OXFORD, Ohio – Nationally ranked Indiana scored in all but two innings to defeat the Miami University baseball team 16-1 on Wednesday.
IU, which is ranked as high as 11th in the national polls, improves to 29-12 on the season. MU drops to 20-24.
The Hoosiers’ first three batters singled to start the game. Sam Travis was the third batter in that sequence and his knock scored leadoff batter Casey Rodrigue to put IU ahead 1-0 early on. With one away, Dustin DeMuth and Brad Hartong posted consecutive RBI singles to put the Hoosiers on top 3-0.
Indiana chased Miami starter Wynston McMartin in the second. Travis’ chopper found a hole through the infield for a two-out RBI single and Sam Donley drew a two-out walk to end McMartin’s afternoon. MU brought Brad Schwartz in to get the final out of the frame with the RedHawks trailing 4-0.
IU added single runs in the third and fifth innings to go ahead by a 6-0 count. Each run was scored on a Tim O’Conner RBI single.
The RedHawks went hitless over the first four innings, but John Crummy opened the fifth with a single to end the Hoosiers’ no-hit bid. After a pair of strikeouts, Ryan Elble slipped a single through the left side of the infield to put two runners a board with two outs. However, Indiana reliever Evan Bell got another strikeout to fan the side and keep Miami off the board through five frames.
The Hoosiers opened up the contest with a five-run sixth. Kyle Schwarber led off the frame with a solo home run and a two-out error scored Hartong from second while extending the frame. O’Conner posted a two-run single, his fourth hit of the game, and Schwarber drew a bases loaded walk in his second plate appearance of the frame to bump IU’s lead to 11-0. Indiana added another run in the seventh on a Hartong sacrifice fly, putting it up 12-0 after seven full innings. IU finished up its scoring with a four-run ninth to go up 16-0.
Miami avoided the shutout on Matt Honchel’s RBI groundout in the ninth. McMartin (0-1) was the first of seven pitchers the Red and White sent to the mound.
The RedHawks finish up their home slate over the weekend when they host Bowling Green for a three-game set that starts on Friday. First pitch of the series opener is at 6 p.m.