Hoosiers Drop Bowling Green
BRADENTON, Fla. - Playing in its first game on an eight-day, seven-game road trip, the Indiana baseball team pounded Bowling Green, 12-2, at Academy Park on Saturday morning. The Hoosiers (7-3) snapped the Falcons (8-2) eight-game winning streak and sent BGSU home with a 6-1 record in Florida.
Josh Lewis (2-0) dominated on the mound, allowing only one run in eight innings of work. The junior held the Falcons to five hits while striking out seven and walking none en route to lowering his ERA to 2.27 in 19 innings of work this season.
Senior Joe Kemp led a 12-hit attack with three hits in four at-bats in addition to four RBI, one run, one steal and his third home run of the season. Senior Corby Heckman added a pair of hits with one RBI and one run, and freshman Zach Boswell went 2-for-3 to go along with an RBI and run scored.
"I thought we really played well today," said Indiana head coach Bob Morgan. "Josh (Lewis) pitched eight strong innings and really dominated. Offensively, we swung the bats really well and were very agressive. Overall, it was a good game for us. Our kids beat a good Bowling Green team."
BGSU put runners on second and third with one out in the first, but Lewis escaped the inning by striking out Hudak and getting Stewart to fly out to right. The Falcons did not threaten the rest of the way until pinch hitter Jared Dickman hit a home run off Lewis in the eighth and added an insurance run in the ninth.
Kemp put the Cream and Crimson ahead in the bottom half of the frame, blasting a two-run shot over the right field fence to give IU a 2-0 advantage.
The Hoosiers tacked on a pair in the second when Heckman and freshman Brad Udoff singled to left leading off the inning and moved to second and third on a passed ball. Senior Kurt Weigle then ripped a shot of the wall in left center to score the runners and make it 4-0.
Indiana struck again in the fifth, manufacturing a run to push its lead to 5-0. Junior Reggie Watson walked to open the inning and after junior Jay Brant sacrificed him to second, he advanced to third on a wild pitch. Junior Ryan Parker stepped up and delivered an RBI single to plate Watson.
In the sixth, Watson extended his hitting streak to 12 games and the Hoosier lead to 6-0 with an RBI double into right center field, bringing home pinch runner David Trager.
After netting a pair of runs in the seventh, the Cream and Crimson closed out the eighth with four more runs. Kemp drove in two runs with a single, Boswell laced an RBI single and Brant drew a bases-loaded walk to account for the runs.
Sophomore Clint Crosier pitched the ninth inning to seal the victory for Lewis and the Hoosiers.
Up next, IU faces Bucknell in its second game in Florida on Sunday, March 13. First pitch is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. EST.
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