March 16, 2012
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -
Loyola Marymount (7-9) took both games of a Friday doubleheader; and the series against Indiana (6-13). The Hoosiers came up on the wrong end of 7-4 and 9-0 final scores to wrap up their spring break trip out in California. A trek that included eight games in nine days.
In game one, designated hitter Dillon Dooney was flawless at the dish. In addition to a 3-for-3 day, he also connected for a sacrifice fly in his fourth plate appearance. A trio of freshmen, Kyle Schwarber, Sam Travis and Will Nolden, also drove in runs.
Schwarber and Travis' RBI came right away in the top of the first to give IU a 2-0 advantage. The lead slipped away over the next two innings though with LMU scoring two in the home half of the first and another in the second stanza.
An IU defensive error, wild pitch and Lion homerun in the fourth frame combined to increase Loyola Marymount's lead, 6-2. The Lions then added another in the subsequent inning.
Indiana started to mount a comeback in the sixth, plating another pair and pulling closer at 7-4. Reliever Brian Korte gave his team a chance, too, as he surrendered just one hit and no walks over the final three innings of the ballgame. The two-run sixth was all IU could muster offensively, however, in the 7-4 setback.
One day after Joey DeNato tossed a complete game three-hitter for the Cream and Crimson, it was LMU's pitching staff doing the same in game two on Friday. Colin Welmon and Bret Dahlson combined to limit the Hoosiers to three hits, not issuing any walks either.
The three Indiana base knocks came from Schwarber, Travis and Michael Basil.
Travis has now reached base in all 19 games of his young Hoosier career and is currently riding a six-game hitting streak.
Indiana Baseball's home opener is just days away, but not before one more road game on Tuesday. The Hoosiers and Eastern Kentucky will compete in a home-and-home series during the midweek, playing Tuesday (March 20) in Richmond, Ky., and Wednesday in Bloomington at Sembower Field. Both games are slated for 3 p.m. first pitches.