BLOOMINGTON – After a heart-pumping win Friday night, the Indiana baseball team made Saturday night's game a little less stressful.
The Hoosiers compiled 14 hits and 15 runs in their 15-6 win over the Austin Peay Governors to advance to the championship game in the Bloomington Regional.
Indiana will play in the Regional Championship game at 7 p.m. Sunday at Bloomington’s Bart Kaufman Field. The Hoosiers will face the winner of the Austin Peay-Valparaiso game at 1 p.m. Sunday.
By the time Indiana (45-14) starting pitcher Joey DeNato exited after the sixth inning, the Hoosiers led 15-4.
Indiana batted around in the second inning, taking the lead for good on a three-run homerun from sophomore first baseman Sam Travis. However, the majority of the team’s scoring came in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. In the three frames, IU scored 10 runs on nine hits and seven walks.
IU’s 2-3-4 batters — Kyle Schwarber, Travis and Scott Donley — racked up six hits, 10 RBI and seven runs scored. The trio also walked seven times.
After a three-run first inning, DeNato settled down, giving Austin Peay (46-14) just one more run in his six innings while striking out nine to earn his ninth win of the season. DeNato now has the fifth-most strikeouts of any pitcher of IU history.
The Governors’ pitching walked 12 IU batters, including back-to-back bases-loaded walks in the sixth inning. Six Austin Peay pitchers entered the game, and three of them gave up four or more runs.
Austin Peay starter Casey Delgado lasted just an inning and two-thirds, giving up five hits and five runs while walking three and hitting a batter. The loss ends Austin Peay’s 16-game winning streak.