IU Drops Doubleheader at Illinois
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Indiana University baseball team dropped both games of a doubleheader to the Fighting Illini on Saturday at Illinois Field. The Hoosiers struggled at the plate in both contests losing the opener, 3-1, and the nightcap, 3-2. With today's sweep Illinois takes a 2-1 lead in the series and improves to its record to 15-20 and 7-8 in Big Ten games. The Hoosiers are now 22-17 overall and 6-8 in league action.
"We pitched well enough to win today, but we didn't swing the bats," Hoosier coach Bob Morgan said. "Illinois took advantage of key situations and ended up with two wins. We had our opportunities, too, but we did not come through. We've got to have people step up."
Game 2: Illinois 3, Indiana 2
Reggie Watson sparked the Hoosiers to a quick start in the opening inning. The sophomore centerfielder pounded a leadoff home run out of the park in left for the 1-0 Indiana lead. The long ball was third of the season.
The Illini answered back in the bottom half of the frame. With one out, Illinois got consecutive hits from Eric Eymann and Chad Frk before Chris Robinson laced a double down the right field line. Eymann came home to tie the game at one.
The Hoosiers regained the lead in the fourth. Seth Bynum drove a one-out single to right center, and Kevin Mahar reached on an error by the Illini rightfielder Vince DiMaria. With two outs, Josh Richardson drew base on balls to load the bases, Cody Wargo knocked a base hit up the middle, plating Bynum for the 2-1 advantage.
The Illini responded again, coming back to tie the game, and it was Robinson that did the damage. Robinson doubled to right and then scored when Ryan Rogowski poked a hit through the right side.
Indiana had a chance to go back ahead in the top of the seventh. Josh Richardson singled to left to get things started, and Cody Wargo sacrifice bunted pinch runner Rashard Graves over to second base. Graves moved to third on a ground out.
Illinois drew three walks and loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh. With Vince DiMaria coming to the plate, Adam Pegg replaced Chris Behrens on the hill. DiMaria's single up the middle scored Drew Davidson to clinch the win.
Behrens took the loss for, and fell to 0-2. The lefty gave up just five hits in 6.2 innings of work. He was responsible for all three runs, struck out two and walked three.
Illini starter Tim Gorski picked up complete game win. Gorski improved to 4-0 after allowing four IU hits and two runs. He walked four and recorded four strikeouts.
Game 1: Illinois 3, Indiana 1
Chad Frk (single) and Ryan Rogowski (walk) scored ahead of Eymann. The long ball turned out to be all of the offense the Illini needed.
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