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Winners in 13 of 14, Big Ten -leading Hoosiers are rounding into form behind defense, pitching

Indiana is finally looking like the team it was expected to be.Coming off its first College World Series appearance, the Hoosiers were ranked as high as No. 3 in the preseason. But they started 12-10 and had two pitchers go out with season-ending injuries.With a month left in the regular season, the Hoosiers (25-11, 11-1) have won 13 of 14 and lead the Big Ten by two games over an Illinois team they'll face this weekend on the road."We weren't winning," coach Tracy Smith said, "so the rough start is defined by the wins and losses. But I felt good about the way we were playing. We hit the ball but weren't getting hits. Our pitching was solid and our defense was solid."Dustin DeMuth, Sam Travis and Kyle Schwarber are the big bats, as expected, and the Hoosiers' 25 home runs lead the Big Ten. But they're not the same as they were offensively a year ago. They're batting .279, 23 points below their 2013 average, and scoring 5.5 runs a game compared with 6.7.Indiana has been winning with str...

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