Hoosiers Rally to Beat SVSU
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana baseball team scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth to defeat Saginaw Valley State, 4-3, on a rainy afternoon at Sembower Field in Bloomington. Corby Heckman's hit to deep right-center field plated Mark Calkins to take the win and give head coach Bob Morgan career win No. 999. Morgan will have a chance to hit the 1,000 mark on Wednesday as the Hoosiers, who are 14-2 on the season, play host to Wright State at 3 p.m.
After more than an hour rain delay, Saginaw Valley wasted no time getting on the scoreboard with a run in the top of the first. After a leadoff walk, Dan Jones smacked singled to right field and advanced Sean Odamura to third base. Odamura came on home Eric Caldwell's sacrifice fly to center field to give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead.
The Hoosiers responded with a run of their on in the bottom half of the frame. Calkins led off with a single to left, stole second base and moved up to third on Brad DeStefano's ground out. Heckman laced a base hit down the left field line to even the score at 1-1.
The Cardinals regained the lead in the top of the fourth on Mike Crawford's two-run homer to right field. Down the stretch, things didn't look good for the Hoosiers.
Indiana stranded six runners through the next four innings, but was able to hold Saginaw Valley in check. Redshirt freshman Austin Rhoads relieved starter Josh Lewis in the top of the fifth and was extremely effective for the next four innings. Rhoads allowed SVSU only one hit and one walk while striking out three.
The Hoosiers mustered a run to make it, 3-2, in the eighth. Heckman reached on an error to start the inning and scored on Vasili Spanos' double to the wall in right center.
Closer Ryan Smith entered the game to pitch for IU in the ninth. The senior gave up one hit, but the Hoosier defense picked the runner off. Smith notched a strikeout and a ground out to get out of the inning.
In the bottom of the ninth, Indiana turned it on. With one out, Kevin Mahar was hit by a pitch. Calkins (2-for-4) ripped a double to right field and Mahar came all the way home to tie the game at three. After De
Stefano walked, Heckman (3-for-5) finished things off with his hit.
Smith was credited with the win, his third of the season. Joe Kramer took the loss for the Cardinals and his record slipped to 1-1.
With today's win, Morgan has amassed a career record of 999-506-6 in his 28th season as a head coach, and 711 of those victories have come in 20 seasons at Indiana. When he reaches the 1,000 win mark, he would become the 12th active Division I coach to reach that milestone and the 26th in history.
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