Indiana Loses Game Two, 9-3, to Buckeyes
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana baseball team dropped its second straight contest to Ohio State on a rainy Saturday afternoon, 9-3, at Sembower Field in Bloomington. The second game of the scheduled doubleheader was postponed until Sunday when Hoosiers and Buckeyes will play a seven-inning contest, followed by a nine-inning game. First pitch of the twinbill is set for 12 p.m.
The Hoosier bats never really came to life, and IU could not find a way to shut down the Buckeye offense. OSU collected 15 hits, and starting pitcher Trent Luyster held Indiana to just five. As a result, Indiana's record slipped to 23-19 overall and 7-11 in Big Ten play. The Buckeyes are now 22-17 and 11-7.
"They flat out beat us today," IU coach Bob Morgan said. "They swung the bats, and we didn't. We didn't pitch well. They were the better team by far. Hopefully, we can change things tomorrow, and get ourselves going against a good ball club."
Rightfielder Joe Kemp put Indiana on the scoreboard first in the bottom of the second inning. Kemp took the first pitch he saw, and drilled a home run to left, his sixth of the season. It was all the offense Indiana would muster until the bottom of the seventh.
The Buckeyes went on to reel off nine unanswered runs. Ohio State quickly responded to Kemp's home run in third frame by throwing up a six-spot. The Buckeyes' scoring surge was fueled by a trio of home runs from Derek Kinnear, Drew Anderson and Ronnie Bourquin. After Kinnear and Anderson started the inning with back-to-back solo homers, Jacob Howell singled and then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Steve Carvati's base hit to right scored Howell. With one out, Bourquin homered to center to make it 5-0. After Paul Farinacci doubled to left, Matt Saba came in to relieve IU starter Josh Lewis. The Buckeyes scored one more run after an error by Hoosier third baseman Josh Richardson and Derek Kinnear's base hit to right plated Farinacci.
At the conclusion of the fourth, it began to downpour. Teams were called off the field and the tarp was immediately placed on the field. The teams waited through a 55-minute rain delay before resuming the game at the top of the fifth.
Ohio State carried its momentum over and pushed across three more runs on a hit batsman, three hits and one Hoosier error.
The Hoosiers attempted to mount a comeback in the ninth, but were only able to scored two runs. Designated hitter Ryan Donley reached on an error to lead off the frame and Ryan Parker drew a pinch-hit walk. Catcher Cody Wargo ripped a base-clearing double to right-center to make it, 9-3. Seth Bynum registered a one-out single to left before Ohio State recorded the game's final two outs.
Luyster picked up his fourth victory of the season in a complete game effort on the mound for Ohio State. He recorded a season-high nine strikeouts and walked three Hoosier batters. Two of IU's three runs were earned.
Lewis fell to 3-6 on the year. He gave up seven hits and six runs, five of them earned, in 2.2 innings pitched. He struck out two and did not issue a walk. Saba pitched the middle 3.1 innings. He scattered seven Buckeye hits, gave up two earned runs and struck out one. Graeme McFarland made his IU baseball debut on the mound in the seventh inning. McFarland, who is also a quarterback on the Hoosier football team, allowed one hit.
Bynum had a pair of hits for Indiana, which ran his hit streak to 12 consecutive games. The senior also raised his batting average to .417.
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