Minnesota Wins Game One
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - In the opening game of a four-game weekend series against the two-time reigning Big Ten champion Minnesota Golden Gophers, the Indiana baseball dropped a 9-2 decision on Friday afternoon. Minnesota improves to 13-11 overall and 3-2 in the Big Ten, while IU falls to 18-10 overall and 2-3 in the Big Ten.
Gopher starter Glen Perkins (2-2) pitched eight innings and did not allow a run after two first inning Hoosier tallies. Perkins held the Hoosiers to four hits while walking one and striking out 10.
Indiana opened the scoring in the bottom of the first when Kevin Mahar delivered a two-run single to make it 2-0. Ryan Parker and Corby Heckman recorded back-to-back one-out singles to start the rally. After a Joe Kemp fielder's choice forced Heckman at second and a walk to Seth Bynum, Mahar came through collecting his 33rd and 34th RBI of the season.
Minnesota responded with three runs in the third and three more in the fourth. In the fourth, Luke MacLean lined a two-run triple to center and scored on a double off the right field wall by Mike Mee to make it 6-2.
The Gophers struck again in the fifth when Sean Kommerstad drilled a two-run homer to left field, extending the Minnesota lead to 8-2.
Chris Behrens relieved Indiana starter Josh Lewis in the sixth and held Minnesota in check for the final four innings. The senior allowed only one run with four strikeouts.
Offensively, Heckman finished the afternoon going 2-for-4, and Bynum stole his 17th base in 19 attempts.
The loss was the first at Sembower Field this season for the Hoosiers (10-1), who return to the diamond for a doubleheader against Minnesota on Saturday afternoon. First pitch for game one is 1 p.m. at Sembower Field.
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