IU Splits Pair of Games in Florida
BRADENTON, Fla. - In a doubleheader on Wednesday in Bradenton, Fla., the Indiana baseball team fell to Bucknell, 4-2, but rebounded to defeat Columbia, 15-5, in game two. The Hoosiers are now 9-7 on the season and 2-2 on their spring trip.
Indiana produced a nine-run fourth inning en route to the victory in game two. The Hoosiers fell behind in, 4-0, after three innings, but senior Ryan Donley sparked IU's rally with a leadoff single in the fourth, one of his four hits in the game. Corby Heckman walked and doubled in the frame, and Joe Kemp had a pair of singles. Troy Ragle hit a single and Cody Wargo doubled during Indiana's rally. The Hoosier bats knocked Columbia starting pitcher Joshua Flinn out of the game.
In the fifth, Ragle walked and advanced to third on Wargo's single before coming home as David Hughes reached base on an error by the Lion centerfielder Fernando Perez.
Indiana added another run in the sixth when Heckman tripled and Bynum drove him in with a sacrifice fly.
Josh Richardson's double scored Wargo in the seventh and Donley hit a two-run homer, his first of the season.
Columbia scored one run in the bottom of the seventh for the 15-5 final.
Donley finished 4-of-6 with three runs scored and three RBI. Richardson had a pair of hits, scored two runs and drove in three in the win.
Dan Pezley earned his first win of the season in relief, moving to 1-0. Pezley pitched five innings and surrendered just four hits and one run. He walked one and struck out one. Flinn took the loss for the Lions, slipping to 0-1. He was touched for five hits and five earned runs while walking three. The Lions are 0-10 on the season.
In the first contest, the Hoosiers nabbed an early 1-0 lead. Leadoff hitter Reggie Watson singled through the left side, and stole second. Ryan Parker drove him home with a base hit to left to put IU on top, 1-0.
The Bison posted back-to-back doubles to start the second inning, and then plated a run with a sacrifice fly. They would go to score three more times on a walk, a single and a double to take a 4-1 lead.
The Hoosiers got one of those runs back in the fifth. Kurt Weigle reached base and advanced to second on an error by the Bison rightfielder. Weigle scored in the next at bat as third baseman Hughes banged a double into right. That's all the offense Indiana was able to produce as it fell for the seventh time this season.
Starting pitcher Steve Nielsen took the loss, falling to 1-1. The junior righthander scattered five Bucknell hits and surrendered all four runs. He issued one walk and struck out two. Bucknell's starter Phil Futrick picked up the victory, improving to 2-0. The Bison now own a 7-3 record overall.
Indiana will battle Vermont on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. The Hoosiers are off on Friday and close out their spring trip on Saturday at 3 p.m. against Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
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