Indiana Comes Up Short vs. Northwestern
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana baseball team dropped a doubleheader to Northwestern on Sunday afternoon at Sembower Field. IU lost game one, 12-9, in nine innings and dropped game two, 10-6. The Hoosiers are now 15-8 on the season and 1-2 in Big Ten play, while the Wildcats move to 11-9 overall and 2-1 in the league.
In the opener, NU took a 9-8 lead into the bottom of the seventh, but could not hang on. Junior Reggie Watson gave the Hoosiers life with a leadoff triple into right center field. Following a ground out, senior Joe Kemp walked to put runners on the corners for junior Ryan Parker, who hit a sharp grounder to second baseman Jake Owens. Owens flipped to Jon Mikrut at short to force Kemp, but the relay bounced away from first baseman Mark Ori, letting Watson come home with the tying run to force extra innings.
After a scoreless eighth inning, Northwestern pushed across three in the ninth for the final 12-9 margin. Pat McMahon scored the game-winning run on an errant throw to first by catcher Kurt Weigle on a sacrifice bunt. Mike Phelps added a two-RBI single off Hoosier reliever Joe Trucchio (1-2) as the Wildcats closed out their first Big Ten victory.
Watson completed the opener with a 5-for-6 performance to go along with one RBI and three runs. Sophomore Josh Richardson went 3-for-5 with a pair of RBI, and freshman Brad Udoff added two RBI and two runs.
Anthony Wycklendt hit a three-run homer in the top of the first to put NU up 3-0 before the Cream and Crimson responded with one in the bottom half of the inning. Leading off, Watson opened with a single to left and junior Jay Brant followed with a line drive double over right fielder's Max Mann's head. Watson came across with IU's first run when shortstop Caleb Fields threw errantly attempting to catch him at the plate.
Both teams continued the offensive attack in the second inning as the Wildcats came back with four runs on four hits to build their lead to 7-1.
Watson singled in Udoff, who reached on a single and advanced to second on freshman Jon Fixler's base knock, to cut the Northwestern lead to 7-2 through two innings.
Northwestern got the run back in the third, but the Hoosiers stormed back with six in the bottom half of the frame to even things up when Brant delivered a two-RBI single, plating Udoff and Weigle.
Udoff started the rally with a shot to left field, scoring Parker and junior Zach Boswell. Richardson accounted for the other two runs, singling in senior Corby Heckman and Weigle. In the inning, Indiana sent 10 men to the plate and pounded six hits.
Neither team entered the scoring column in the fourth and it appeared IU was ready to take its first lead of the
ballgame in the fifth. Richardson ripped a single up the middle and Watson beat out a bunt to put runners on first and second with nobody out for Brant, who sacrificed both runners up 90 feet.
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