IU Caps 20-Game Road Trip With a 6-4 Win at EKU
March 20, 2012
RICHMOND, Ky. - Indiana Baseball ended its season-opening 20-game road trip with a 6-4 win on Tuesday, defeating the Eastern Kentucky Colonels 6-4. Indiana pounded out 10 hits, including three doubles and a homerun en route to its seventh win of the season (7-13).
Michael Basil led the offensive charge against EKU (7-12) with a 3-for-4 day that included an RBI-double, run scored and stolen base. Kyle Schwarber and Sam Travis also posted multi-hit showings, both ripping two base knocks and driving in a run each. Two more RBI came off the bat of Chris Sujka, who currently leads the team with 18.
It was a five-pitcher effort for IU on the mound, limiting the Colonels to four runs (two unearned) on six hits. Freshman Luke Harrison got the start, working the mound for 3.2 innings, giving up just two hits and issuing one walk. EKU did score two runs, but both came unearned via defensive errors by the Hoosiers.
Jonny Hoffman was credited with the `W,' hurling 2.1 innings of relief. The duo of Ryan Halstead and Matt Dearden combined to close out the final 2.1 innings of no-hit baseball. Dearden picked up his second save of the season with two strikeouts and a groundball in the bottom of the ninth.
Following the aforementioned pair of unearned tallies for EKU in the first frame, Indiana scored the next four runs of the game. Sujka delivered the first tally, blasting his fourth homer of the season deep into center field. The Oak Forest, Ill., native then drove in another two innings later. With Dillon Dooney on third base after a walk, Travis single and Justin Cureton sacrifice bunt; Sujka put one on the ground to push across Dooney and even the score at 2-2.
The Hoosiers tagged on two more in the next inning, taking their first lead at 4-2. It all started with an infield single deep in the hole at second base for Basil. Heads up baserunning from there notched the first run by Basil and set up Will Nolden for tally number two. Nolden laid down a sac bunt and when the throw to first went sailing into the IU bullpen located in foul territory down the first-base side, Basil came around to score all the way from first base while Nolden wheeled over to third. Facing a drawn-in infield, Schwarber clubbed an inside pitch past a diving second baseman, reaching right field and scoring Nolden.
With bases loaded and no outs in the next half inning, EKU was one swing away from taking its lead back. Hoffman bore down, however, inducing back-to-back groundballs, the first for a double play, and preserving the lead as Eastern Kentucky notched just one run.
Both squads scored a run in the seventh while Basil's RBI-double in the eighth created the final score of 6-4.
The 2012 home opener is set for tomorrow (Wednesday, March 20), concluding the home-and-home series against Eastern Kentucky. First pitch at Sembower Field is slated 3 p.m. Can't make it out to the yard? Make sure to follow along with live stats and an audio broadcast right here at IUHoosiers.com.
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