Michigan Gets By IU On Get-Away Day, 4-3
March 23, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Looking for a sweep in its Big Ten opening series, the Indiana baseball team (12-9, 2-1 Big Ten) came up short, 4-3, to Michigan (9-14-1, 1-2 Big Ten) at Bart Kaufman Field on Sunday afternoon. The Hoosiers lost for the first time in six home games this season and for the first time in 10 games dating back to 2010 against the Wolverines.
Second baseman Casey Rodrigue had a hand in all three runs, driving in two and scoring one. The junior finished the weekend with six hits in 14 at-bats, six RBI, three runs and two steals.
IU stranded eight runners in the ballgame, including six in scoring position, and left 24 on base overall in the series.
Michigan grabbed a quick 1-0 lead in the first before Rodrigue drove in a pair in the third with a single to make it 2-1.
The Wolverines regained the edge with three unearned runs in the fourth on a bases-clearing double by shortstop Travis Maezes. Indiana loaded the bases with one out in the bottom half of the frame, but U-M reliever Keith Lehmann induced an inning-ending double play to escape the jam.
Rodrigue pulled the Hoosiers within one in the fifth after he came around on a Kyle Schwarber single. IU went on to load the bases once again, this time with two outs, only to come up empty.
Indiana let a golden opportunity slip away in the eighth. Junior designated hitter Scott Donley singled and senior third baseman Dustin DeMuth doubled to open the inning and advance runners to second and third when U-M catcher Cole Martin picked off pinch runner Chris Sujka at third.
True freshman right fielder Craig Dedelow put men on the corners with a single through the right side. Following a strikeout, right fielder Jackson Lamb robbed junior center fielder Will Nolden and the Hoosiers of two runs with a diving catch right before the warning track to preserve the victory.
Hoosiers starter Christian Morris (0-2) allowed just one earned run in five innings. The sophomore pitched around eight hits, walked one and struck out a career-high five batters.
Head Coach Tracy Smith
Indiana hits the road for a mid-week game at Indiana State on Wednesday (6 p.m.) and a three-game Big Ten series at Ohio State on Friday-Sunday.
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