Lewis Leads Hoosiers to Doubleheader Split
FARMVILLE, Va. - After suffering a rain out on Friday, the Indiana baseball team split a doubleheader with Longwood at Lancer Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Hoosiers took game one, 10-4, before dropping the second game by a 4-1 score. IU is now 13-5 overall on the season, while the Lancers sit at 8-17.
Josh Lewis pitched the opener, going seven innings to improve to 4-0 this season. The junior allowed three earned runs on five hits while walking a pair and striking out a career-high 10 batters. Senior Steve Nielsen pitched the final two innings, netting his second save of the season and the third of his career.
Behind a 10-run, 16-hit attack, Cream and Crimson cruised to victory in game one. Single tallies in the first, third and fifth innings gave IU a three-run lead. Junior Reggie Watson jump-started the offense, scoring on a wild pitch for the Hoosiers' first run.
Senior Kurt Weigle blasted his first home run of the season in the third, and senior Joe Kemp doubled home Watson in the fifth.
Indiana added a pair of runs in the sixth to make it 5-0 with freshman Brad Udoff accounting for both runs in the inning, singling home Zach Boswell and Corby Heckman.
Kemp pushed the Hoosier lead to 6-0, bringing home junior Jay Brant with an RBI singe before Longwood bounced back with three runs in the bottom of the frame.
Following a scoreless eighth, the Cream and Crimson put up a four-spot in the ninth to put the game away. Kemp corralled his third RBI of the game, plating sophomore Josh Richardson with a base knock. Junior Ryan Parker kept the line moving, pushing across Brant and Kemp with a base hit, and senior Corby Heckman drove in Parker with a sacrifice fly for the final Indiana run.
Longwood scratched across a run in the bottom of the ninth, making it a 10-4 final.
Kemp closed out the contest 4-for-5 to go along with three RBI, a pair of doubles and one run scored. Watson (two runs), Brant (two runs), Heckman (one RBI, one run) and Richardson (one run) each added two hits.
In game two, the Lancers tallied a run in the first before Brant scored the only Hoosier run on a wild pitch to knot it up at one in the fourth.
However, Longwood took the lead on an RBI single in the home half of the fifth from Chris Balus and never looked back. The Lancers put one more run on the board in the inning and one in the sixth for the final 4-1 margin.
Hoosier starter Brad Davidson (2-1) suffered the first defeat of his collegiate career in the nightcap. The freshman tossed 4 2/3 innings, surrendering one earned run and punching out three. Longwood's second fifth-inning run was the first earned run Davidson gave up in his three starts, a span of 16 2/3 innings pitched.
As well as scoring the Cream and Crimson's lone run, junior Jay Brant stole his team-leading 10th base and went 1-for-3, pushing his hitting streak to 12 games. Juniors Ryan Parker and Zach Boswell secured hits in the opener but went hitless in game two, snapping 15-game and 10-game hitting streaks, respectively.
Game one was a nine-inning contest and the second game was a seven-inning affair. The series finale on Sunday, March 27, also was canceled due to inclement weather.
On Tuesday, March 29, the Hoosiers return home to take on Valparaiso. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m. at Sembower Field.
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