Baseball Defeats Army, 5-2
BRADENTON, Fla. -- The Indiana baseball team defeated Army, 5-2, Saturday in Bradenton, Fla., at the IMG Academy. The Hoosiers improved their overall record to 12-2 with the win while the Black Knights dropped to 1-6 on the season.
Army struck first, getting a single run across in the top of the first inning. Josh Holden reached on a Hoosier error and then scored on a sacrifice fly to right field by shortstop Nate Stone.
In the bottom of the second frame, Indiana took control with a pair of runs. First baseman Kevin Mahar led off the inning and was hit by Army pitcher Wade Greenlee. Mahar advanced to second as designated hitter Nick Evans drew the first of his two walks. Second baseman Corby Heckman smacked a single to center field to load the bases and Mahar came home on a passed ball. Evans followed for the Hoosiers' second run on rightfielder Ryan Donley's ground out to the shortstop.
With Indiana leading 2-1, Army evened the score with its second run in the top of the third. Dug Kasting had a base hit to third with one out, stole second and came home on another single by Stone.
The Hoosiers responded in the fourth with two more runs after Evans and Heckman started the inning with a pair of hits. Evans banged a hit to left and Heckman followed with a double to the wall in left field. Donley plated Evans with a sacrifice fly and Heckman came around to score on a base hit to left by catcher Cody Wargo.
IU added an insurance run in the eighth. Donley was hit by a pitch to start the inning. Next, Wargo collected his third hit of the game, a single through the left side, that put Donley on third. Shortstop Seth Bynum scored Donley on a sacrifice fly to center field, making it 5-2.
Senior Jacob Cary got his fourth win of the season on the mound. The righthander scattered five hits and allowed just one earned run while matching his career-best of seven strikeouts. Greenlee suffered the loss for Army as he gave up nine hits ande was responsible for all four runs.
The Hoosiers will wrap up play in Bradenton, Fla., on Saturday when they take on Vermont. Game time has been adjusted to 10 a.m. from its originally scheduled time of 2:30 p.m. and the contest will now be played at Lakewood High School.
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