Connecticut Topples Hoosiers, 9-5
Feb. 28, 2010
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Connecticut (2-1) jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead and was able to stave off a late rally by the Indiana baseball team as the Huskies took a 9-5 decision from the Hoosiers (2-5). Micah Johnson, Josh Lyon and Tyler Rogers each had two hits in the game for the Hoosiers, while eight of the nine Huskies in the lineup hit safely.
Matt Barnes picked up the win in relief, striking out six in 2 2/3 innings and allowing just one hit and one earned run. Matt Igel fell to 0-2 for the Hoosiers, while Jonny Hoffman, Matt Ernest and Ethan Wilson combined to allow only three unearned runs out of the pen. Bob Van Woert pitched well in his first start of the 2010 campaign, surrendering four hits and two walks in four innings of work.
The Huskies jumped out quickly, plating five runs in the first on four hits, including a two-run homer by George Springer, to get out to a 5-0 lead. UConn chased Igel in the second, after the sophomore gave up a hit and a walk to start off the inning. Jonny Hoffman came on and got a strikeout and a pickoff for the first two outs, but the Huskies plated the sixth run of the game on a two-out Mike Nemeth single to make it 6-0.
Hoffman settled in from there, and the Hoosiers cut into the UConn advantage by scoring a pair of runs on two hits and an error. Lyon got it started with a leadoff double, and two batters later Michael Earley was hit by a pitch to put runners at the corners with one down. Rogers then roped a single to left to plate Lyon and make it a 6-1 score. After a flyout went in the books for the second out, Earley and Rogers executed a double steal, and the throw from the catcher went into left field to allow Earley to score and trim the deficit to 6-2.
But the Huskies rebounded against Hoffman in the fifth, plating three runs on three hits and an error. Mike Olt and Nemeth started the inning with seeing-eye singles, and Hoffman clipped LJ Mazzilli on an inside pitch to load the bases. The freshman rebounded for back-to-back strikeouts to notch two outs, but allowed a walk and a single to score three runs and give UConn a 9-2 lead.
The Hoosiers plated a solo run in the sixth on a Rogers RBI double, then rallied for two more runs in the ninth. T.C. Knipp was hit by a pitch with one away in the inning, and Johnson followed with a single to left to move Knipp up 90 feet. Jerrud Sabourin reached on a fielder's choice, but the throw from shortstop went awry and Knipp was able to score the fourth Hoosier run. Alex Dickerson and Lyon followed with consecutive singles to make it 9-5, but Wes Wilson struck out to end the game with the tying run on deck.
Indiana is slated to return to action on Tuesday at Indiana State at 3 p.m. Stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com this week for all the latest on that contest.
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