IU Falters vs. Wright State
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana baseball team lost a heartbreaker Wednesday to Wright State, 7-6, at Sembower Field. The Raiders scored three runs, two of them unearned, in the top of the eighth to edge the Hoosiers and leave head coach Bob Morgan with 999 career wins. Indiana fell to, 14-3, while Wright State moved its record to 6-12.
"We made some mistakes defensively and they took advantage of them," Morgan said. "We had to pitch a lot of kids because we've got the weekend and we've got to save some pitchers. Some younger kids have got to step up, when it is their turn they've got to step up and some of the kids weren't ready to pitch."
Wright State opened the scoring with a run in top of the first inning on two hits and an Indiana error.
It took the Hoosiers until the bottom of the third to score, but they grabbed a 3-1 lead. Sophomore second baseman, Jay Brant, playing in his third game of the season after missing the early part while recovering from shoulder surgery, hit a leadoff double to left field. Brant moved to third on a passed ball and senior leftfielder Mark Calkins drove him in with a single to center field. Calkins advanced to second with a stolen base and then to third on a dropped third strike by the Wright State catcher. Senior third baseman Vasili Spanos drew walk. Both Calkins and Spanos scored on an errant throw to third by the catcher.
The Raiders battled back with three runs of their own in the top of the fifth. Ty Brown drew a leadoff walk from IU reliever Dan Peazley and moved up to second on Mark Barhorst's single to right. Pat Masters hit a double to left-center and both runners came home. Adam Morton single later in the inning to score Masters and make 4-3, Wright State.
The Hoosiers tacked one run in each of the next three innings to regain the lead. Senior centerfielder Brad DeStefano singled to right-center and advanced to second on an error by the Raider rightfielder to start the fifth. He moved all the way around on passed ball and Calkins' ground out.
In the sixth, junior designated hitter Ryan Donley walked, went to second on ground out and to third on a wild pitch. Junior catcher Cody Wargo walked. Wright State attempted to catch Wargo in a run down and Donley stole home, sliding under the tag for IU's fifth run.
In the seventh, DeStefano scored his second run of the game after a stolen base, moving on Corby Heckman's hit and coming home on a wild pitch to put the Hoosiers up, 6-4.
Wright State rallied in the eighth to take the lead for good. Morton singled and pinch-hitter Ryan Zenn walked with one out. Kofi Gyimah came in to pinch run for Zenn. Justin Wilson's single up the middle scored Morton to make it 6-5. Wright State plated two more runs when Brown reached base as Brant mishandled the ball at second.
The Raiders held Indiana over the final two frames and snapped the Hoosiers' five-game win streak against them.. Indiana used five pitchers in the game. Freshman Troy Ragle returned to the lineup for the first time since opening weekend and threw effectively for four innings. The lefty, who had been nursing an injury, scattered four hits and struck out three while issuing no walks. Peazley allowed three hits and three runs in one inning of work. Freshman Chris Hynes worked one inning with one hit and one strike out. Freshman Derek Hibbs pitched 1.2 innings, allowing two hits, two walks and three runs, only one of them earned. Hibbs struck out two. Senior Kevin O'Brien finished the final 1.1 innings for IU without giving up a hit. Chris Snyder moved to 2-2 with the win for Wright State. Snyder pitched the final two innings and allowed just one hit while striking out two.
Heckman extended his hit streak to eight straight games, the longest on the team this season. Heckman and DeStefano both had two hits and Calkins collected two RBI to lead the Hoosiers offensively.
IU will look to get Morgan's 1,000th career win this weekend when it opens Big Ten play with a four-game series at Illinois. The Hoosiers will play one game on Friday at 4:05 p.m. Saturday's doubleheader begins and 1:05 p.m. while the first pitch of Sunday's finale is set for 1:05 p.m.
"We are going to Illinois to start the Big Ten Conference and hoping to win at least three out of four," Morgan said. "They are a really good ball club. We have to go there and play well to give ourselves a chance and opportunity to do some
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