On Campus: Indiana’s Scott Donley leads Big Ten in RBI
By John Mutka Post-Tribune senior correspondent April 8, 2013 7:16PM
Updated: May 10, 2013 6:37AM
Indiana’s 18-game winning streak, the longest in Division I baseball, ended over the weekend, but the Hoosiers are sitting pretty with a 25-4 record.
Crown Point’s Scott Donley, a Virginia Tech transfer, leads the Big Ten with 37 RBI. The hard-hitting DH is batting .380 with nine doubles.
Third baseman Dustin DeMuth (LaPorte) backs him up with a .368 average and a team-leading four sacrifice flies.
The No. 16 Hoosiers are living up to their preseason favorite status with an 8-1 record in the Big Ten. Last weekend they drew record crowds of more than 2,700 fans in successive games with Illinois at Bart Kaufman Field.
Indiana won the first two, including the first night game in the 119-year history of the program. The Illini salvaged the finale of the three-game series.
Toledo’s Ryan Wilkinson (Munster) shut out Buffalo 6-0 with a four-hitter over the weekend. It was his second complete game in his last three starts.
Wilkinson lowered his team-leading ERA to 2.87 The junior southpaw also ranks high on the staff with 53.1 innings spread over eight starts.
Josh Biggs (Washington Twp) has made nine appearances in short relief for Evansville’s Aces. The senior lefty has struck out nine in 10.1 innings and sports an 0,87 ERA. The Aces are 12-17.
Elliott Bajda (Whiting) has started 14 games and is batting .239 for St. Xavier of Chicago. Catcher Tony O’Shea (Valparaiso) carrries a .293 average. The Cougars are 14-10.
Nicole Steinbach (Merrillville/Andrean) is Ball State’s ace, leading the Cardinals with 13 complete games, the latest being a 13-0 shutout of Western Michigan. The freshman sensation tops BSU’s rotation in ERA (2.19) and innings (108.2). She owns a 9-7 record.
Cardinal third baseman Audrey Bickel (Munster/Andrean) has driven in 30 runs in 33 games. Her on-base percentage is .378. The junior has four homers.
Shortstop Jessica Craft (LaPorte) is batting .389 in a part-time role. Ball State owns a 22-11 record and is 7-0 in the Mid-American Conference.
Valparaiso’s Kelly Freeman (Chesterton) and Sarah Drozdowski came up with season-bests in field events for fourth-place finishes at the Duke Invitational. Freeman cleared 11-13/4 in the pole vault and Drozdowski reached 170-7 in the hammer throw.
In the earlier Puma Invitational, Drozdowski was a double winner in the hammer throw and shot put.
IUPUI’s Ryan Cutter (Chesterton) clipped 45 seconds off his personal best with a time of 14:41.51 in the Miami Invitational. He broke the school record with his second-place finish.
Senior Pat Herrod (Chesterton) is averaging 79.4 over eight rounds at DePauw. His best score was 72 in the Wabash Classic. Freshman Logan Bertalan (Valparaiso) is averaging 83.5 strokes over six rounds.