Walk-Off Bunt Caps Off Victory Over Indiana State
April 11, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - In a bizarre game that saw 39 players used by both teams, Indiana Baseball was able to take advantage of a walk-off bunt single by Chris Sujka to edge Indiana State 8-7 on Wednesday. With the win, the Hoosiers avenged a loss earlier this season in Terre Haute.
Indiana (15-18, 5-4) opened scoring early, plating two runs on a Michael Basil triple in the first inning. The Sycamores (26-8, 6-3) were quick to respond, however, putting up six runs between the second and fourth to take a four-run lead. Thanks to fielding miscues, a trend of the game for both teams, only two of those runs were earned.
After four innings of scoreless ball, the Hoosiers regained the lead with a five-run sixth inning. Will Nolden and Sam Travis were able to send a pair of two-run singles through the infield, and a Sujka Fielder's choice allowed a fifth run to cross the plate, giving Indiana a 7-6 lead with three innings to play.
That lead would not hold up, however, as Indiana State was able to tie it up after a scoreless seventh and eighth with a Koby Kraemer double down the left field in the ninth inning. Reliever Ryan Halstead was able to right the ship after allowing the seventh Sycamore run, setting the stage for the Hoosiers to win it in the ninth.
With one out in the final frame, pinch hitter Ricky Alfonso walked, putting a runner on first. Micah Johnson then pinch-ran for Alfonso and stole second base. After an intentional walk of Basil and a fielder's choice, Johnson advanced to third. With two outs Indiana put the squeeze on, sending home the winning run on Sujka's bunt single.
Basil led the Hoosier offensive charge, going 3-for-4 with a double, triple and two RBI on the day. Hunter Brown and Jonny Hoffman were solid on the mound late, pitching back-to-back scoreless innings while whiffing four Sycamores in the seventh and eighth. Halstead was able to limit Indiana State after surrendering the tying run to earn the win.
Also of note in Wednesday's win, the Hoosiers used 20 players, including four different third-basemen. The Sycamores countered with 19 different players, including five pitchers in the game's final four frames.
Indiana will resume conference action when Michigan State comes to Bloomington this weekend. The series will kick off this Friday at 3pm ET. Tune into IUHoosiers.com for live audio and Gametracker stats.
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