BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana’s (44-13) Sam Travis hit a home run and Joey DeNato pitched 7.1 strong innings as the top seed in the NCAA Bloomington Regional topped third-seeded Stanford (31-24) on Saturday night at Bart Kaufman Field, 4-2.
DeNato improved to 13-1 on the year, setting a new IU record for most wins by a pitcher in a single season. He also is now the school’s single-season leader in innings pitched with 109.0. The San Diego, Calif., native gave up two earned runs on six hits while striking out four batters.
Travis was 3-for-5 on the night with two RBI, including his solo home run in the fifth. He now has 12 home runs and a team-leading 57 RBI this year.
Jake Kelzer earned his third save of the year in 1.2 innings of relief to end the game. He gave up just one hit and struck out a batter.
Indiana, who played as the visiting team, struck first in the opening inning. Casey Rodrigue opened the game with a walk and Schwarber followed with a double to right field to plate the first run of the evening.
Stanford answered right back in the bottom of the first to even the score. With two outs, Alex Blandino reached on a single and he came around to score on an Austin Slater double to left center.
IU struck again in the third. Ramos started it with a double and Schwarber later walked with two outs. Travis fouled off several pitches before taking the ball to center for a single to bring home Ramos from second. IU led 2-1 after the three innings.
In the top of the fifth, Travis stepped to the plate with two outs and the bases empty. He connected with a high fastball and knocked a solo home run over the fence in left center to give IU a two-run cushion.
Stanford got a run back in the bottom of the sixth as Austin Slater went yard for a solo home shot to left center. After six, Indiana’s lead was 3-2.
Travis started the eighth with a single and Scott Donley moved him over with a sacrifice bunt. Dustin DeMuth then walked to put runners on first and second. Nolden stepped to the dish with two outs. He worked the count full before hitting a single to centerfield to bring home Travis to give the Hoosiers an insurance run.
In the bottom of the ninth, Stanford’s Wayne Taylor hit a ground-rule double with two outs to bring the tying run to the plate. Kelzer then induced a ground ball to a diving Travis at first base to end the ballgame.
Indiana will play on Sunday at 6:05 p.m. ET at Bart Kaufman Field. The Hoosiers will play the winner of Sunday’s 1:05 p.m. elimination game between Stanford and Youngstown State.