Highly-Contested Series Ends With Second Walk-Off
March 16, 2014
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Indiana Baseball faced its second walk-off defeat of the weekend on Sunday, dropping the rubber match 2-1. The Hoosiers (9-8) and Dirtbags (10-8) fought tooth-and-nail throughout the series with all three contests decided by one run. The score was tied entering the ninth inning of all three games.
Sophomore Christian Morris pitched a jewel for the Cream and Crimson, surrendering just one run while lasting eight full innings and striking out three. His season ERA dipped to 2.75 in nearly 20 innings of work after a tough-to-swallow no decision out on the west coast.
Three straight singles, capped off by a bunt hit, loaded the bases with no outs for LBSU in the bottom of the fourth. Morris and a stellar defensive effort behind him limited the damage to only one run and kept the Hoosiers within reach.
With an out in the top of the eighth, Will Nolden lined one back at the pitcher and out-ran the ricochet for an infield single. Pinch hitters Craig Dedelow and Scott Donley followed, each cracking base knocks back up the middle. Donley's chopper plated Nolden and evened the ledger at 1-1.
Three Hoosier relievers gave an effort in the ninth, but four LBSU singles chipped in to another walk-off winner.
Indiana hosts four home games at Bart Kaufman Field during the upcoming week, hosting Louisville on Wednesday (March 19; 4:05 pm) and a three-game weekend series to open up Big Ten play versus Michigan.
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