Hoosiers Fall to Miami (Ohio), 10-5
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana University baseball team dropped a non-conference match-up against Miami-Ohio, 10-5, on Wednesday afternoon at Sembower Field. The RedHawks scored seven runs in the top of the ninth inning to pull out the win. IU falls to 21-15 on the season, while the RedHawks improve to 23-11.
Miami took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning. Mike Ferris doubled to lead off and then scored on Sam Sellery's two-bagger to right. Sellery came home on Brian Canada's base hit to left.
The RedHawks went ahead, 3-0, on a solo homer from John Slone in the fifth.
Indiana hit two home runs in the fifth to take a 4-3 lead. Ryan Parker led off the frame and drilled a lead-off homer, his second of the season, to start the rally. Josh Richardson and Kurt Weigle followed with back-to-back singles and after a fielder's choice and fly out, Jay Brant hit a three-run homer to left field to give the Hoosiers the lead. The blast was Brant's second on the season and his second in as many games.
IU added an insurance run in the seventh when Rashard Graves singled to center, bringing home Richardson for Indiana's fifth run of the ball game.
The Hoosiers held their two-run lead until the RedHhawks put up a crooked number in the top of the ninth. Jon Franzese tied the game at 5-5 with a pinch-hit, two-run homer, and Sellery put Miami ahead for good with an RBI single to make it 6-5.
Brian Canada gave the RedHawks a cushion with a two-out grand slam accounting for the final runs of the game.
Matt Saba started for Indiana and did not allow a run in three innings. The freshman held Miami to two hits with no walks. Steve Nielsen, who pitched two-thirds of the ninth inning, suffered the loss for IU, his record falling to 2-3. He gave four hits and five earned runs while walking one batter. Miami's Chad Reineke picked up the win, improving his season record to 2-1. Reineke worked the final 2.2 innings for the RedHawks and held IU to just one hit while striking out two.
Brant finished the afternoon 1-for-4 with three RBI and Parker went 2-for-4 with an RBI and run scored. Richardson was 2-for-3 and also scored a run.
IU is back in action this weekend when it travels to Champaign, Ill., for a four-game series with the University of Illinois. The series starts on Friday, April 23, at 6:35 p.m. at Illini Field.
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