IU Rallies Past Indiana State
MILLINGTON, Tenn. - Trailing by three runs heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, the Indiana baseball team rallied with four runs in the final three innings to down Indiana State, 5-4, at the Service Academy Classic on Friday afternoon. Junior second baseman Jay Brant scored the winning run after senior third baseman Corby Heckman was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning.
The win moves the Hoosiers to 2-0 on the young season, while the Sycamores drop to 0-1. Senior Steve Nielsen earned the victory, holding ISU scoreless in 1 2/3 innings of work while striking out three batters.
Entering the bottom of the seventh in a 4-1 hole, IU stormed back behind the long ball to knot things up. Junior center fielder Reggie Watson led the frame off with a triple. Following a fly out, senior right fielder Joe Kemp homered to right field to cut the deficit to 4-3. The blast was Kemp's first home run this season.
Two batters later, junior left fielder Zach Boswell hit his first Hoosier home run, a shot to right field, to tie the game at 4-4 and set up the ninth-inning heroics.
Junior Josh Lewis got the start for Indiana and gave the Hoosiers five solid innings. The Mt. Airy, Md., native scattered five hits with only one walk while surrendering three runs and striking out seven batters.
Bridging the gap in the middle innings, sophomore Joe Trucchio tossed 2 1/3 innings, holding Indiana State to one run on two hits.
Offensively, Kemp and Boswell finished the contest 2-for-4, with Boswell adding a double. Heckman went 2-for-4, and freshman shortstop Tyler Cox picked up his first career hit with a double to right-center field in the second inning.
IU got on the board first, as Brant singled home senior catcher Kurt Weigle in the second. ISU responded with a pair of runs in the third and single tallies in the fifth and sixth innings before the Hoosier outburst in the seventh.
Up next, the Hoosiers return to the diamond tomorrow against Memphis in the second game of the Classic at 4 p.m. CST. Indiana will cap off the Classic against Navy at 9 a.m. on Sunday.
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