#15 Indiana Tripped Up at Kentucky, 5-3
May 14, 2013
LEXINGTON, Ky. - It was déjà vu for the #15 Indiana University baseball team (38-12) Tuesday evening, watching a late-inning lead disappear to a non-conference opponent in the state of Kentucky. This week the Hoosiers went ahead 4-3 in the top of the seventh before the Wildcats of Kentucky (29-22) stormed back to garner a 5-3 victory.
Indiana climbed out of a 2-0 hole by scoring three runs between the sixth and seventh innings, only to see the lead exchange hands again in the home half of the seventh. Kentucky would add an insurance run in the eighth as well.
Will Coursen-Carr gave forth a winning effort with his Hoosiers on top upon his exit from the mound. The Fort Wayne freshman posted a `quality start,' allowing two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out three in six innings of work.
Trailing 2-0 heading to the sixth frame, Dustin DeMuth pierced a pitch through winds blowing in from right field for a solo shot over the right field wall. The long-ball extended his current hitting streak to 10 games and marks his third homer in the last six contests. DeMuth has now reached base successfully in 19 consecutive ballgames.
Indiana kept in coming in the following inning, starting with a lead-off single for Casey Smith. Kentucky then helped out, botching an attempted double play and allowing Hoosiers to stand on second and third base. Head Coach Tracy Smith elected to make a lineup alteration next, inserting Ricky Alfonso as a pinch hitter. The sophomore inflicted some damage, dropping in an opposite-field single which scored both runners and gave IU a 3-2 advantage.
Kentucky wasted little time scarring the IU bullpen, however, cranking the second pitch of the seventh over the wall to even the score at 3-3. The Wildcats then switched over to small ball, bunting the go-ahead run into scoring position. With two outs, A.J. Reed drove in his second run of the day to push UK on top for good at 4-3.
The Cream and Crimson travel to Columbus, Ohio for a Thursday-Friday-Saturday series with the OSU Buckeyes. The three-game set not only concludes the regular season but also largely determines the 2013 Big Ten Championship. Indiana enters the final weekend with a one-game lead on Ohio State and Nebraska while Minnesota also has a shot to be crowned regular season champs.
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