Indiana Defeats Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 11-10
BRADENTON, Fla. - Thanks to a walk off double by senior shortstop Seth Bynum in the bottom of the ninth, the Indiana baseball team secured an 11-10 victory over Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Saturday in its spring trip finale in Bradenton, Fla. The Hoosiers will head back to Bloomington with an 11-7 record and finished with a 4-2 record on their spring trip. UWM fell to 3-6 with the loss.
The score see-sawed back and forth throughout the game. After giving up the tying run in the top of the ninth, Indiana came to bat with the opportunity to put away the game. Junior first baseman Joe Kemp dropped a double into center field for his third hit of the game to lead off the inning. In the next at bat, Bynum banged a double opposite field to the fence in left for the win.
Bynum and Kemp paced the Hoosiers' offensive attack. Bynum finished 4-for-5 at the plate with a double and a triple. The Louisville, Ky., native scored once, drove in two runs and stole a pair of bases. Kemp registered two doubles and a home run in five at bats, while scoring three times and adding three RBI.
Sophomore centerfielder Reggie Watson and senior third baseman David Hughes had two hits apiece, and sophomore designated hitter Ryan Parker walked twice and hit a double.
The Hoosiers got on the scoreboard first with two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Kemp doubled to the fence in right field to plate Parker, who had walked on four straight pitches. Bynum's triple scored Kemp for the 2-0 lead.
The Panthers responded in the top of the second as Ross McCoy nailed a two-run home run to tie the game. UWM took a 3-2 lead after scoring again in the fourth, courtesy of Jeremy Wilson's sacrifice fly.
The Hoosiers surged back ahead with a four-run fourth. Bynum led off with a base hit, stole second base and came around to score as senior leftfielder Kevin Mahar homered for the eighth time. The Hoosiers scored two more times to take a 6-3 lead.
Wisconsin-Milwaukee closed the gap to two with a solo home run from Charlie Reschle in the fifth.
Hoosier senior Adam Pegg was sent to the mound to relieve starter Nick Vitielliss at the top of the sixth. Pegg got off to a rocky start, surrendering three hits and two walks, which, combined with an error on Kemp at first, yielded five runs and left the Hoosiers trailing, 9-6.
Indiana immediately fought back to take a 10-9 lead through six innings. Catcher Cody Wargo drew a leadoff walk, and moved up on Hughes' single. After Watson's fielder's choice saw Hughes out at second, Parker ripped a double just inside fair territory in right to score Wargo. Then, Watson scored from third on Corby Heckman's ground out. Kemp nailed Indiana's second home run of the game to put IU back on top.
Pegg was the winner on the mound, improving his record to 2-2. The righthander surrendered five hits and three walks, while striking out two. Only four of the six runs he gave up were earned.
Indiana is back in action in Bloomington on Tuesday, March 23, when Indiana Wesleyan visits Sembower Field. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.
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