Fourteen Hits Not Enough in 13-8 Loss at Indiana State
March 7, 2012
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Hoosier Baseball pounded out 14 hits and eight runs Wednesday afternoon, but a more-efficient Indiana State squad converted it's 14 hits into 13 runs for the 13-8 victory over Indiana. The Sycamores (8-4) extended their current winning streak to eight games while IU falls to 3-8 on the season.
The Hoosier trio of Justin Cureton, Sam Travis and Chris Sujka combined for nine hits, six RBI and five runs scored to lead the Indiana offense. Travis went 4-for-5 and scored twice while Cureton and Sujka each tallied a homerun and drove in three runs. Dillon Dooney, making his first appearance of 2012, had a good day at the dish as well. He recorded an RBI-single and reached base three times after drawing a pair of walks.
Indiana held a 4-1 lead after two and a half innings, thanks in large part to Sujka's third 3-run homer of the season coming in the second inning. Travis then got ahead in the count and ripped his pitch for a double down the line in the third frame. Dooney rolled one through the infield later in the inning to score Travis. Dooney now has four RBI in two career games played at Bob Warn Field.
The Sycamores made it 4-3 in the home half of the third when a two-out flare sailed just wide of Chad Clark's out-stretched mitt and landed in shallow right field, netting two runs.
Indiana State continued to see the ball well, scoring at least one run in each of the final seven innings.
Sujka's third hit in as many at-bats came in the top of the sixth; a liner into left field. Cureton would then connect on his long-ball to score Sujka and himself, pulling IU within reach at 10-7. That three-run margin is as close as Indiana would get for the remainder though, ultimately falling 13-8.
The Cream and Crimson get right back at it on Friday with eight games in a nine-day stretch over spring break. Indiana will play a three-game series at Cal State-Northridge Friday through Sunday, have an off day Monday, and then have two games at San Diego before culminating the west coast swing with three games at Loyola Marymount. Live stats and an audio broadcast will be available for all eight spring break contests. Check back right here at IUHoosiers.com and/or Head Coach Tracy Smith's official twitter page (@HoosierBaseball) for links on game day.
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