IU Drops Pair to Ohio State
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana baseball team lost both ends of a doubleheader, 8-3, and 8-0 to Ohio State on Sunday at Sembower Field, and as a result suffered a four-game sweep to the Buckeyes. Indiana falls to 23-21 on the season and to 7-13 in the Big Ten, while Ohio State improves to 22-17 and 13-7 in league action.
"It was obviously a very frustrating weekend," IU coach Bob Morgan said. "We did not play well at all. We didn't pitch well, we didn't swing the bats and we didn't play defense, and when that happens you're not really giving yourself a chance, especially against a good ball club like Ohio State. Give Ohio State credit because they're a good team and they played well this weekend."
It marks the first time Indiana has been swept in a four-game Big Ten series since April 7-9, 2001, at Michigan. It is also the first time the Hoosiers have been winless in a four-game conference series at home since the 1986 when the Wolverines beat IU four straight games in Bloomington, May 19-21.
In game one, the Buckeyes jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first. Drew Anderson doubled to lead off the game. Mike Rabin sacrifice bunted him to third, but an errant flip to second baseman Jay Brant, who was covering first, from first baseman Joe Kemp saw Rabin safe, and Anderson came around to score. Steve Caravati hit a double to plate Rabin, and Jedidah Stephen's two-bagger sent Caravati home.
IU scratched across its first run of the game in the third. The Hoosiers loaded the bases with a fielder's choice from Ryan Parker, a single by Cody Wargo to left-center and a walk by Reggie Watson. Brant plated Parker with a ground ball out back to the pitcher to make it 3-1.
Ohio State scored four more runs in the fifth on three hits, two Indiana errors and a pair of walks. The Buckeyes executed a double steal and took advantage of a balk as well in the inning.
Paul Farinacci provided an insurance run for OSU in the top of the seventh when he knocked home Jedidah Stephen, who had singled to reach base.
Ohio State finished with 11 hits in the opener and limited IU to only five.
Hoosier rightfielder Ryan Donley hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning for the final 8-3 score. KevinMahar, who led off the inning with a base hit through the side, also scored on the long ball. Donley has now hit five homers this season.
Chris Behrens took the loss on the hill for Indiana, his record sliding to 0-3. The senior lefthander pitched the opening 4.2 innings and surrendered eight hits and seven runs, five of them earned. He walked two and struck out two.
In the game two, Ohio State gradually built up its lead in the 8-0 victory. The Buckeyes scored one run in the first, second and fourth inning, before pushing home three runs in the fifth. Indiana committed two of its six errors in that frame.
Ohio State added one run in the seventh and one run in the eighth for the 8-0 final.
Buckeye starter Jeffrey Carroll earned the win in six innings of work and moved to 3-2 on the season. Carroll gave up five Indiana hits and struck out two. Trey Fausnaugh finished the final three innings and secured his fourth save of the season. Fausnaugh allowed three hits and fanned three IU batters.
IU starting pitcher Brian Lortz suffered the loss and his record fell to 3-2 on the year. He pitched just two innings and gave up three hits, two runs and two walks. IU used four other pitchers in attempt to shut down the Buckeyes.
Indiana was out-hit 13-8, in the loss and left 11 runners on base. Mahar and Donley each contributed a pair of hits in the second game.
Indiana will look to rebound next weekend, May 8-10, when it travels to Michigan State for a four-game series, beginning on Saturday with a single game at 3 p.m.
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