Hoosiers Pound Vermont, 13-2
BRADENTON, Fla. - The Indiana baseball team totaled 16 hits and got an impressive performance from starting pitcher Josh Lewis on its way to a 13-2 drubbing of Vermont on Thursday in Bradenton, Fla. Indiana improved to 10-7 with the victory and 3-2 on its spring trip.
Lewis worked seven innings for the Hoosiers and gave up just five hits to the Catamounts, who captured the America East Conference title in 2003. The sophomore righthander was responsible for both runs and issued just one walk while striking out three. Freshman Matt Saba relieved Lewis in eighth, did not allow a hit and walked one. Lewis' record is now 2-1 on the season.
Ten Hoosiers contributed to the team's 16-hit total. Junior second baseman Corby Heckman paced Indiana with three hits, three runs scored and three RBI. Heckman also hit his second home run of the season. Senior leftfielder Kevin Mahar hammered his seventh long ball of the season and finished the game 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI and a walk. Junior first baseman Joe Kemp had two extra-base hits, a double and a triple, two RBI and two runs scored. Senior shortstop Seth Bynum was 2-for-4 at the plate and drove in two runs. Senior rightfielder Ryan Donley also collected a pair of hits.
Indiana scored three runs in the second inning, four in the third, and three in the fifth to take a commanding lead. The Hoosiers polished off the victory with one in the sixth and two in the seventh as nearly every player on the roster saw time in the game.
Vermont starter Justin Bisonnette was tagged with the loss. Indiana touched the lefthander for six hits and seven runs, six of which were earned, over four innings. Bisonnette recorded four strikeouts and walked five Hoosier batters.
After a day off on Friday, IU will wrap up its spring break slate in Bradenton on Saturday, March 20, against Wisconsin-Milwaukee. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.
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