SURPRISE, Ariz. – Tenth-ranked Indiana scored three runs in the first inning and pounded out 15 hits total to lead from start to finish in an 8-2 win over Washington Friday night at Surprise Stadium in the Pac-12/Big Ten Tournament.
Indiana jumped on Huskies’ starter Jared Fisher (0-1) for three runs after two outs in the bottom of the first. Kyle Schwarber hit a one-out triple to deep right field, was left at third on a groundout back to the mound, but came in on the first of four-consecutive singles by Indiana hitters. By the end of the inning, the Huskies were saddled with a 3-0 deficit.
Washington got a run back in the third when Erik Forgione reached on a single and came around to score one batter later when Braden Bishop reached second after he hit a line drive that left fielder Casey Smith misplayed. Any chance of adding more runs ended when Bishop was picked off of second and Ely, who followed by reaching base on a walk, was also it picked off of first. Ely was the third Husky to be picked off in the first three innings.
In the fifth, UW got to within a run of Indiana on another error by Smith in leftfield. Senior Brian Wolfe led off with a ground-rule double to right field, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt and came around to score when Bishop lofted a potential sacrifice fly to left that was dropped. Bishop was stranded, but the Dawgs had cut the lead to 3-2.
Indiana extended its lead in the sixth when Schwarber unloaded a three-run home run deep over the right field fence to make it 6-2.
The long ball basically ended Fisher’s night. The junior allowed six runs on 13 hits and struck out six in 5.1 innings.
The Hoosiers added two more runs in the bottom of the eighth to reach the final score of 8-2.
Indiana starter Joey DeNato (2-0) allowed six hits, two runs, one earned run and struck out seven in six innings of work to pick up the victory for the Hoosiers.
Schwarber came up a double shy of hitting for the cycle and was 4-for-5 on the night.
Alex Schmidt led Washington's offense -- which managed eight hits -- going 3-for-4.
Washington plays Nebraska in the second of four games at Surprise Stadium on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. PT. They will face Michigan State on Sunday at 1 p.m. PT to wrap up the tournament and then play Oregon State on Monday at 10:00 a.m. PT in a non-conference contest.
#10 Indiana 8, Washington 2
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IU 300 003 02x -- 8 15 2
Jared Fisher, Will Ballowe (6) and Austin Rei. Joey DeNato, Scott Effross (7) and Kyle Schwarber. W – DeNato (2-0). L – Fisher (0-1). Sv - Effross (1). HR – IU, Schwarber (1). 2B - UW, Brian Wolfe. IU, Will Nolden. 3B - IU, Schwarber, Sam Travis. Time – 2:29. Attendance – 800.