BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana baseball team earned its second home victory of the season by defeating Marian College, 9-4, on Tuesday afternoon at Sembower Field. Indiana is now 3-5 on the season.
Senior designated hitter Kevin Mahar led Indiana at the plate, going 2-for-4, including a three-run homer. Junior rightfielder Joe Kemp and senior shortstop Seth Bynum also had two hits. Junior infielder Corby Heckman scored three runs.
Freshman Matt Saba earned the victory on the hill in five innings of work for the Hoosiers. Saba scattered seven hits, walked one and struck out one. The rookie righthander is now 2-0 on the season.
Marian got on the scoreboard first in the top of the second when Dave Scott launched a solo home run out of the yard in left. But the Hoosiers quickly answered, scoring in the bottom of the second to tie it up. Bynum was hit by a Stephen Geary pitch. Mahar followed with a base hit to left field, and then Bynum scored on catcher Kurt Weigle's double to left-center field.
Indiana piled up four runs in the third inning to take a 5-1 lead. Second baseman David Hughes walked and crossed home plate courtesy of Bynum's sacrifice fly. With Corby Heckman (walk) and rightfielder Joe Kemp (single) on base, Mahar hit the Hoosiers' first long ball of the season to give IU the four-run advantage.
The Cream and Crimson scored one run in both the fifth and sixth innings. Bynum knocked Heckman home in the fifth, and freshman leftfielder Rashard Graves scored on sophomore centefielder Reggie Watson's sacrifice fly in the sixth frame.
In the eighth, Heckman's base hit to right-center plated Watson. Heckman scored his third run in the next at bat on Kemp's double to the wall in right-center.
Geary took the loss for the Knights. He pitched three innings and allowed five runs on five hits, while walking three and striking out three.
The Hoosiers head to Indianapolis on Wednesday, March 3, for a 3 p.m. contest at Butler University.
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