IU Wins Home Opener
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- On a chilly Tuesday afternoon at Sembower Field, the Indiana baseball team defeated DePauw in its home opener, 6-3. The Hoosiers are now 1-3 on the season while the Tigers slipped to 0-1 in their season opener.
The Cream and Crimson got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first. Sophomore centerfielder Reggie Watson led off with a single up the middle. Watson stole both second and third base and then came around to score on a passed ball. Junior rightfielder Joe Kemp drew a walk and stole second base. Senior leftfielder Ryan Donley got on base with a single and then moved to second on a throwing error, and Kemp crossed home plate for the 2-0 lead.
The Hoosiers added three more runs in the second. Senior DH Kevin Mahar singled to left field, and stole second base. Junior catcher Kurt Weigle and freshman second baseman Josh Richardson drew back-to-back walks to load the bases. Mahar scored on Watson's sacrifice fly. Senior shortstop Seth Bynum nailed a base hit through the left side to score Weigle. Junior third baseman Corby Heckman collected the first of his two hits and plated IU's third run of the inning with a single to center field.
DePauw got on the scoreboard in the top of the fourth. With one out, relief pitcher Byron Banks struck out Mike Gonzalez, but a passed ball allowed him to go to first. After Jon Gratz's single, both runners moved a base on a wild pitch. Banks walked Adrian Norris to load the bases. Indiana picked Gonzalez off at third base, but Hunter Slade's hit to right-center scored Gratz. The Tigers managed a second run when Norris came home on a passed ball.
The Tigers added another run in the seventh when Matt Deahl scored on Zach Harris' double to deep center field.
The Hoosiers added an insurance run in the eighth. Heckman led off the frame with a single to left-center . Jay Brant was inserted to pinch run for Heckman and promptly stole second base. Three batters later, Brant stole third, and DePauw's attempt to cut him down resulted ina throwing error and Brant came home from run No. 6.
Freshman Matt Saba earned the win on the mound in his Indiana debut. Saba pitched three innings, gave up three hits, no runs and no walks, while striking out a pair. Junior Brian Lortz, who worked the final two innings, earned the first save of his career.
Indiana is back in action this weekend when its travels to Millington, Tenn., for a tournament at USA Stadium. IU opens play against Murray State at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 27. The Hoosiers will then face Kentucky on Saturday, Feb. 28, at 10 a.m. Indiana closes out the weekend with a contest against Navy at Noon on Sunday, Feb. 29.
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