HOOSIERS EXTEND WIN STREAK TO FOUR
March 1, 2000 HOOSIERS EXTEND WIN STREAK TO FOUR
Bloomington, Ind.-Indiana improved to 7-3 on the season and 6-0 at Sembower Field with a 5-3 victory over Butler.
Fred Graf led the Hoosiers to their fourth straight win as he worked five innings in relief to pick up his second victory of the season. He sat down, in order, the first eight hitters that he faced and allowed just three hits and struck out six while holding the Bulldogs in check.
"This was a great baseball game. Both teams fought hard and we are happy to walk away from here with a victory," Indiana head coach Bob Morgan said. "Graf really gave us a shot in the arm and we responded."
The Hoosiers got on the board first as Benji Clause led off the bottom half of the first with a double and later scored on Rich Berich's double to right-centerfield.
Butler evened the score at one when Eddie Olszta hit a deep homerun to dead centerfield in the third inning and took a 3-1 lead with a pair of runs in the fourth.
Indiana came right back in the bottom half of the inning as Tim McNab drove home a pair of runs with a two-out bases loaded single. The Hoosiers took advantage of some control problems by Bulldog starter Brian Wolotka as the left-hander hit two Hoosier hitters settting up the two-run inning.
"We really got some key two-out hits today," Morgan said.
The Hoosiers took a 4-3 lead in the fifth as Eric Blakeley, who led off the inning with a single, scored on a Berich fielder's choice. Indiana took advantage of a Bulldog throwing error in the sixth and picked up another run to take a 5-3 lead.
The Hoosiers begin an 11-game road trip next weekend when
they travel to Murray State for a doubleheader on Saturday and
a single game on Sunday.
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