Hoosiers Down Indiana Wesleyan
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana baseball team took advantage of five Indiana Wesleyan miscues and several early scoring opportunities en route to a 13-5 victory on Tuesday afternoon. With the win, the Hoosiers improve to 12-7, while the Wildcats fall to 3-10.
IU opened the scoring with a five-run rally in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back. Aided by three Wesleyan errors and three base hits, the Hoosiers jumped out to a 5-0 lead. Cody Wargo delivered a clutch two-run single and Seth Bynum added a run scoring single to lead the charge.
After Indiana Wesleyan plated a run in the top of the third, IU put another crooked number on the board in the bottom half of the frame. Bynum opened the inning reaching on an error and moved to third following a single by Troy Ragle. A wild pitch scored Bynum and advanced Ragle to third, where he came home on a single by Rashard Graves. Graves scored the final run of the inning on another Wildcat wild pitch, giving the Hoosiers an 8-1 advantage.
Indiana struck again in the bottom of the fourth when reigning Big Ten Player of the Week Joe Kemp delivered a two-run homer to right center field to give IU a 10-1 lead. The home run was Kemp's second of the season
In the bottom of the seventh, the Hoosiers tallied their final runs of the game. Following back-to-back singles by Josh Richardson and Reggie Watson, pinch-hitter Ryan Parker delivered a single to left field bringing Richardson home. Kemp walked to load the bases and Bynum hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Watson and make it 12-3. Parker closed the rally by scoring the third Indiana run of the game on a wild pitch.
Brian Lortz picked up his first win of the season (1-0), limiting the Wildcats to one run on two hits in four innings. Additionally, the junior struck out three while walking one.
Offensively, Kemp and Bynum led IU with a pair of RBIs apiece with Bynum adding two runs scored and stealing his 11th base in 11 attempts. Watson, Ragle and Richardson each added two hits, leading a 10-hit attack.
Up next, the Hoosiers return to Sembower Field for a battle against the Chicago State Cougars at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 24.
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