April 20, 2010
OXFORD, Ohio - Josh Lyon and Wes Wilson hit back-to-back homers in the second inning, but Miami rallied from an early deficit and snapped the Indiana baseball team's four-game winning streak with an 8-6 victory on Tuesday. Brad Gschwind went 3-for-4 in the win for the RedHawks.
Lyon continued his red-hot hitting with his eighth homer and 12th double of the year, each strike driving in a run. The reigning Big Ten Player of the Week added a walk and scored three of IU's six runs on the night. Wilson had two hits, including his first career longball, in the game. Michael Earley laced a double down the left-field line in the eighth inning to extend his hitting streak to 12 games, while Jerrud Sabourin had a pair of hits in the loss.
Mike McKinley took the loss for the Hoosiers, allowing three runs with the crucial two hits both infield singles. Alex Zerman had an impressive outing, striking out the side in the seventh and tossing a perfect 1 2/3, while Walker Stadler had a 1-2-3 ninth for IU. Sam Dawes was the winner for the RedHawks with 4 1/3 innings of excellent work.
IU got started quickly, as Micah Johnson led off the game with a double. But Johnson was thrown out at third on a Tyler Rogers bunt for the first out of the inning. Sabourin followed by ripping a ball through the right side to send Rogers to third, but when Adam Eaton bobbled the ball in right, Sabourin was gunned down trying to advance to second. Alex Dickerson picked up his teammate, though, scoring Rogers on a double to left center for his league-leading 51st RBI of the year.
In the second, Lyon and Wilson went back-to-back to extend the lead to 3-0 off starter Brandon Meister, but the RedHawks struck back with three runs of their own in the bottom of the frame. Ryan Kaup scored one run on a double to center and then Gschwind scored a pair more with a single to right to make it 3-3.
Indiana pushed ahead with a run on a Michael Basil sac fly in the fourth, but Miami scored a trio of runs in the bottom of the inning to take the lead for good. After a leadoff walk, McKinley got the next two, but a pair of infield singles brought a run home and left two on for Adam Eaton. Eaton laced a ball to left field that one-hopped the wall for a two-run triple to make it 6-4.
Miami added a run on a solo shot from Kevin Bower in the fifth and then loaded the bases with nobody out in the sixth. Jerry Kleman got the first out of the inning on an infield fly, and then Zerman came on to allow a sac fly and get a foulout to emerge with only one more run on the board and the score sitting at 8-4.
The Hoosiers rallied in the eighth, with Earley and Lyon hitting back-to-back doubles with two down. T.C. Knipp added a pinch-hit single to make it 8-6, but closer Jordan Jankowski came on to put out the fire and retired the side in the ninth for his sixth save of the year.
Indiana returns to action this weekend for a three-game set against Minnesota at the Metrodome. All three games will be televised live on the Big Ten Network, with Friday and Saturday's games set for 7 p.m. ET and Sunday's slated for a 2 p.m. start. Friday's game will also be broadcast on WHCC 105.1 FM in Bloomington, and live audio and statistics will be available at IUHoosiers.com.