March 12, 2013
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -
In its first ever game as a nationally-ranked program, #24 Indiana Baseball (9-3) gutted out a 4-2 win over Army (3-8) Tuesday evening in the first of five straight days with games.
The Hoosiers overcame three defensive errors and seized the victory thanks in large to a stellar effort from the bullpen. Luke Harrison earned the win in relief, surrendering a lone unearned run in 3.2 innings pitched. He punched out four batters in the process. Christian Morris checked in next and sat down the Black Knights `1-2-3' in the seventh inning. After a lead-off single and walk in the eighth, Ryan Halstead was called upon to close the door. He slammed it shut with four consecutive strikeouts and the recording the final six outs of the contest for his third save of the season.
With 14 career saves Halstead moves into a tie for third-most all-time in school history, pulling even with Ryan Smith (2000-03). Chris Squires (2007-10) holds the record with 20.
The `5-6-7' hitters in the lineup provided much of the offense. Dustin DeMuth and Casey Smith each went 2-for-4 with a run scored and RBI. Smith's RBI came off a line-drive homer in the second stanza. The switch hitter has now smacked a long-ball from both sides of the dish in 2013. Ricky Alfonso, batting in the eight-hole, also scored and drove in a run.
The lead went back-and-forth throughout as Smith's homerun gave IU the first advantage. Army jumped ahead 2-1 over the next four frames before a three-run inning for Indiana in the seventh flip-flopped the lead for the last time.
Indiana is back at again on Wednesday, facing Fairfield University in a 1:30 pm start at Chain O' Lakes Park.