No. 19 Indiana clinches share of Big Ten title with sweep of Penn State
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- With a 9-2 victory at Penn State (17-29, 5-15) on Sunday afternoon, No. 19 Indiana (35-12, 19-2) clinched a share of the 2014 Big Ten regular season championship. It is IU's second conference title in as many years. The 19 Big Ten regular season victories for the Hoosiers this year are the most in program history.
Sam Travis led the Indiana offense with his third home run of the series in the fifth inning. Travis was 2-for-5 in the game with three RBI and two runs scored. He now has 10 home runs on the year and 51 RBI to lead Indiana. Travis homered in every game of the PSU series.
Dustin DeMuth had three hits in the game, including a double with an RBI and scoring a run. He has had three hits in the three of the last four games. DeMuth now sits alone in third place at Indiana in career hits (301) and is tied for third in career doubles (59).
Kyle Schwarber scored three times as he was 2-for-4 on the day with a pair of doubles. Brad Hartong also had a double as he finished the day with a pair of hits, two RBI and a run scored.
Scott Donley also drove in a run on two hits and scored twice. Will Nolden had a two RBI as he doubled in his only hit of the day.
Relief pitcher Scott Effross earned the win for Indiana as he pitched 2.0 innings, giving up just one hit with a strikeout.
In the top of the first, Schwarber reached base on a hard groundball double down the right field line and later moved to third on a throwing error on a pickoff attempt. Donley brought Schwarber home with a two-out RBI single up the middle. After Donley stole second, a DeMuth single to center brought Donley home to put IU in front 2-0.
Penn State put two runners on with one out in the bottom of the third with a walk and single. Taylor Skerpon then put the Nittany Lions on the board with an RBI single up the middle. With runners on second and third, a slow chopper to the shortstop led to an infield single for Greg Guers which led to PSU scoring their second run of the inning to tie the game at 2-2. The inning also came to close on that scoring play as the runner from second attempted to score on the infield single, but was thrown out at home for the third out.
DeMuth reached on a one-out double in the top of the fourth and then moved to third as Hartong reached base on an error. Nolden brought home DeMuth as he reached on a fielder's choice. The fourth inning closed with Indiana in front, 3-2.
Indiana added a pair of runs in the top of fifth as Schwarber worked a two-out walk to bring Travis to the plate. Travis took an 0-1 pitch the opposite way for a two-RBI home run to right center, his third long ball of the series.
The Hoosiers had their most productive inning in the eighth by scoring four times. Schwarber started things with a double and Travis followed with a single up the middle to score Schwarber. Donley then made it three straight hits to start the inning. DeMuth then moved both runners up a base with a groundout to the first baseman. Hartong then drove in both runners with a double. IU scored its final run of the game on a Nolden double as Indiana collected four runs on five hits in the inning.