(Photo Credit: Indiana Baseball)
Indiana baseball improved to 30-14 (11-4 B1G), but now end the week in second place in the B1G. They took down the Golden Gophers to remain perfect in B1G series play and did so in convincing fashion today in a 7-1 victory.
Barr started the game out with a double and two RBIs, followed by Richardson grounded into a fielder’s choice for another RBI. The Hoosiers never trailed behind the impressive pitching of Andrew Saalfrank (6-1) who fanned 6 over 5.2 innings. Opposing starter Joshua Culliver lasted 0.2 innings while allowing 3 runs, one of which was earned.
The Hoosiers have now won 13 of the last 15 games and show no signs of slowing down. They feel confident and are all buying in to the system. This swagger and focus was what helped Indiana overcome a 6-1 deficit on Saturday and becoming eventual walk-off winners after Matt Lloyd’d two-out, three-run homer.
Despite winning another series, the Hoosiers do not retain No. 1 in B1G standings as Michigan (31-11) went perfect on the week and are 11-3 to the Hoosiers 11-4 on the week. The Wolverines have been on a 8 game win streak compared to Indiana’s two-game streak.
Home runs continue to be a huge factor in Indiana’s keys to success. They have led the nation in home runs for the last week and continue to add them on a nearly daily basis. They currently lead Division-I schools with 77 and with Barr and Lloyd who currently leads the B1G in both home runs (14) and RBI (45). Their top to bottom dangerous lineup make opposing pitchers struggle early and often.
Next up, the Hoosiers travel to Urbana-Champaign to face the Illini after a 4 day break. Their first of three games will be Friday night at 7PM. There are only three more series with intervening games against Kentucky and Louisville remaining on the season before postseason play begins.