Hoosiers Defeat Navy in Extra Innings
MILLINGTON, Tenn. - The Indiana baseball team defeated Navy, 5-4, in 11 innings at the Service Academy Classic in Millington at USA Stadium on Sunday. IU now stands a 2-5 on the season and picked up its first win of the Classic in today's finale. Navy fell to 1-7.
Navy opened the scoring with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second inning. Trevor Thompson belted a two-run home run off the scoreboard in left field.
The Hoosiers got one of those runs back in the sixth when Ryan Donely scored on Troy Ragle's double to left field.
Indiana took the lead in the seventh. Second baseman Josh Richardson drew a leadoff walk, and Jay Brant came in to pinch run. Brant stole second base, and then with two outs, Bynum singled to third base to put runners on the corners. As Bynum moved to steal second, Brant broke for home and scored to tie the game. Bynum advanced third on an errant throw to second by the Navy catcher. Bynum scored the go-ahead run as Donley reached on an error by the shortstop.
The Cream and Crimson added a fourth run in the eighth. Leftfielder Kevin Mahar singled to third to lead off the frame, and then moved on second base on a sacrifice bunt by Ragle. Mahar went to third on a ground out by catcher Kurt Weigle. Centerfielder Reggie Watson walked, and Mahar came home as Watson was caught in run a down.
IU carried a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the ninth, but the Midshipmen put together a two-out rally and fought back to tie it up. Pinch hitter Doug Silverman struck out for what would have been the third out, but he went to first base on a wild pitch. Navy got back-to-back base hits and Silverman scored to pull within a run at 4-3. In the next at bat, Matt Lukevics was safe at first after Hoosier third baseman Corby Heckman bobbled the ball, and Craig Candeto came home for the game-tying run.
Steve Nielsen entered to pitch for IU and notched a full-count strikeout to record the third out of the inning.
Neither team could muster a run in the 10th, but the Hoosiers pulled ahead in the 11th. Weigle drew a walk to start things off, and freshman Rashard Graves was inserted to pinch run. Watson sacrificed Graves to second. After David Hughes grounded out, Heckman drove a base hit to right-center field, plating Graves and giving the Hoosiers the final 5-4 advantage.
Nielsen (1-0) recorded his first decision at Indiana. He worked the final 2.1 innings, struck out one and gave up three walks. Tom Van Dam took the loss for the Midshipmen.
The Hoosiers will play again on Monday, March 1. IU hosts Taylor University at 2 p.m.
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