Army Defeats Indiana, 12-10
March 18, 2011
LAKELAND, Fla. - The hits came early and often for the Indiana baseball team (11-7) on Friday, swatting 16 hits for 10 runs. The offensive explosion was there for Army as well, however, and the Black Knights (4-11) topped IU, 12-10. Seventeen of 18 starters recorded at least one hit in the ball game, including 11 players with multi-hit showings.
The two squads posted identical scores through the first four innings with Army matching the Hoosiers' run total in the bottom half of each inning. The Black Knights broke the copycat trend in the fifth, taking their first lead with a pair of runs to go ahead, 8-7. That lead was short-lived when Indiana pushed across three more runs in the next half inning to seize a 10-8 edge. A dreadful four-run frame in the seventh then repositioned the Black Knights on top, where they stayed in a 12-10 final tally.
Facing a right-handed starting pitcher, the Hoosiers had eight left-handed batters in the line-up. The lone righty was Wes Wilson, and he delivered two hits, three RBI, a walk and run scored. Micah Johnson had himself a day, too, excelling in all facets of the game. In the field, he made a spectacular diving grab to rob Steve May from a hit, to go along with a 3-for-4, two-RBI day at the plate. The Indianapolis, Ind., native was a terror on the base paths as well, swiping two bags and scoring twice.
Indiana recorded back-to-back-to-back-to-back singles on two separate occasions. One such streak included a smoked baseball down the right field line by Jerrud Sabourin, driving in two runs. Matt Serfling tallied the sixth RBI of his junior season, doing so in a limited 17 at-bats.
For the game, the pitching staffs combined to give it up 30 hits while striking out only three batters. Two of those Ks came from Indiana's Matt Carr.
The Cream and Crimson wrap up the spring break trip on Saturday, taking on 2010 NCAA Tournament team Dartmouth at 3 pm. Listen in at IUHoosiers.com with a live audio broadcast provided by Jeremy Gray.
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