Offense, Defense Sputter in 4-0 Loss to Iowa
March 31, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Friday night's 10-7 series opener seemingly used up all the offense as just four runs were scored in game two on Saturday, three of which were unearned. All four tallies came from the Iowa Hawkeyes (10-13, 3-2 Big Ten) as they evened the weekend series one game apiece, forcing a rubber game with Indiana (11-16, 3-2) on Sunday at 1:05 pm.
A quality start from freshman hurler Kyle Hart was spoiled in the losing effort. The Cincinnati, Ohio native tossed 6.2 innings, allowing just five hits, two walks and one earned run. A three-error fifth inning for IU derailed his valiant effort though. The Hoosier bullpen did it's job as well, combining for 2.1 innings of shutout baseball to give the IU offense a chance.
Sam Travis and Dustin DeMuth did swing the bat well, each recording a pair of hits. Travis extended his hitting streak to 14 games when slapping an opposite-field single in his first at-bat. The freshman first baseman has now successfully reached base in all 27 games of his young Hoosier career.
Despite the goose egg for Indiana, the Hoosiers had several opportunities at lighting the scoreboard. The Cream and Crimson actually out-hit Iowa, 8-7, but stranded 11 runners in the ball game.
Iowa executed some `small ball' in the second inning to notch the first run. A single and two bunts pushed across the lone earned run. The Hawkeyes then tacked on three more runs, all unearned and assisted from a trio of IU errors, to go ahead by the final score of 4-0.
The series-deciding game three is slated for a 1:05 pm first pitch on Sunday. Come back right here to IUHoosiers.com for live stats and an audio broadcast of the rubber game.
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