Poor Defense Costs IU in 12-5 Loss at Cal State-Northridge
March 10, 2012
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Indiana Baseball's weekend series at Cal State-Northridge (7-7) is headed for a rubber match Sunday after the Matadors took game two, 12-5, on Saturday. The Hoosiers (4-9) committed seven errors in the ball game, leading to eight unearned runs for CSUN.
Hoosier lead-off hitter Justin Cureton started the game with a single through the right side of the infield. He then took off for second, swiping his first of two bags on the day. A ground-rule double for Chad Clark two batters later brought Cureton home for a 1-0 IU lead. Kyle Schwarber immediately followed by pounding a pitch right back up the middle to notch run number two.
The defensive mishaps started right away in the home half of the first as a failed pick-off move sailed over the head of Trace Knoblauch at first base. CSUN would later score the unearned run, and did so again in the third inning to even the score at 2-2 on a pair of hand-wrapped runs.
The Matadors would blow open the doors in the fourth, notching five runs which were quickly followed up by a three-run fifth and two-run sixth inning.
Indiana's Clark slapped his second RBI-hit of the day in the sixth for the third Hoosier run. Dillon Dooney, playing in front of family and friends, cranked a two-run homerun in the eighth inning to give Indiana its fourth and fifth runs. The Poway, Calif., native now has three RBI in four season at-bats.
Nineteen Hoosiers played in the game, including five of which hale from Southern California.
The series-deciding game three is slated for a 5 p.m. (eastern) first pitch on Sunday. Come back to IUHoosiers.com for live stats and an audio broadcast of all Hoosier Baseball games.
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