Unearned Runs Lead to Loss at Cal State Northridge
March 11, 2012
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Unearned runs proved costly once again for the Indiana Baseball team on Sunday, dropping the rubber match at Cal State Northridge, 5-3. Three of the Matador runs were assisted by a pair of Hoosier errors in the eighth inning.
The Hoosiers (4-10) plated two runs in the top of the eighth to even the score at two tallies apiece. CSUN (8-7) capitalized on back-to-back fielding errors in the home half of the eighth, however, pushing across both runners plus one more to go ahead 5-2.
Junior outfielder Justin Cureton extended his hitting streak to five games in the top of the ninth, pushing an RBI-single though the left side of the infield and pulling IU with two runs at 5-3. Sam Travis is working on a streak of his own, having reached base in all 14 games of his young career. He reached twice on Sunday, recording a double and a walk.
Indiana had a solid day on the mound, starting with freshman lefty Kyle Hart. He has now made three consecutive starts which lasted at least five innings and allowed two runs or less. On Sunday, Hart scattered nine hits and a walk over 5.2 innings, allowing two runs and striking out three. Reliever Matt Dearden made his team-high eighth appearance on the season. For the year, he owns a 1.50 ERA through 12 innings of work.
Monday is an off day for the Cream and Crimson before playing five straight days from March 13-17. Indiana is slated to play a pair at San Diego (March 13-14) before heading to Los Angeles for a three-game set with Loyola Marymount. IUHoosiers.com will provide live stats and an audio broadcast for all five contests.
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