Hoosiers Fall in Season Opener vs. VA Tech, 4-2
Feb. 18, 2011
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Despite out-hitting Virginia Tech, 9-6, the Hoosier baseball team dropped its 2011 season opener, 4-2, in the first game of the Caravelle Resort Invitational down in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Nine Hoosiers stranded on the base paths proved to be too much to overcome.
Freshman Dustin DeMuth started his Hoosier career with a strong showing, picking up two hits and making several stellar plays while manning the hot corner. First team All-American Alex Dickerson also had a multi-hit game, extending his current hitting streak to 18 games dating back to last season. Indiana's bullpen started the season on a good night as well, contributing three scoreless innings of relief.
Indiana lit the scoreboard first, playing a bit of small ball to push one over the plate in the top of the second. DeMuth got the inning start with a beautifully-placed bunt single down the third-base line. Dylan Swift followed with a sacrifice bunt to move DeMuth into scoring position. Two batters later, Micah Johnson dropped an RBI single in front of a diving center fielder to put IU ahead, 1-0.
A pair of wild pitches aided Virginia Tech in scoring two runs in the third, going ahead 2-1. The Hokies threatened again in the fourth frame before Drew Leininger got himself out of a jam and left two runners in scoring position. He wasn't able to repeat that performance in the fifth, however, giving up a two-run homerun clearing the wall in left center.
Back-to-back-to-back singles, including one of the pinch-hit variety by Wes Wilson, plated IU's second run of the ball game and cut the deficit to 4-2. Wilson powered a pitch through the left-side of the infield, splitting the Hokie third baseman and shortstop, to record his first RBI of the season.
Another pinch hitter, Matt Serling, migrated to second base in the top of the ninth before a fly ball resulted in the third and final out for the Cream and Crimson.
Game two is scheduled for a 5 p.m. start on Saturday, Feb. 19. Indiana will face another ACC foe, Boston College, inside BB&T Coastal Stadium (home of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, triple-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers).
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