Hoosiers Beat Valpo, 6-4
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - In its final tuneup before the start of Big Ten Conference play, the Indiana baseball team handed Valparaiso a 6-4 loss on Wednesday afternoon at Sembower Field. The Hoosiers ran their record to 16-7 while the Crusaders fell to 3-13 on the year.
IU received multi-hit efforts from shortstop Seth Bynum, first baseman Joe Kemp and third baseman David Hughes. Bynum finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored and Kemp went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Hughes was 2-for-3 and drove in a run.
Three Indiana pitchers limited the Crusaders to just four hits in the contest. Freshman Matt Saba earned his fifth win of the season in relief and improved his record to 5-0. The righthander pitched four innings, allowing two hits and no walks, while striking out two. All three runs he gave up were unearned. Freshman Doug Fleenor pitched the final inning and notched the first save of his Hoosier career. Fleenor gave up one hit, one walk and struck out two. Chris Behrens gave Indiana a solid start, working four innings and giving up just one hit and one run. The senior struck out three and walked three.
Harvey Yergin was tagged with the loss for Valparaiso. Yergin fell to 1-1 after he gave up the go-ahead run to Indiana in the sixth. Five Crusader pitchers scattered nine IU hits, walked six batters and struck out five.
IU surrendered one run in the top of the first. Valpo leadoff hitter Jeff Rickert went to second on an error, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a fielder's choice.
The Hoosiers took the lead in the second. Kemp singled through the left side, moved to third on Bynum's base hit and scored as Hughes singled into left.
In the third, Ryan Parker nailed a leadoff double down the left field line. Parker moved to third on a wild pitch and Corby Heckman knocked him home with a groundout to the shortstop, putting the Hoosiers on top, 4-1.
The Crusaders rallied to tie the game in the fifth. Valpo capitalized on Kevin Perri's double, a hit batsman and two Indiana errors to make it, 4-4.
The Hoosiers broke the stalemate in the sixth when Bynum doubled and eventually crossed home plate as Donley was caught stealing at second. IU added an insurance run in the eighth inning when Kemp doubled to the center field fence, plating Corby Heckman.
Indiana is set to begin Big Ten Conference play this weekend at Northwestern (9-9-1). The Hoosiers and Wildcats will engage in a four-game series beginning Friday, April 2, at 4 p.m. (EST) at Rocky Miller Park. First pitch of Saturday's doubleheader is scheduled for 2 p.m. and Sunday's finale begins at 2 p.m.
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