Indiana's Comeback Bid Falls Short in Series Finale
April 11, 2010
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Indiana rallied for three runs in the final three innings, but its comeback fell short in a 10-8 loss to Ohio State (19-9, 4-2 Big Ten) on Sunday. Michael Earley, Josh Lyon and Alex Dickerson each hit solo home runs in a losing effort for the Hoosiers (15-15, 2-4).
Lyon had three hits and scored three times for IU, while Micah Johnson continued his red-hot weekend with a 2-for-4 game. Johnson extended his hitting streak to 16 games with his impressive series. Dickerson had two hits as well.
Walker Stadler collected the loss for Indiana, surrendering 10 hits and two walks in his 4 2/3 innings. Four of the eight runs he allowed were unearned. Dean Wolosiansky was credited with the win, as he gave up just six hits and five runs in six innings. Theron Minium tossed the final three innings to be credited with a save.
Indiana struck first with a run on an RBI single by Dickerson in the top of the first, but OSU countered with four runs, all unearned, in the bottom of the frame. With two down and a runner on first, a hit and a walk loaded the bases. Cory Rupert then hit a 10-foot dribbler just in front of the plate, and Dylan Swift had to hurry his throw to first. Rupert got between Jerrud Sabourin and the throw, as it tailed up the first base line, allowing two runs to score. Brian DeLucia, who had three hits on the day, drove in two runs with a single up the middle to make it 4-1.
After OSU got a run on a solo homer by Michael Stephens in the top of the third, IU bounced back with three runs in the top of the fourth. Earley drew a leadoff walk and Lyon followed with a single to put runners at the corners with nobody out. After a Tyler Rogers flyout, Ethan Wilson walked and then Swift ripped a single to left field to score two runs. The throw home caromed off Lyon's foot as he scored, allowing Swift and Wilson to move into scoring position. Johnson hit an RBI grounder to second next, and the throw pulled first baseman Ryan Dew off the bag to leave runners at the corners with one down and the score 5-4. But Wolosiansky was able to get the next two runners to keep it a one-run game.
The next inning, Lyon erased that deficit with a line-drive shot over the right-field wall, his fifth longball of the year, to make it 5-5. Ohio State bounced back again with a two-out rally in the bottom of the frame, though, scoring three runs on four hits, all with two down. OSU added two more runs in the sixth without the benefit of a hit, as two walks and two hit batsmen followed by a groundout made it 10-5.
Indiana rallied in the seventh off of Minium. Dickerson hit his 13th homer of the year with one out, and then with two down Lyon and Wilson had back-to-back doubles to make it a 10-7 game. Rogers then came to the plate and ripped the first pitch he saw the other way, but right fielder Chris Griffin caught it just in front of the wall to end the threat. Earley added a ninth inning homer to result in the final score.
Indiana heads to the Chicagoland area on Tuesday for a matchup with Valparaiso in a game that will be played at U.S. Steel Yard, the home of the Gary Railcats. Live audio and statistics will be available at IUHoosiers.com.
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