Hoosiers Fall to RedHawks
April 9, 2008
OXFORD, Ohio - The Indiana baseball team dropped an 11-4 decision to Miami (Ohio) on Wednesday evening at McKie Field. IU fell to 14-13 on the year, while the RedHawks improved to 8-21. The teams split the two-game season series.
Third baseman Tyler Rogers finished the evening 3-for-4 with two RBIs and one run scored to lead the Hoosier 10-hit attack.
The RedHawks struck first with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the first on a two-run homer off the bat of Tommy Nurre. But the Hoosiers struck back in the top of the second with a run of their own to trim it to 2-1. Jerrud Sabourin reached on a walk, and a fielder's choice put Michael Earley at first in his stead. After Earley stole second, he came around two batters later when Rogers laced a double to right center to cut the deficit in half.
Rogers moved to third on a wild pitch, then tried to score on another, but was gunned down at the plate to end the inning.
Miami stretched the lead to 4-1 with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second on a triple, a single, a walk and a hit batsman. But the Hoosiers fought back to make it a one-run game in the top of the fourth. With two down, IU got three straight singles from Wes Wilson, Rogers and David Trager, and two wild pitches helped the Hoosiers push a pair across. Chase Stewart then came on and got Chris Hervey to bounce out to end the inning.
That is as close as Indiana could get. Miami responded with one in the home half of the inning and three tallies in both the fifth and sixth innings to put the game away.
The Hoosiers did add a solo mark in the eighth when Brad Henke came around on a Rogers' single for the final run of the evening.
IU returns to Big Ten action, welcoming Iowa to Bloomington this weekend for a four-game series. The team's open the set with a single game on Friday at 3 p.m. followed by a doubleheader at noon on Saturday and the series finale at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Saturday's doubleheader will air on the Big Ten Network.
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