Another Late Lead Evaporates as IU Falls, 6-2, at Tulane
Feb. 26, 2012
NEW ORLEANS, La. - A late-inning lead slipped away from Indiana Baseball (2-4) for the second straight day on Sunday, dropping a 6-2 final score at Tulane (7-1). The Hoosiers held a 2-1 advantage entering the home half of the seventh where Tulane notched a pair and took its first lead of the game.
A quality start from freshman pitcher Kyle Hart was wasted in the losing effort. The Cincinnati, Ohio, native hurled 6.2 innings, scattering six hits and four walks while allowing just one earned run (two runs total). Hart also defended his position well, compiling seven defensive assists.
Indiana went ahead 1-0 in the third inning, thanks to a solo homerun for freshman Chad Clark. In his first career at-bat, Clark tattooed the very first pitch he's seen in a collegiate game. The long ball collided with the outfield netting a good 10-15 feet above the top of the wall.
The IU advantage was quickly erased in the bottom of the third, however; a frustrating half inning for Hart. Twice in the inning, Hart caught a Tulane base runner trying to steal and in a pickle. But both times, the Green Wave player ultimately reached second base safely; one beating the throw from first and another dislodging the ball out Dustin DeMuth's glove with his lead sliding foot. Ironically, Hart still nabbed a baserunner in the frame, ending the inning by sniffing out a double steal and watching Michael Basil make a heady play to throw home and nail a runner at the dish for out number three. When all was said and done though, Tulane had evened the score 1-1 with an unearned tally.
Back-to-back-to-back singles for Indiana pushed the Hoosiers back ahead in the sixth inning, ending with Trace Knoblauch clubbing a pitch into centerfield to drive in Will Nolden and go ahead 2-1. Tulane threatened immediately in the bottom half, loading the bases. Hart induced a soft chopper right back at him, however, and recorded the inning-ending groundout.
Arguably the biggest play of the game occurred in the top of the seventh. Clark led off with what looked like a triple until Tulane appealed to second base and won the appeal as Clark missed the bag on his way towards third. Instead of having a runner on third with no outs, Indiana had to settle for no runners and an out.
More defensive mishaps in the bottom of the seventh gave Tulane another unearned run and a 3-2 lead as the Green Wave was able to push across a pair in the home half. Tulane then tacked on three more in the eighth to create the 6-2 final score.
The Cream and Crimson are back on the road next weekend, traveling to Johnson City, Tenn., for a three-game set with the Buccaneers of East Tennessee State University. Both GameTracker live stats and an audio broadcasts will be available right here at IUHoosiers.com for all three contests down in Tennessee.
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