Indiana Tops Yale, 4-2
BRADENTON, Fla. - Junior second baseman David Hughes' three-run shot to left field propelled Indiana to a 4-2 win over Yale Sunday afternoon in Bradenton, Fla. The victory moved the Hoosiers to 10-1 on the year.
Indiana started the scoring with one run in the top of the second. Kevin Mahar drew a walk to lead off the inning and promptly stole second. Ryan Donley also walked to put two runners on and both advanced as Hughes singled to left field. Kurt Weigle grounded out to first and Mahar score to put IU ahead, 1-0.
The Bulldogs gained the lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third inning. With one out, Randy Leonard laid down a bunt single. Chris Elkins got a friendly hop and doubled through the right side and Leonard scored. Yale added the second score as Elkins came home on Darren Beasley's single up the middle.
The Hoosiers finally struck back in the sixth. Vasili Spanos reached on an error by the Bulldog shortstop and Mahar walked again. After Donley struck out, Hughes hit a towering homer over the fence in left field to give Indiana a 4-2 lead.
Yale used three more pitchers to hold the Hoosiers scoreless over the final three innings, but was unable to put any more runs on the board. Chris Behrens (2-0) started the game for IU and worked 6.1 innings. The junior lefty gave up six hits and two earned runs while walking three and striking out five. The runs represented the first allowed for Behrens in his 16.2 innings.
Freshman Chris Hynes came on with one out in the sixth and worked through the eighth. Hynes held the Bulldogs at bay with no hits and logged one strikeout.
Closer Ryan Smith came on in the ninth and allowed a pair of hits before retiring two straight batters to end the game. Smith picked up his third save of the season.
The Hoosiers will look to move to 3-0 on their spring trip on Monday at 2:30 p.m. when they meet Umass.
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