Hoosiers Can't Hold On in 7-5 Defeat to Oregon State
Feb. 27, 2011
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - A three-run eighth inning for Oregon State (4-3) doomed the Hoosier baseball team (3-3) Sunday afternoon, falling short, 7-5, in the final game down in Texas. The Hoosiers did win two of three games at the Kleberg Bank Classic, however, topping #14 Connecticut and Texas A&M Corpus Christi to open the weekend.
Justin Cureton wrapped up his impressive tournament by going 3-for-5 with an RBI and two stolen bases. He swiped four bags during the three-game stretch as the Hoosiers' lead-off man. Micah Johnson and Michael Basil also tallied multiple hits in the game.
Indiana got on the board first with a pair of runs in the third inning. It was the bottom of the lineup doing much of the damage on Sunday. Johnson fooled the defense with a bunt single to get things started. After moving to second on a balk, Ty Downing drove him in with a line drive to center field. Downing was then issued a free pass to second as well following a failed pick off attempt resulting in an error. Basil was up next and delivered a two-bagger down the line to put IU ahead 2-0.
Oregon State manufactured a lone run in each of the next two innings to quickly even the score.
The Hoosiers just as quickly went back ahead the next half inning. An infield single by Johnson kicked things off once again in the fifth. Downing laid down a sacrifice bunt and a passed ball allowed Johnson to cross over to third base. A high chopper over the pitcher's head towards the shortstop off the bat of Cureton scored Johnson and allowed the speedy Cureton to hustle out another infield hit for the Hoosiers.
With two outs in the bottom half of the fifth, Matt Carr induced a pop up right in front of the mound and the inning looked to be over. Several Hoosiers called for it, but no one caught it. The next pitch was sent over the left field wall, good for two unearned runs and a 4-3 lead for the Beavers.
The pendulum continued to swing as IU scratched a tally on the board in both the sixth and seventh frames. Wes Wilson's double was followed up by Dillon Dooney's first career hit to make a 4-4 score. Basil then pushed IU back on top with a solo shot in the seventh.
Indiana's bullpen, which entered the game with a string of 23 consecutive innings without allowing a run, had it's first bad outing of the season. Oregon State tagged the Hoosier relief for three more runs in the eighth inning to take a 7-5 edge. That score would eventually become the final tally.
Next up for the Cream and Crimson is a mid-week road contest at Xavier on Wed., March 2 at 3 pm. Indiana is slated to play four games during the upcoming week, also heading to Knoxville, Tenn., for weekend games against Tennessee, Bradley and Morehead State.
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