Talk about a long time coming.
The Indiana University baseball team won the program’s first outright Big Ten title since 1932 Saturday by taking two of three on the road against second-place Ohio State.
LaPorte’s Dustin DeMuth had his 13-game hitting streak snapped, but that didn’t derail the Hoosiers. Crown Point’s Scott Donley helped the Hoosiers rally from a ninth-inning deficit on Friday to beat the Buckeyes in extra innings. Donley fouled off four balls with two strikes before poking a single to center field in the Hoosiers’ 7-2 10-inning victory. IU trailed 2-0 going into its last at-bat.
IU (40-13, 17-7) has captured the Big Ten title outright only three times (1925, 1932, 2013). The Hoosiers will be the No. 1 seed going into this week’s Big Ten tournament in Minneapolis.
DeMuth, meanwhile, was named the Big Ten’s Player of the Week after hitting a blazing .778 with a double, two runs, and an RBI in a three-game series with Northwestern.
It was DeMuth’s fourth career Big Ten weekly award. The junior third baseman hit .692 for the week. He was also flawless on 13 chances at third base with a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage. He is second in the Big Ten in batting average (.406) and third in slugging percentage (.578).
Donley is second in the conference in RBIs (49), sixth in batting average (.358), and eighth in slugging percentage (.508).
Michigan State’s Tony Cheky (Portage) is tied for second in the Big Ten with 22 stolen bases. The sophomore outfielder is hitting .285 with seven doubles, 34 runs, and 11 RBIs.
Lowell’s Ray Skamay finished fifth in the 400 meters for Indiana State at the Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
The junior posted a time of 53.39 as the Sycamores captured the MVC title for the third straight year.
Bowman Academy’s Cornelius Strickland helped Indiana University to a seventh-place finish at the Big Ten Championships.
The freshman scored a point with a time of 21.91 in the 200 to finish eighth, and also ran a leg on IU’s 4x400 relay, which was seventh in 3:15.51.
Whiting’s Mel Dumezich has added an All-Southeastern Conference honor to her impressive resume.
After earning All-Big 12 honors in her first three seasons, the jump in conferences didn’t bother Dumezich, who continued to dominate.
Dumezich, a senior pitcher/utility player, was named second-team All-SEC. She also was picked to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-South Region second team. It was her fourth time chosen to the team.
Dumezich (26-7) owns a 2.36 ERA, fanning 218 batters in 202 innings of work. She has six shutouts this season. The standout has also belted 11 homers, a team-high 11 doubles and has 36 RBIs and 25 walks.
Chesterton’s Amanda Gough, a senior shortstop at Clarion University (Pa.), was named a first-team All-PSAC Central infielder in a vote by the league’s coaches.
Gough led Clarion with 15 RBIs and 12 extra-base hits, including a team-leading nine doubles, and was first in homers (two) and one triple. She was the team’s second-leading hitter with a .357 average, while scoring a team-high 14 runs. Her .355 average was the seventh-highest single-season average at the school since 1993.
Gough enjoyed a nine-game hitting streak at one point of the season and also hit safely in 17 of 27 games with 11 multiple-hit games.
It was a great honor considering Gough earned conference honors for three straight years in volleyball. She is the school’s first athlete to earn conference honors in more than one sport since 1994.
Beecher’s Jordyn Beck, a sophomore first baseman/pitcher at North Central College in Naperville, had 23 hits, including three doubles and one triple this past season.
Beck drove in 16 runs and appeared in two games on the mound for the Cardinals, who finished 35-12 and ended their season in the NCAA Division III Regional round.
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