College baseball: Indiana advances, stays unbeaten in regional
By Andy Proffet Post-Tribune correspondent June 1, 2013 11:46PM
Updated: July 3, 2013 7:11AM
BLOOMINGTON — Each of the first three games at the NCAA baseball regional at Bloomington was won by one run.
Indiana emphatically ended that streak on Saturday night.
The Hoosiers sent 10 batters to the plate in the second inning and cruised from there, defeating Austin Peay 15-6.
Indiana (45-14) remained undefeated in the NCAA Regional and will face either Austin Peay or Valparaiso tonight. The Crusaders and Governors will meet in an elimination game this afternoon.
Austin Peay (46-14) had won 16 straight games. But after Reed Harper staked the Governors to a 3-0 lead with a home run in the bottom of the first, it was all Indiana.
The Hoosiers scored five runs in the second inning, then added two in the fourth and four each in the fifth and sixth innings to break the game open.
The offensive barrage was a continuation of what the Hoosiers did to Valparaiso Friday night. IU scored four runs in the ninth inning of a 5-4 win over the Crusaders.
On Saturday, IU stampeded through Austin Peay’s rotation. The Hoosiers chased the Governor’s starter, Casey Delgado, after 12/3 innings. He gave up five runs on five hits.
Kevin Corey didn’t fare much better in relief, leaving after 12/3 innings. He allowed just one hit but, like Delgado, walked three. Corey gave up two earned runs.
The Hoosiers then tagged Kacy Kemmer for six hits and four runs in an inning of work. All told, the Governors used six pitchers.
Indiana pounded out 14 hits and forced 12 walks.
Indiana starter Joey DeNato (9-2) struggled early but settled down after giving up four hits and three runs in the first inning. His final numbers: six hits in six innings, with four runs, one unearned, and nine strikeouts. All six hits came in the first two innings.
Game 1: Valparaiso (32-27) vs. Austin Peay (46-14), noon CDT.
Game 2: Game 1 winner vs. Indiana (45-14), 7 p.m. CDT.
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