Morris Tosses A Gem But Offense Sputters In 2-1 Loss
April 26, 2014
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Indiana Hoosiers (27-12, 12-2 Big Ten) matched Illinois with seven hits in the game, but were not able to get any with runners in scoring position on their way to a 2-1 loss to the Illini in the second game of the series.
Indiana starting pitcher Christian Morris went 7.2 innings and allowed two runs - both scoring on a bases loaded double in the second inning - on seven hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
For the second game in a row, Indiana got on the board first in the second inning. Brad Hartong reached on an infield single and advanced to third base on a perfectly executed hit-and-run with Will Nolden at the plate. When a Nick Ramos walk loaded the bases, Tim O'Conner lifted a fly ball to center that allowed Hartong to score without a play.
Hartong finished the day with two hits and a run scored while Nolden also collected two hits for the second straight day.
In the bottom of the second inning, the Fighting Illini (23-16, 10-4) loaded the bases with no outs. Reid Roper flared a double down the left field line to score two runs. Morris would wriggle out of the inning by snaring a line drive back up the middle and turning the double play by catching the runner off the base at third.
Both teams would continue to have chances during the remainder of the game, with Indiana stranding 11 runners on base and Illinois leaving seven on the base paths.
In the ninth inning, pinch hitter Austin Cangelosi reached on an infield single and Casey Rodrigue was hit by a pitch with one out to put two runners on base for the two best power hitters in the conference - Kyle Schwarber and Sam Travis. But Schwarber went down on strikes and Travis crushed a ball to center field - dead into the wind blowing straight in from center - that died on the warning track for the final out.
The final game of the series will start at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday with Brian Korte (0-0, 1.77) getting the start on the mound for the Hoosiers.
- The loss ends the Hoosiers 9-game Big Ten road winning streak
- In the last 68.0 innings, the IU pitching staff has allowed just eight runs
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