Hoosiers Fall to Butler
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana baseball team dropped an 11-10 contest against Butler at Sembower Field on Thursday afternoon. IU is now 6-3 on the season, while the Bulldogs improve to 3-4.
The Cream and Crimson opened the contest with four runs in the first inning. Following a walk to junior Jay Brant and a single by senior Joe Kemp, junior Ryan Parker belted his second home run of the season to dead center field to put IU ahead 3-0.
In his second start of the year at designated hitter, freshman Brad Udoff singled home junior Zach Boswell for the Hoosiers' fourth run. Udoff's RBI was the first of his collegiate career.
Indiana continued the attack in the second when junior Reggie Watson singled to center and came around on Brant's triple to the right-center field gap. The single moved Watson's hitting streak to 11 games dating back to last season. Kemp then delivered a single through the right side of the infield to make it 6-0.
In the third, Brant pushed the margin to 7-0, knocking in senior Kurt Weigle with an RBI single. After Kemp reached on an error by second baseman Matt Ferguson, Parker picked up his fourth and fifth RBI of the afternoon with a single to shallow right.
The Hoosiers extended their advantage to 10-0 in the fourth when Weigle laced a single up the middle to score sophomore Michael Nilles.
Butler stormed back with nine runs in the top of the sixth and threatened for more until Hoosier reliever Joe Trucchio (0-1) retired the Bulldogs with the bases loaded. The sophomore struck out Matt Ferguson and forced Brandon Tormoehlen to fly out to right field to retire the side. In the inning, Butler sent 15 batters to the plate, pounding out six hits.
The Bulldogs took the lead for good in the top of the eighth with a pair of runs. Alex Rinearson singled to right field, plating Clayton Deeb to even the score at 10-10. Two batters later, Joe Pauley drove in the game-winning run with a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Nate Hart.
In 7 2/3 innings pitched, Butler's bullpen held the Hoosiers to one earned run. Jim Knytych (1-1) picked up the win after closing the game with four innings of scoreless ball, holding IU to four hits with no walks and five strikeouts.
Chris McCombs started for the Cream and Crimson, his first collegiate start, tossing five scoreless innings. The freshman allowed only four hits and no walks while striking out four. McCombs lowered his team-leading ERA to 0.84 (one earned run in 10 2/3 innings).
Offensively, Parker finished the afternoon with five RBI, going 3-for-5 at the plate. Brant, Kemp, Watson and freshman Zach Boswell delivered two hits with Brant adding three runs, a triple and an RBI.
Up next, IU embarks on a seven-game, eight-day road trip over spring break. The Hoosiers open the trip against Bowling Green at 10 a.m. in Bradenton, Fla., on Saturday, March 12.
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