April 4, 2012
Final Stats |
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
Justin Cureton's walk-off single in the bottom of the 15th inning ended a five-plus hour affair at Sembower Field Wednesday afternoon/evening. The Indiana pitching staff racked up 19 strikeouts in a 6-5 victory over Ball State (5-20). It marked the Cardinals fourth extra-inning contest in their last five games.
With the bases loaded, two outs and darkness setting in; Cureton was the last batter of the ball game, no matter the outcome. He made it count, slapping a single into right to score Chad Clark and pick up the win in what was essentially a buzzer-beater as the Sun dipped behind the dormitories west of Sembower. Clark got aboard with a two-out infield single deep in the hole at short before advancing to third on a pair of subsequent walks.
The Hoosier bullpen was huge down the stretch. After Jonny Hoffman surrendered just one run in his three innings of relief, Matt Dearden and Walker Stadler combined for five innings of no-hit baseball to close things outs.
As a whole, Indiana's pitchers racked up 12 strikeouts in the first nine innings to assure Free Snack Pack Coupons from Mother Bear's Pizza for fans in attendance before fanning seven more Cardinals in extras for a total of 19 punch-outs.
At the dish, Michael Basil led the charge for Indiana (13-16, 4-2 Big Ten). The Cincinnati, Ohio native went 4-for-7 to keep his batting average at home over the .600 mark.
Ball State chipped away at the scoreboard throughout the day, scoring a lone run in five different innings. Indiana, meanwhile, posted a pair of two-run frames in the fifth and seventh innings.
Conference play is next for the Hoosiers, traveling to Illinois for a three-game set with the Fighting Illini. Check back right here at IUHoosiers.com Thursday evening for a series preview.