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    HOOSIERS DROP BIG TEN OPENER TO PENN STATE

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    ="opener"> March 27, 1998

    HOOSIERS DROP BIG TEN OPENER TO PENN STATE

    Indiana comes back from six-run deficit to lose in 10 innings

    Bloomington, Ind.- The Indiana baseball team rallied to come back from a six-run deficit, only to lose in the tenth inning to Penn State, 10-7 in the Big Ten season opener.

    Senior Kyle Boyd gave up six runs in the first four innings, but then held the Nittany Lions scoreless for five straight innings while IU chipped away at the lead. Indiana tied the game with three runs in the bottom of the sixth, highlighted by junior Frank O'Connell's two-run single. O'Connell finished three for five with three RBI and his second home run of the season in the fifth inning to extend his hitting streak to a career-high nine games.

    IU fared well against one of the top pitching prospects in the nation, Penn State's Nate Bump, who struck out 10 batters in eight innings. IU stopped Bump's 15.2 inning scoreless streak with two runs in the fourth inning. The Hoosiers scored six runs off of Bump, three of which were earned.

    Boyd was also impressive at times, matching his season-high with 10 strikeouts, but allowing a career-high 13 hits over nine innings. He threw over 180 pitches, walking five while matching his career-worst with six earned runs allowed.

    Penn State's Shawn Fagan had a tremendous day, finishing four for six with four RBI, including a three-run home run in the tenth inning to give himself the win. Fagan took over Bump in the ninth inning and earned the victory, holding off a Hoosier rally in the tenth inning.

    Sophomore Fred Graf (0-2), who entered the game second on the Hoosiers with a 1.50 ERA, gave up four runs in the tenth inning to suffer the loss.

    The loss drops the Hoosiers to 14-10 and 0-1 in Big Ten play. Penn State improves to 9-9 and 1-0 in conference action. The two teams will face off again tomorrow in a double header. First pitch at Sembower Field is scheduled for 1 p.m.


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