Rough Day for IU, Falling 6-1 to Miami (OH)
April 5, 2011
OXFORD, Ohio - A plethora of blunders, which included three defensive errors, five hit batsmen and four walks, sealed the Hoosiers fate on Tuesday in Oxford, Ohio; where Indiana (18-10) dropped a 6-1 decision to the Miami (OH) RedHawks (14-14).
Starting pitcher Brian Korte looked good, tossing four innings of no-hit baseball. He allowed just one runner to reach base, and quickly erased that man with a double play from the next batter. In the planned "staff day," Drew Leininger relieved Korte to start the fifth frame with the game remaining scoreless.
That changed in the top of the fifth though, as T.C. Knipp stole home for the first run of the game. An error by the RedHawks set the Hoosiers up in prime scoring real estate, two runners in scoring position with no outs. After watching back-to-back batters get rung up with the bat not leaving their shoulder, Head Coach Tracy Smith was fed up with the passive approach and sent Knipp racing aggressively towards home plate. Knipp slid in head-first under the tag attempt from the catcher to put IU ahead, 1-0.
The pitchers' duel continued through the sixth when Leininger cut down a RedHawk scoring opportunity with an inning-ending double play in the bottom of the sixth. The Hoosier twin killing left a RedHawk stranded in scoring position.
Things began to go sour in a disastrous seventh stanza when Miami scored three runs despite only one ball leaving the infield. Hoosier gaffes kept coming in the eighth as five RedHawks were plunked in those two innings alone. After a pair of free passes to start the bottom of the eighth, MU's Kyle Weldon took business into his own hands and charged a two-RBI single into center field. Add on another run tallied via a bases-loaded HBP, and Miami led 6-1 heading to the ninth.
The Hoosiers were retired in order in the ninth to conclude the contest.
Jerrud Sabourin was a bright spot for the Cream and Crimson, going 2-for-4 at the plate. He is now hitting .342 with 10 RBI in the last 10 games.
Indiana jumps back into conference play this weekend, hosting the 2011 Big Ten home-opening series against the Ohio State Buckeyes. The first pitch of the three-game set is slated for 3:05 pm on Friday (Apr. 8). Both Friday and Saturday's games will be streamed live online at BigTenNetwork.com while Sunday's ballgame can be heard right here at IUHoosiers.com. GameTracker live stats will be available for all three contests.
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