Hoosiers Capture 10-1 Win vs. OSU

    Go Hoosiers!
    Go Hoosiers!

    Go Hoosiers!
    COLUMBUS, Ohio - Center fielder Reggie Watson collected four hits, and junior right-hander Josh Lewis earned his sixth win of the season as the Indiana baseball team captured the series opener over Ohio State, 10-1, on Friday evening at Bill Davis Stadium. The Hoosiers are now 22-19 (5-12 Big Ten), while the Buckeyes drop to 20-15 (4-10 Big Ten).

    Watson closed out the evening 4-for-5 with a couple of runs, one double and one stolen base. Along with the junior, Joe Kemp produced a big night. The senior right fielder went 2-for-5 with three runs driven in, two runs scored and his team-leading eighth home run.

    Kemp gave the Cream and Crimson an early lead when he took an offering from Dan DeLucia (2-4) over the right-field wall for a 2-0 lead in the first. The Bowie, Md., native's blast extended his hitting streak to seven games, and it plated Watson, who opened the ballgame with an infield single.

    IU moved it to 3-0 in the second stanza as freshman shortstop Tyler Cox hit a bounding ball past second baseman Jason Zoeller, allowing sophomore Josh Richardson to touch home.

    Lewis (6-3) mowed through the first 3 2/3 innings before the Buckeyes mounted a rally with two down in the fourth. First baseman Paul Farinacci doubled down the left-field line, catcher Eric Fryer worked a walk and right fielder Matt Angle blooped a base hit into left to load the bases.

    Farinacci crossed the plate on a passed ball and runners sat at second and third for center fielder Mike Rabin, but Lewis painted the outside corner on a 3-2 count to strike Rabin out and preserve a two-run Indiana lead through four innings.

    The Hoosiers pushed their lead to 5-1 in the seventh as Cox started the two-run rally with a base on balls. Watson beat out a sacrifice bunt, and Cox motored to third base as first baseman Steve Caravati threw the ball into right field in an attempt to catch Watson. Two batters later, Watson took off for second and Kemp hit a grounder to short, but Jedidiah Stephen left to cover second base and the ball squirted into left field to score Cox.

    Junior first baseman Ryan Parker drilled a towering fly out to center, and Watson tagged on the play to put
    runners on the corners. Reliever Rory Meister faked to third and tossed to first, but the pickoff attempt was ruled a balk, letting Watson walk in with the Cream and Crimson's fifth tally.

    After the fourth, Lewis sent down seven of the final eight Buckeyes he faced and left the game after firing six innings. The Mt. Airy, Md., product held OSU to one unearned run on five hits to go along with seven punchouts and three walks.

    Parker continued the offensive attack in the ninth, knocking in Cox with a base knock to left field to jumpstart a five-run outburst. Junior designated hitter Zach Boswell walked to push home Brant, and Kemp trotted home on a wild pitch. Senior third baseman Corby Heckman served a single to center to drive in Parker, and Boswell accounted for the final Hoosier run on a wild pitch to make it a 10-1 final.

    Joe Trucchio relieved Lewis and the sophomore cruised through the final three innings for his third career save. The righty shut Ohio State down, setting down nine of the 10 batters he faced and giving up just one hit and no base on balls as well as striking out two.

    In addition to Watson and Kemp, Cox reached three times (2 walks and 1 single) and corralled one RBI and two runs.

    The teams return to the diamond with a doubleheader on Saturday, April 30. Game one's first pitch is slated for 4:05 p.m. (EDT). The four-game series then concludes on Sunday, May 1, with a 1:05 p.m. starting time.




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