IU Rallies To Beat Wright State

    Go Hoosiers!
    Go Hoosiers!

    Go Hoosiers!
    FAIRBORN, Ohio -- The Indiana baseball team rallied all the way back from an 8-1 deficit and picked up an 11-9 win over Wright State at Nischwitz Field in Fairborn, Ohio, Tuesday night. The Hoosiers avenged a March 26, 7-6 loss at home to the Raiders and improved to 23-9 on the season

    "It was a great come-from-behind win," Hoosier head coach Bob Morgan said. "We did a good job to come all the way back from being down 8-1. Brian Lortz did a good job of coming in and shutting them down. We got some good, key hits and swung the bat really well. Overall, I'm proud of the way we battled back for the win."

    Wright State (11-21) struck first with a single run in the bottom of the first. The Hoosiers matched the Raiders' stride in the top of the second as Kevin Mahar nailed his first home run of the season.

    The Raiders responded in the bottom with a big inning, totaling seven runs on five hits, a walk and an IU error.

    Indiana managed to get one of those runs back in the top of the third as Reggie Watson scored on Mark Calkins' sacrifice fly.

    Trailing, 8-2, sophomore Brian Lortz entered to pitch for the Hoosiers. Over the next four innings, Lortz allowed just two hits and one earned run while walking three and striking out two.

    IU added another run in the fifth as Mahar drove in Calkins, who had reached on bunt single.

    The Hoosiers got going offensively in the top of the sixth inning, posting five runs to cut the Raiders' lead to just one run at 9-8. Catcher Cody Wargo launched his third homer of the season, a solo shot, to lead things off. Indiana captured the momentum from there. Brad DeStefano ripped a triple, IU's second of the season, and Watson and Heckman crossed home plate. In the next at bat, strangely enough, Vasili Spanos hit the Hoosiers' third triple of the season. Spanos scored on Ryan Parker's ground out for IU's eighth run of the game.

    In the eighth, IU surged ahead on the power of first baseman Mahar's three-run double. In a pinch hit role, Nick Evans led off with a single through the left side and Chad Coder entered to run for him. Heckman walked and DeStefano sacrificed both runners over. With runners on second and third, the Raiders chose to intentionally walk Spanos with one out. Mahar made them pay with his base-clearing double that gave the Hoosiers the 11-9 eventual final score.

    Freshman Chris Hynes pitched the seventh and eight innings and got the win for IU, his second of the season. Hynes allowed two hits, no runs and two walks, while fanning two Raider batters. Ryan Smith came on in the ninth to finish the game and secured his fifth save of the year. Starter Troy Ragle pitched 1.1 innings and was responsible for three hits and four earned runs. Austin Rhoads also worked two-thirds of an inning.

    Mahar collected a career-high five RBI, the second-most by an IU player this season, and ran his hitting streak to eight straight games. Spanos (1-for-3, 2 BBs) extended his hitting streak to nine consecutive contests.

    Indiana resumes Big Ten Conference play this weekend as it travels to Columbus, Ohio, to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes. On Friday, April 18, the two teams will meet for the series opener at 5:35 p.m. (CST). A Saturday doubleheader begins at 3:05 p.m. while first pitch of Sunday's finale is at 12:05 p.m. The Buckeyes are currently in second place with an 8-4 record in Big Ten play. The Hoosiers occupy the third-place spot in the standings with a record of 7-5.




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