Offense Breaks Loose in 9-2 IU Win
March 8, 2014
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Hoosier Baseball forced a Sunday rubber match against Jacksonville University by knotting the weekend series at a game apiece with a 9-2 game two win. The Hoosiers banged out 13 hits and received 4.1 innings of shutout relief from Scott Effross.
Effross, coming off a 6-1 record as a freshman, picked up his first win of 2014 and improved to 1-0 during his sophomore campaign. The Twinsburg, Ohio native entered in the fourth with bases loaded full of Dolphins. He got a weak chopper to keep the runners at bay and maintain Indiana's 4-2 edge heading to the fifth inning.
Indiana built a four-run lead thanks in large part to Scott Donley. The Hoosier DH roped an RBI-single in the third and a 2-run double in the fourth. A wild pitch allowed Sam Travis to come home for run number four. The Dolphins sliced the deficit in half in the bottom of the inning before Effross closed the door.
The Hoosiers lit the scoreboard for a third straight time in the fifth as Will Nolden knocked an RBI-double off the wall to score Casey Smith. Six of nine IU lead-off batters reached base with four ultimately coming around to score, including Smith who got to first the painful route being hit by a pitch.
Nick Ramos kicked off the eighth with the first of four consecutive hits for Indiana, resulting in four more runs. Kyle Schwarber added a double while Casey Rodrigue and Travis each belted RBI-singles to expand the Hoosier lead out to 9-2.
Game three is set for a noon start, an early start after Saturday night/Sunday's morning daylight savings time. Sophomore RHP Christian Morris will take the hill for Indiana.
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