IU Rallies To Beat Wright State
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.
IU added another run in the fifth as Mahar drove in Calkins, who had reached on bunt single.
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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