IU Drops Doubleheader at Illinois

    Go Hoosiers!
    Go Hoosiers!

    Go Hoosiers!
    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

    Indiana out-hit Illinois, 8-5, but was unable to cash in, stranding seven runners on base. The loss put the Hoosiers' overall record at 22-16 overall and 6-8 in Big Ten games. The Illini improved to 14-20 and 6-8.

    After three and a half scoreless innings, Illinois took the lead on Eric Eymann's three-run homer to left.

    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.

    In the following at bat, Drew Davidson lined a shot at IU starting pitcher Josh Lewis. Lewis turned to get out of the way, but the ball nailed him in the back and he left the game.

    Indiana mounted a threat in the top of the seventh. Kevin Mahar led off with an infield single, and Ryan Donley singled up the middle. After Josh Richardson struck out, Ryan Parker's pinch-hit, fielder's choice saw Donley out at second. Mahar scored the Hoosiers' only run on a wild pitch.

    Matt Saba finished the game on the mound for Indiana. The freshman pitched 2.2 innings and did not give up a hit while walking one batter. Lewis took the loss, falling to 3-5 on the year. He scattered five hits, walked two and struck out three in 3.1 innings pitched.

    IU shortstop Seth Bynum and centerfielder Reggie Watson both collected two hits in the loss. Bynum hit his 11th double of the season. Jay Brant stole his 10th base, to remain perfect on the base paths.

    Indiana and Illinois complete their four-game set on Sunday in Champaign. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m.




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