Hoosiers Fall in Opener, 4-2
HAMMOND, La. -- The Indiana baseball team was unable to overcome a four-run first inning as it fell in its season opener at Southeastern Louisiana, 4-2, on Friday night at Alumni Field.
During its three weeks of presason practice, IU was limited to playing indoors, and found it tough to shake the rust off. Despite out-hitting the Lions, eight to six, three errors proved costly for the Hoosiers.
With one out in the first, SLU's Ryan Spencer knocked a triple to right-center field for the game's first hit. IU starting pitcher Josh Lewis struck out Steve Garibaldi, a mishandled ball forced catcher Cody Wargo to make a play at first. Wargo's throw was off the mark and Spencer came around to score as Garibaldi advanced to second base. Colby Tyler drew a walk and then Trent Herbert doubled to right-center to score both runners and give the Lions a 3-0 advantage on the scoreboard. Jeff Janzen followed with a base hit to center field and then Randy Roth banged a double down the left field line to plate run number four.
The Hoosiers settled down after the first. IU notched its first run of the game in the third inning when sphomore centerfielder Reggie Waston doubled to drive in senior second baseman David Hughes, who had reached on an infield single.
IU scored another run in the eighth. Senior shortstop Seth Bynum knocked a double to left-centerfield to lead off frame, and junior third baseman Corby Heckman followed with a base hit. Junior rightfielder Joe Kemp drew a walk to load the bases. Sophomore first baseman Ryan Parker ground into a double play, but earned an RBI as Bynum scored on the play, to make it 4-2.
In the ninth, Indiana attempted to mount a comeback. SLU pitcher Risely St. Germain walked Wargo and Hughes, but battled back to strike out Watson and Bynum to end the game and notch the save.
In four innings of work, Lewis scattered five hits and just two earned runs, while striking out four. Senior Adam Pegg came on to relieve Lewis in the fifth inning and held Southeastern Louisiana in check the rest of the way. Pegg gave up just one hit and struck out three over the next four innings. Lewis was tagged with the loss.
Southeastern Louisiana used four pitchers to maintain its lead. Starter Jeremy Mizell collected the victory in four innings of work. Mizell gave up six hits and one run, but recorded six strikeouts.
The Hoosiers will look to rebound on Saturday in game two of the three-game series. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. (EST). The series concludes on Sunday.
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