Late Rally Powers Hoosiers Over Buckeyes In Game One
May 17, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Two days after the fourth walk-off this season at Sembower Field, the Hoosiers were at it again with another drama-filled, come-from-behind victory. Indiana Baseball ripped off nine unanswered runs in the late innings to climb out of an 8-1 hole and top Ohio State by the final score of 10-8.
The Buckeyes (31-23, 11-10 B1G) got to Indiana early, touching up starter Joey DeNato for 11 hits and five runs over the first five innings. David Corna got things going, sending a DeNato pitch out to left field for his sixth round-tripper in the second and following up with an RBI-double in the third. Brad Hallberg extended the lead with a homerun of his own in the fifth and the Buckeyes tacked on two more in the sixth to stretch the deficit to six.
Throughout the first six innings, Indiana (28-26, 14-8 B1G) was only able to muster one run, plating one in the third on a Kyle Schwarber single. Buckeye starter Jaron Long cruised early, scattering seven hits over the first six innings, allowing the lone run. But Indiana broke through in the seventh with an inconspicuous lead-off home run by Dustin DeMuth, the first of his career. The Hoosiers then loaded the bases for Schwarber, who promptly cleared them with a double to deep left field. After Micah Johnson walked, Schwarber was able to score on a muffed pick-off attempt. Johnson would wrap the seventh inning scoring on a Dillon Dooney single up the middle.
Now trailing 8-7, the Hoosiers would keep the train rolling in the eighth. Sam Travis sent the crowd into frenzy with a two-run double down the left field line to take the lead. Dooney then helped plate an insurance run with another RBI-single up the middle. Reliever Jonny Hoffman, who came on in the eighth with the Hoosiers still down one, shut down the Buckeyes in the ninth to record the win.
Dooney stayed hot at the plate, batting 4-for-5 on the day with two RBI. Schwarber also chipped in three hits with a game-high four runs batted in. Hoffman kept it rolling on the mound, allowing just a single hit over two innings of scoreless work.
With the win, the Hoosiers clinch a spot in the Big Ten Tournament next week in Columbus, Ohio. Indiana currently sits in second place, tied with Penn State for the conference's final first-round bye. The top six teams in the Big Ten qualify, with the top two receiving a pass to the second round.
The Hoosiers and Buckeyes will continue the series tomorrow at Sembower Field with a 3pm start. Lefty Kyle Hart is expected to start for Indiana while fellow southpaw Brian King toes the rubber for Ohio State. Live video will be available on BTN.com as well as IUHoosiers.com, which will also have live Gametracker stats and live audio. In-game updates can be found on Twitter by following @KKatIU.
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