#19 Indiana Drops 5-3 Game to Ball State
April 17, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana Baseball's comeback rally fell short in Wednesday's midweek contest versus Ball State, dropping a 5-3 decision. The late-inning rally attempt was put on hold during a three-hour-and-five-minute lightning delay in the bottom of the eighth inning.
The #19 Hoosiers (26-8) matched Ball State's seven hits, but committed three costly defensive errors. The Cardinals (16-17) also came up with several timely base knocks to defeat IU for the first time since 2009.
A disastrous second inning saw three BSU runs come across, aided by a pair of IU errors. Christian Morris was solid on the bump in his first career start, putting the shaky defense behind him and lasting six innings.
The Cardinals gave one back in the home half though when a failed pick-off move allowed Casey Smith to transit a lead-off single into a spot on third base. Chad Clark took advantage and lifted a sac fly to pull Indiana within 3-1.
The see-saw continued in the next half inning with Ball State's Sam Tidaback doubling home a run to regain the Cardinals three-run edge at 4-1.
Things got interesting two frames later as Dustin DeMuth sent a pitch over the left field wall for an opposite-field, two-run homer. Scott Donley connected on his second hit in the game to put a runner on for DeMuth.
After the long lightning delay, DeMuth nearly did it again. With a runner aboard and DeMuth digging in as the first batter back from the resumption of play, he hammered a pitch far but caught in the warning track.
Ball State would go on to add an insurance run in the top of the ninth before ultimately recording a 5-3 triumph.
The Cream and Crimson return to Bloomington for games against Butler on Friday (6:05 pm) and Saturday (4:05 pm) before heading to Indianapolis to take on the Bulldogs on Sunday (1:05 pm).
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