ETSU Scores Late to Squeak By Hoosiers, 2-1
March 4, 2012
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - A late-inning run doomed the Indiana Baseball team (3-6) once again on Sunday, dropping the game and series, 2-1, at East Tennessee State (6-3). Four of the Hoosiers' six losses have come in one-run game, including two walk-offs.
For the second consecutive weekend, a superb effort from Kyle Hart on the mound ended with a no decision for the freshman southpaw. The Cincinnati, Ohio native lasted 5.1 innings, surrendering just one run. His season ERA dipped to 2.40 through three starts. The Hoosier offense never got on track though, recording just four hits (all singles). Chad Clark stroked two singles into the outfield, while the other pair were infield hits.
Danny Sader drew a walk and scored a run to put IU ahead, 1-0, in the second stanza. Sader moved into scoring position when Will Nolden was plunked with a fast ball to the shoulder blade. Clark took care of the rest, slapping an RBI-single in left field as Sader came around from second to light the scoreboard. ETSU matched the score in the home half of the second, marking the last run scored until the eighth inning.
Each team had some opportunities to break it open in the mid-innings, but neither could capitalize. Both squads placed a runner within 90 feet at third base in the sixth inning. The Buccaneers did it again in the eighth, and finished it off when second baseman Derek Niesman found a hole through the left side of the infield and Chris Riopedre plated the eventual winning run.
Little rest for the weary as Indiana will take Monday off before starting a 12-day stretch that includes 10 road games. Midweek contests at Louisville and Indiana State will be quickly followed by the annual spring break trip. Come back right here to IUHoosiers.com for live stats and an audio broadcast for all Hoosier Baseball games. The voice of the IU Baseball, Jeremy Gray (@jfgray), returns to the airwaves Tuesday for Indiana's battled with the Louisville Cardinals.
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