Game Two Goes to Nebraska
May 5, 2013
LINCOLN, Neb. - #16 Indiana Baseball's comeback attempt fell short on Sunday, pulling within a lone tally before falling, 3-2, at Nebraska (21-24, 12-5 Big Ten). The Hoosiers (35-9, 12-5) suffer their fifth loss in conference play, all by a one-run margin. The series victor will be decided by a Monday afternoon rubber match, starting at 12:05 pm CT/1:05 pm ET.
Defensive deficiencies proved to be disastrous for the Cream and Crimson. Indiana committed four errors, chauffeuring in a pair of result-differing unearned runs. The worst offense came in the first when IU tossed it around for two errors in the same play. Compounding the mistakes, Nebraska's third run was walked in with the bases loaded.
Senior shortstop Michael Basil tried to carry his team to victory with a clutch two-out, two-run single in the eighth. Chris Sujka opened the inning by reaching on a lead-off walk. He then moved over to third on a Sam Travis single and Scott Donley grounder. Nebraska elected to make a pitching change at that point, and Basil welcomed the relief hurler with a ripped line drive into left field to plate both Sujka and Travis. Dustin DeMuth followed with a single of his own to push the potential game-tying run into scoring position, but a groundout came next to end the Hoosier threat in the eighth.
Three consecutive IU pinch hitters were retired in the top of the ninth, wrapping up the 3-2 Husker triumph.
Monday's Game Three can be heard live on IUHoosiers.com with Kyle Kuhlman providing the play-by-play.
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