On Campus: Dustin DeMuth helps Indiana set conference win mark
LaPorte’s Dustin DeMuth extended his on-base streak to 43 straight games over the weekend to help Indiana set a school record with its 19th conference victory.
The senior third baseman boosted his team-leading average to .384 with three hits, including his 12th double, in a 9-2 victory at Penn State Sunday. Indiana (35-12) clinched a share of its second straight Big Ten title with the series sweep.
Scott Donley (Crown Point) scored two runs and drove in one with two hits. The junior DH is batting .304 with 40 RBI.
Teammate Craig Dedelow (Munster) has started 12 games in his rookie season. The freshman outfielder is batting .217 and has been errless in 29 appearances.
Wright State has wrapped up the Horizon League title with a 23-3 record, all three of its losses being to Valparaiso. Jeff Limbaugh (Crown Point), batting in the No. 2 spot, carries a .314 average.
The senior left fielder is 8-for-8 in steals and has been hit by a pitch 11 times, leading the Raiders in that category. Their 31-19 record is a program-best.
Limbaugh was named Horizon player of the week on April 20. He had six hits, drove in five runs and scored four in a series with UIC.
IU Southeast’s Frank Pluskota (Dyer/Lake Central) received Kentucky Intercollegiate all-conference first team honors. The senior second baseman batted .405 with 46 RBI. He also led the Grenadiers in doubles (23) and hits (54).
In mid-April Pluskota was named the player of the week, going a torrid 21-for-30 with nine doubles.
Control problems have plagued Central Michigan’s Jimmy McNamara (Dyer/Lake Central), who has walked 13 in 25.1 innings. The sophomore pitcher is 2-0 with one save in 16 appearances. He carries a 4.26 ERA.
Michigan State qualified for the NCAA championships for the 12th time by finishing fifth in a 24-team field at the West Regional. Freshman Kelly Grassel (Chesterton) shot rounds of 76-78-79--233 on behalf of the Spartans.
Leah Podgorny (Highland) alternated between catcher and first base for IU Southeast, which won the Kentucky Intercollegiate Conference title with a 25-3 record. She boosted her average to .225 by going 4-for-8 in her last four games.
The sophomore transfer (Calumet College) started 32 games for the Grenadiers, who posted an overall record of 41-10.
Andrean grads Audrey Bickel (Munster) and Nicole Steinbach (Merrillville) were named to the Mid-American All-Conference team to spur Ball State to its third straight regular-season title.
Bickel batted .369 with 48 RBI in 52 games to earn first-team honors. Her .631 slugging percentage was based on 12 doubles and nine home runs.
Steinbach won 15 games and saved three others for the Cardinals, who were ousted by Northern Illinois in the MAC tournament. She pitched 17 complete games and wound up with a 3.61 ERA to receive second team honors.
Horizon League pitcher of the year Casey Crozier (Valparaiso) finished with a 19-8 record. The Youngstown State senior’s 20 complete games included six shutouts.
Crozier averaged better than a strikeout per inning with a total of 196. She posted a 2.37 ERA