Hoosiers Fall in 15 Innings
Feb. 23, 2014
SURPRISE, Ariz. - Indiana and Utah exchanged blows for 15 rounds Saturday before the final knockout punch came in the bottom of the 15th inning on Cory Hunt's second two-out RBI-single in extra innings. The Utes (3-3) escaped with a 5-4 tally over #10 IU (2-4) for the Pac-12's first win of the 2014 Pac-12/Big Ten Challenge.
A see-saw battle included five lead changes with neither team owning a lead of more than a lone run at any point. While Indiana used eight pitchers, a pair of Utah hurlers combined to work 13.2 of the 15 innings. The Utes received a 6.2-inning start from Tanner Banks and a complete seven frames of relief from Nick Green.
Tim O'Conner and Nick Ramos drove in runs in the fifth and seventh innings, respectively, giving IU its first lead of the night overcoming an early 1-0 deficit. Ramos' run-scoring triple was counterpunched by a two-run home half for Utah, both of which were unearned.
Superb baserunning from Casey Rodrigue in the subsequent half inning pulled Indiana back even at three runs apiece. The Louisiana native led off with a single, moved from first to third on a blistered single up the middle and then touched home on a chopper back to the pitcher.
Utah threatened a walk-off winner for the first time in the bottom of the ninth. Tyler Yagi poked a two-out single and took off for second base on the very next pitch. Kyle Schwarber came up firing though and gunned him down to send it into extra innings.
The Hoosiers were the first to strike in bonus baseball, taking advantage of two Utes errors for a run in the top of the 13th frame. Utah continued its sac bunt extravaganza in the home half, however, utilizing one of its seven sac bunts on the day to set up the tying run in scoring position. Down to their last strike, Hunt tallied his first hit of the season, a game-extending RBI-single.
After Indiana failed to capitalize on a lead-off triple from freshman Craig Dedelow in the 14th, the Utes went back to small ball in the 15th. It was déjà vu all over again as Hunt delivered another two-out RBI for the walk-off winner.
Indiana wraps up its weekend in Arizona with an 11 am MT/1 pm ET match-up against #1 Oregon State (4-2).
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