Indiana Beats Indiana State, 6-4
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana baseball team scored in each of the opening four frames, and downed Indiana State for the second time this season, 6-4, Wednesday afternoon at Sembower Field. The Hoosiers improve to 16-9 on the year, while the Sycamores fall to 13-15.
The Hoosiers notched single runs in the first, second and third before adding a three-spot to their tally in the fourth. Senior right fielder Joe Kemp led the Cream and Crimson, going 3-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI. Juniors Ryan Parker and Josh Richardson each added a pair of hits, while Parker, senior Corby Heckman and senior Kurt Weigle added an RBI apiece. Junior Zach Boswell added a two-run single in the victory.
Freshman Brad Davidson (3-1) earned the win for the Hoosiers. Over three innings, Davidson struck out two, allowing only one run on three hits. Sophomore Joe Trucchio picked up his second save of the season, pitching perfect in the final two innings.
The Sycamores got the on the board first with a single tally in the opening frame. With one out, designated hitter Chris Schmitt singled through the right side. Left fielder Rance Fosdick drove him home with a double just inside the right field line.
The Cream and Crimson answered with a two-out run in the bottom of the frame. Kemp started the rally with a double inside the chalk into the left field corner. Parker deposited the next pitch into short center, driving Kemp home to knot it at one.
Weigle laid down a squeeze bunt to the first base side of the mound, plating IU third baseman Corby Heckman to give the Hoosiers their first lead of the ballgame in the second. Heckman reached on a five-pitch walk before advancing to third on a single in front of the Indiana State center fielder by Richardson.
Kemp reached when the pitcher misplayed a drag bunt. After Parker was retired, Boswell walked and Heckman followed with a line single to center, scoring Kemp. Richardson loaded the bases with a single to shallow right. The Hoosiers were held at bay as Weigle struck out swinging, and despite the ball getting away from ISU catcher Nevin Ashley, Boswell was thrown out trying to take home.
ISU cut the lead to one in the top of the fourth. Sophomore Marcus Artner walked on four straight pitches and advanced to third on a single to right by Ashley. Sophomore Ryan Bond drove him home with a single through the hole between third and short. After a passed ball put runners on second and third, IU hurler Chris McCombs got the next two batters to line out softly and ground out, respectively.
After freshman David Trager reached on an error to start the bottom of the fourth, the Cream and Crimson put together four straight singles, scoring three runs in the inning. Junior Jay Brant singled to left, advancing Trager over to third base. Brant's single extended his hitting streak to 19 games.
Kemp and Parker put together back-to-back singles, loading the bases. Kemp's liner to center field plated Trager to push the IU advantage back to two. Boswell provided the final blow of the inning with a single to right, scoring Brant and Kemp to push the lead to 6-2.
The Sycamores got one back in the top of the fifth. Fosdick, who reached on a single and then stole second, advanced to third following a bloop single to center field by Artner. Ashley drove Fosdick home with a ground ball single that took a hop over Hoosier third baseman Heckman.
With one out in the sixth, the Sycamores threatened, putting runners on second and third. ISU got a single from freshman Tyler Malone and a double down the left field field line by junior Tim Brewer to put two runners in scoring position. IU pitcher sophomore Matt Saba muffled the scoring chance for Indiana State, striking out the next two batters.
The Sycamores drew within two with an unearned run in the top of the seventh, but Trucchio struck out one and gave up only two hits over the final two innings. In the ninth, the Hoosiers used a double play to garner the first two outs before center fielder junior Reggie Watson ended the game with a diving catch in center.
The Hoosiers will return to Big Ten action over the weekend with a four-game series against five-time defending conference champion Minnesota. The Cream and Crimson will battle the Golden Gophers in Minneapolis starting on Friday, April 6, at 3 p.m. IU will then face Minnesota in a doubleheader on Saturday, starting at 1 p.m. The series capper will be Sunday at 1 p.m.
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