Hoosiers Witness Tulane Walk-Off in 12th Inning
Feb. 25, 2012
NEW ORLEANS, La. - For the second consecutive night, Hoosier Baseball (2-3) came up one run shy against Tulane (6-1). One day after coming up on the wrong end of a 4-3 final score, Indiana dropped game two, 9-8, in the 12th inning.
It was a rollercoaster affair as the Green Wave jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning before watching Indiana storm back and take an 8-5 advantage in the fifth. Tulane then had a response of its own, coming back to even the score at 8-8. As the game rolled past the four-hour mark, Andrew Garner connected on a walk-off single in the bottom of the 12th frame to give Tulane its second win of weekend.
Freshmen Kyle Schwarber and Chris Sujka spearheaded a five-run outburst in the fifth inning. Schwarber crushed a two-run homer to get things started, followed four batters later by a three-run bomb for Sujka. It marked Sujka's second homerun of the season, both of the three-run variety, and his ninth and 10th RBI.
On the mound, Jonny Hoffman and Ryan Halstead combined for 6.0 innings of shutout relief, allowing just four hits and one walk combined. The Hoosiers used a total of seven pitchers in the 12-inning marathon.
Facing a 4-0 deficit in the top of the second, A Schwarber walk and single for Collin McEnery placed runners at the corners for Sujka. He powered a pitch through the left side of the infield for his first of four RBI on the day. Justin Cureton then made it back-to-back RBI-singles for IU, slapping a ball into left field, scoring McEnery.
In addition to another run in the third frame, the Hoosiers took their first lead by pushing across five runs in the top of the fifth. The two-homerun inning gave IU an 8-5 edge.
Tulane chipped away at that lead, however, scoring twice in the seventh and knotting things up with a two-out RBI in the eighth.
Three walks in the home half of the 12th handed Tulane a base loaded situation; and with two outs on the scoreboard, the Green Wave delivered another two-out run-scoring hit. This time it was Garner, flaring a walk-off single into right field and ending the game.
The two squads will return to Turchin Stadium on Sunday to wrap up the weekend series. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. (EST).
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