Feb. 16, 2013
DUNEDIN, FLa. -
It took nearly five hours, four hours and 59 minutes to be exact, to determine a winner late Saturday evening between Indiana and Connecticut. The Huskies (1-1) scored the game-winning run in the 15th inning and walked away with a 4-3 squeaker over the Hoosiers (1-1).
A group of seven IU pitchers combined for just four runs (three earned) and 13 strikeouts in the marathon contest while Connecticut's five hurlers were just as impressive, holding the Hoosiers scoreless for the final 12 innings.
Offensively, Sam Travis was the main source of production. The sophomore drove in all three runs, one on an RBI-double and two more coming from his first homerun of the season.
It was a see-saw battle early on as the lead bounced back and forth several times in the first four innings. Indiana struck first when Travis pulled a double off the third base bag, scoring Justin Cureton in the opening frame.
UCONN rebutted with tallies in the second and third to grab its first lead of the night. The pendulum immediately swung back in favor of IU in the next half inning as Travis' towering homerun curled around the foul pole to regain a 3-2 edge for the Cream and Crimson. A pair of bean balls and RBI-single by UCONN's Max McDowell followed in the top of the fourth, evening the score at three runs apiece. That score would hold steady for the next two and half hours until a disastrous 15th doomed the Hoosiers.
The game-winning run was put on first via walk, advanced to second on a balk and eventually came around to score on two wild pitches. Indiana's offense had its chances in previous innings, stranding a runner in scoring position on four occasions from the seventh inning on. Luke Harrison, Scott Effross and Ryan Halstead each tossed 3.1 innings of shutout relief to keep Indiana alive.
The weekend rubber match pits Indiana versus South Florida at 1 pm on Sunday. USF is also 1-1 on the year after splitting a doubleheader on Saturday.