Hoosiers Fall in Series Opener to Ohio State
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana University baseball team fell to the Ohio State Buckeyes, 11-6, on Friday at Sembower Field. The loss dropped the Hoosiers' record to 23-18 overall and 7-10 in conference play, while Ohio State improved to 21-17 and 10-7.
"We have got to play better overall," IU coach Bob Morgan said. "We didn't pitch very well today. We need to be better defensively and be productive in certain situations. To Ohio State's credit, they continued to extend the lead on us. We got it to 6-6, but they responded with a three-run inning."
Ohio State jumped on the scoreboard in the top of the third, scoring five runs on five hits. Jacob Howell led off with a single to center and Steve Caravati followed with a double down the left field line. Ronnie Bourquin drew a one-out walk to load the bases. Brett Garrard plated the Buckeyes' first two runs with a single to left. In the next at-bat Paul Farinacci pounded a three-run homer to center for the 5-0 advantage.
Indiana responded with three runs in its half of the third. Cody Wargo singled through the left side, and Jay Brant reached on an error with two away. Seth Bynum blasted his sixth homer of the season to put the Hoosiers on the scoreboard and close the gap to, 5-3.
The Buckeyes added run number six when Howell homered out of the park in right to start the fourth.
Mahar crushed his Big Ten-best 12th home run out the park in left to pull back IU within two at 6-4. The Hoosiers tacked on two more runs to tie the game. Ryan Donley reached on an error by Buckeye third baseman Jedidiah Stephen, Josh Richardson walked and Reggie Watson placed himself safely at first on an infield single. Brant knocked a single to center field that brought Donley and Richardson across home plate.
Ohio State regained the lead in the sixth when Caravati nailed his ninth long ball of the season to right, making it 9-6, Buckeyes.
OSU added a pair of insurance runs in the top of the ninth for the 11-6 final score.
Nick Vitielliss was tagged with the loss for Indiana, dropping his record to 4-3 this season. Vitielliss worked the initial five innings and scattered nine hits. He was responsible for right runs, walked two and struck out one. Adam Pegg came on to relieve Vitielliss with two runners on in the sixth. Pegg finished the game and gave up six hits and three runs. He walked one and struck out two.
For Ohio State, Josh Newman earned the victory on the hill, improving to 6-4. Newman worked six innings and allowed eight Indiana hits. He walked two and struck out four. Jesse Paciorek earned his second save of the season after limiting IU to two hits over the final three innings.
Watson paced Indiana offensively with three hits. Wargo went 2-for-3 at the plate and drove in a pair of runs. With the home run, Bynum extended his hitting streak to 11 straight games.
Indiana will look to get back on the winning track on Saturday when the four-game series resumes at Sembower Field. The first game of a doubleheader is set for a 1 p.m. start.
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