Indiana Falls at Miami
OXFORD, Ohio -- Despite shutting down the RedHawk offense over the final five innings, the Indiana baseball team was unable to overcome an early deficit and fell to Miami (Ohio), 8-5, Wednesday afternoon at Hayden Park in Oxford. IU's season record slipped to 26-12 while MU improved to 22-16-1.
Miami took the early lead in the bottom of the first inning. Outfielder Michael Carlin hit his 15th home run of the season out of the park in center. George Stegmiller, who dropped a single into center field, scored ahead of him to make it 2-0.
Indiana scored a run in the third. Centerfielder Brad DeStefano singled up the middle and then advanced to second after the Miami second baseman's throw to first went into the IU dugout. DeStefano came around to score on senior rightfielder Kenny Marrs' double off the top of the wall in left-center.
The RedHawks continued their offensive surge, scoring three runs in both the second and third innings. At the top of the third, sophomore Brian Lortz replaced IU starting pitcher Austin Rhoads.
IU scored three runs to cut into the lead in the top of the sixth. Third baseman Vasili Spanos led off with a base hit up the middle and second baseman Corby Heckman walked on four straight pitches to put runners on first and second. Kevin Mahar hit a grounder to third to reach on a fielder's choice, but Miami's attempt to get the out at second resulted in an error. Spanos scored on the miscue and Heckman moved to third.
Ryan Donley's single to right-center field kept things going and plated Heckman for the second run of the inning. Catcher Kurt Weigle's sacrifice fly to right scored Mahar to make it, 8-4.
The Hoosiers added another run in the eighth as Donley went yard for the fourth time this season.
With one out in the ninth, Marrs reached base for the fourth time today when Miami closer Michael Gardner plunked him with a pitch. It was the team-leading 10th time Marrs has been hit by a pitch this season. After Seth Bynum flew out to center field, Gardner hit designated hitter Mark Calkins with a pitch to put runners on first and second. Marrs advanced to third on a wild pitch and the Hoosiers had a first and third situation as Spanos stepped to the plate. Spanos struck out on a called third strike to end the game.
Rhoads (2-1) took the loss for Indiana after surrendering five hits and five runs in two innings.
Miami starter Chad Reineke picked up the win, improving to 2-1 on the season. Reineke gave up six hits and three runs, two of them earned, while walking three and recording four strikeouts. Gardner recorded his sixth save of the season.
Marrs and Donley led the Hoosiers at the plate. Marrs went 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a hit by pitch. Donley had two hits, including a homer, and drove in two runs. Spanos extended his team-best hitting streak to 14 straight games with a single in the sixth.
The Hoosiers return to action this weekend as they host Big Ten Conference leader Minnesota for a four-game series. The set opens on Friday, April 25, with a 3 p.m. contest, continues with a doubleheader on Saturday at 1 p.m. and finishes with a 1 p.m. start on Sunday.
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