinois (23-17, 10-5 Big Ten) to win the weekend series. Brian Korte pitched five innings and struck out a career-high six to earn his first win of the season.
The game was called in the top of the ninth inning after a 90-minute weather delay. The delay started after Illinois relief pitcher threw one pitch to Will Nolden to start the ninth inning.
Casey Rodrigue posted a three-hit day and scored two runs out of the leadoff spot and Brad Hartong matched him with three hits of his own to drive in a pair of runs. Hartong had seven hits in the three game series.
Sam Travis registered two hits, including his seventh home run of the year and also scored three runs. Kyle Schwarber had just one hit but drove in three and scored a pair of runs. Scott Donley went deep for his fifth home run – a two-run homer in the top of the first inning.
Luke Harrison earned his second save of the year, pitching the final three innings and giving up just one hit while walking one and striking out two.
In the top of the first inning, Scott Donley drilled his fifth home run of the season to give the Hoosiers a 2-0 lead.
Illinois used two hits and two hit batters by Korte to score three runs in the bottom of the third inning to take a 3-2 lead. But that would end up being the only inning that the Illini would get to the IU pitcher.
The ninth hitter in the Indiana lineup, Tim O’Conner, drew a walk to open the fifth inning and Rodrigue doubled to the warning track in left center to setup a two-run single by Kyle Schwarber. Travis stepped in next and delivered a towering home run to left field, his seventh of the year to put the Hoosiers ahead, 6-3.
Travis appeared to ground out for the second out of the seventh inning, but after an appeal, the call was overturned by the umpires and he was awarded first base. Two batters later, with the bases loaded, Brad Hartong dropped a single to center to score two more runs and make it a 8-3 IU advantage.
Schwarber tallied his third RBI of the game with a sac fly in the eighth for the Hoosiers ninth run of the game.
When Will Nolden fouled off the first pitch of the top of the ninth inning, lightening was spotted and the teams entered a weather delay.
The Hoosiers will travel to Miami (OH) on Wednesday with first pitch slated for 6:05 p.m. Then Indiana will welcome Purdue to Bart Kaufman Field next weekend for a three-game series.
– Brad Hartong picked up 10 RBI in the four games this week and hit .529
– Will Nolden hit .538 in the four games this week with an on-base percentage of .600
– Indiana has recorded 10 or more hits in eight of 15 Big Ten games this season
– The Hoosiers have not lost a Big Ten series since April 12-14, 2013 at Michigan State (won 8 straight series)
– IU is 10-1 in it’s last 11 Big Ten road games