Ninth-Inning Rally Comes Up One Run Short
April 24, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - In a sloppy game that saw six combined errors, Indiana Baseball's three-run ninth inning wasn't enough as the Miami (OH) RedHawks (21-20) came away with a narrow 8-7 win in the first game of a home-and-home midweek series. These same two teams will meet again Wednesday evening in Oxford, Ohio.
Freshmen boppers Kyle Schwarber and Sam Travis each blasted long homeruns and drove in all seven IU runs. On the bump, redshirt sophomore Walker Stadler looked good in his first start of the 2012 season. The Glenview, Ill., native did not allow an earned run in his 4.1-inning, 81-pitch outing.
Stadler walked the tight rope in the first three frames, putting on two runners in each inning. A pair of double plays and two runners caught stealing by Schwarber behind the dish allowed Stadler to escape unscathed.
Indiana went ahead 1-0 in the home half of the third, benefitting from the immense speed of Justin Cureton. The Hoosier centerfield stole his second base of the day and 17th of the season to invade scoring position. Travis took care of the rest with an RBI-double, scoring Cureton and sliding just under the tag at second.
Stadler's Houdini act caught a snag in the fourth. He did induce a two-out pop fly, but it was dropped and two unearned runs would later come across.
A RedHawk defensive mishap in the bottom half returned the favor though. Schwarber made them pay for the inning-extending error, ricocheting a line drive homerun off the United States flag pole beyond the wall in right center. It marked his team-best seventh long-ball of the year and pushed IU ahead 4-2 as two runners were aboard.
Miami would go on to tally the next six runs, plating at least one in innings six through nine. The RedHawk scoring spurt put Indiana in an 8-4 deficit heading to the bottom of the ninth.
Tim O'Conner opened the final at-bat by roping a single into left center. Dustin DeMuth stepped into the box next and delivered another single. A liner and fielder's choice followed to push O'Conner across, but move IU to their last out. Travis wanted nothing to do with being the final out, smoking a homer to straight-away center field and cutting the Hoosier hole to a lone-run at 8-7. Dillon Dooney then connected on a hard-hit ball out to right field that was ultimately run down by the Miami outfielder to secure the win.
Indiana (18-23) and Miami hit the field again Wednesday evening; first pitch scheduled for 6 pm in Oxford. IUHoosiers.com will be providing both an audio broadcast (free) and a video feed (fee), as well as, live GameTracker stats.
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