IU Falls to Northeastern
BRADENTON, Fla. - For the second straight day, the Indiana baseball team encountered rain in The Sunshine State, but unlike yesterday's contest with Umass, this time Indiana and Northeastern had played enough innings to count the game. The Hoosiers, who were the visiting team on the scoreboard, trailed the entire game and despite rallying to tie the game 3-3 and having the go-ahead run on first base with one out, IU dropped its second game of the season to the Huskies, 3-2. Because the ninth inning was still in progress, by rule the game was reverted back to the last completed inning (eighth). IU is now 10-2 on the season while Northeastern's record stands at 1-2.
Northeastern took the lead in the bottom of the first with a single run. The Huskies placed two runners on base with a pair of singles and the lead runner came home on a sacrifice fly, to make it 1-0.
The Huskies followed with another run in the second. Brad Czarnowski led off with a bunt single and then moved to second on a throwing error by IU freshman pitcher Derek Hibbs, who was attempting to pick him off at first base. Czarnowski advanced to third on a ground out to the second baseman and then came home on a fielder's choice.
Indiana tallied its first run in the top of the third. With one out, junior shortstop Seth Bynum walked and was pushed up to third after senior leftfielder Mark Calkins banged a single to left field. Senior centerfielder Brad DeStefano drove a base hit up the middle and collected an RBI as Bynum scored.
Northeastern strung together three base hits to score another run in the third. With runners on first and second, Jeff Heriot doubled to left to score Miguel Paquette. The Hoosier made a pitching change from, bringing in senior Kevin O'Brien to relieve Hibbs. O'Brien sat down the next Husky batter swinging and then got a ground to end the inning.
In the top of the sixth, the Hoosiers inched closer with another run. Senior designated hitter Nick Evans drew a walk and came home on junior first baseman Kevin Mahar's double to the wall in right field to bring Indiana within a run.
O'Brien continued to shut down the Husky offense on the mound. He allowed just one hit and one walk the rest of the way. O'Brien finished with seven strikeouts in 5.2 innings of work.
It began to rain in the eighth inning and continued as the Hoosiers came to bat in the top of the ninth. IU had knotted the game at three runs apiece and had a runner on first with one out when it began to pour. In no time at all, the field was soaked and the game was called.
Northeastern's Justin Hedrick was the winner on the mound. In eight innings, he scattered six hits and fanned 10 Hoosier batters while walking just two. Hibbs was tagged with the loss for Indiana, his first of the season. The rookie gave up six hits and two earned runs in 2.1 innings pitched.
Indiana is set to take on Fairleigh-Dickinson at 3 p.m. on Wednesday in Bradenton.
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