IU Edged by Rhode Island, 7-6
BRADENTON, Fla. - Seniors Seth Bynum and Kevin Mahar hit home runs and Indiana collected 17 hits on its way to defeating Duquesne, 14-5, on Sunday in Bradenton, Fla. The Hoosiers improved to 8-6 overall and evened their record at 1-1 on the spring trip.
The Hoosiers were led by Bynum and sophomore Ryan Parker at the plate. Bynum went 4-for-5, scored four runs and drove in four. Parker had three hits, 3 RBI and scored twice.
Troy Ragle earned his first decision of the season in relief. Ragle entered to pitch in the fifth, and allowed three hits over the next three innings. The sophomore lefthander struck out two and walked two.
Indiana pushed the first run of the game across on the opening half inning. Leadoff man Reggie Watson laced a double down the third base line, and Parker drove him home with a base hit through the left side.
Duquesne evened the score in the bottom of the frame as Mike Grecco nailed a home run to left to make it, 1-1.
IU moved back on top in the second, 2-1. Rightfielder Ryan Donley worked the count full and drew a walk. After stealing second and advancing to third on a wild pitch, Donley scored on third baseman David Hughes' ground out to the shortstop.
The Hoosiers extended their lead in the third, adding four runs on five hits and a walk. Parker collected his second hit of the game and first baseman Joe Kemp followed suit with a single to right field. Bynum scored Parker with a base hit to right field. Kemp crossed home plate on leftfielder Kevin Mahar's double to the wall in left. The scoring surge continued with two outs as catcher Cody Wargo walked to load the bases. Hughes stepped to the plate and smacked a line drive to left field, knocking in Bynum and Mahar.
In the fourth, Bynum hit his second home run of the year, a two-run shot to left, to make it 8-1.
The Dukes scored once in the bottom of the fourth, courtesy of a sacrifice fly, and added three more in the fifth. Duquesne capitalized on a pair of walks, three hits and an IU error to close the gap to, 8-5.
The Hoosiers responded with four runs in the sixth. Watson and Parker hit back-to-back doubles, Bynum sent an RBI single to center and Mahar homered for the sixth time this season to put IU up, 12-5.
Indiana scored one run in each of the seventh and eighth innings for its total of 14 runs.
The Hoosiers will be off on Monday, but return to action on Tuesday, March 16, when they play Columbia at 10 a.m.
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