Hoosiers Win Home Opener, 2-1, Over Xavier
March 5, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Cincinnati native Kyle Hart shutout one of his hometown universities for seven innings, guiding #17 Indiana (5-5) in a tight 2-1 victory over Xavier (5-4) in the 2014 Hoosier home opener. Reliever Luke Harrison breezed through the final four batters to seal the win and earn his first career save.
Hart tallied the 14th win of his career and improved his record to 9-3 since the start of 2013 (18 starts). The Sycamore High School product blanked XU for seven frames, scattering four hits and four walks while striking out three in the winning effort. Harrison struck out a pair while retiring the final four in order.
Offensively, Indiana received runs from Craig Dedelow and Tim O'Conner; driven in by Nick Ramos and Casey Rodrigue. Dedelow and Dustin DeMuth led the team in hitting, each cracking a pair of base knocks.
A pitchers' duel ensued through the first six and a half frames as both starters stranded runners inning after inning. The Hoosiers finally broke through in the bottom of the seventh when Dedelow led off with a liner into center field. He shifted over to third base on a costly defensive error by Xavier. Ramos made them pay on the next at-bat, lifting a sac fly into right field to score Dedelow. Two batters later, Rodrigue yanked an inside pitch down the line rolling into the corner for an RBI-double.
Back-to-back Musketeer singles in the subsequent half inning placed runners at the corners. With two outs, Patrick Jones chopped one towards the third base side, resulting in an infield single and RBI as Vinny Nittoli sprinted home from third base. Harrison emerged from the bullpen then, inducing an inning-ending fly ball. He came right back in the ninth with a weak foul out and two strikeouts to wrap it up.
Head Coach Tracy Smith
SP Kyle Hart
The Cream and Crimson hit the road Thursday, headed south for a three-game series at Jacksonville University.
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