IU Drops Game 1 of DH to Spartans, Game 2 Postponed

    Go Hoosiers!
    Go Hoosiers!

    Go Hoosiers!
    EAST LANSING, Mich. -- The Indiana baseball team fell to Michigan State, 15-9, in the first game of a doubleheader on Sunday at Kobs Field in East Lansing, but game two was suspended due to lightning in the area and will be finished on Monday.

    Michigan State scored in each of the first five innings on its way to the victory. IU scored four runs in the sixth and five in the seventh, and finished with 12 hits in the loss. The Hoosiers' record dropped to 23-23 overall and 7-15 in Big Ten play. MSU improved to 25-20 overall and 12-10 in league action.

    Seth Bynum, Joe Kemp, Kevin Mahar and Jay Brant all registered two hits in the contest. Corby Heckman hit home run No. 5 in the loss, while Kemp and Bynum both posted three RBI.

    IU starting pitcher Adam Pegg took the loss, and slipped to 3-3 on the year. The senior righthander pitched 3.2 innings and scattered 10 hits. He was responsible for six earned runs, walked one and struck out four. Dan Pezley finished the game for the Hoosiers. In 2.1 innings, he gave up six hits and eight runs, all of which were earned. Pezley walked three and struck out three.

    Michigan State starter Chris Toepper went the distance and improved to 3-2. Toepper allowed just three hits through five innings before the Hoosiers broke loose for nine in the final two frames. All nine of Indiana's runs were earned, and he struck out five and issued two walks.

    Cody Wargo led off the frame with a base hit to left, and with one away, Indiana reeled off three straight hits to get on the scoreboard. Brant got on base with an infield single, and Bynum's double to left field plated Wargo. Kemp kept the rally going with a single to right that scored both Brant and Bynum. After Heckman walked, Mahar drove a single up the middle to score Kemp and cut the score to 15-4.

    The Hoosiers continued the hit parade in the seventh. Pinch hitter Ryan Parker walked and Reggie Watson collected an infield single. David Hughes came through with a base hit to right, and sent Parker home. Bynum ripped a triple to bring in Watson and Hughes. Heckman's solo home run closed the book on Indiana's scoring.

    Alan Cattrysee led the Spartans at the plate with three hits, including his second home run in as many days, and three runs. Morris and Ryan Basham hurt the Hoosiers with the deep ball as both delivered grand slams in the Spartans' eight-run fourth inning.

    Game 2: Suspended on Sunday; Set to resume Monday at 1 p.m. (Eastern time)

    In game two, the Hoosiers struck quickly, putting up two runs in the top of the first. Watson started the game by driving a base hit into left-center. Watson came around to score on Brant's double, and Bynum followed with a single to left. Heckman walked to load the bases and Mahar singled home Brant to give IU a 2-0 lead. In the top of the third, the game was delayed due to lightning and rain in the area. After an hour and forty-five minutes, play resumed.

    Indiana pushed across a third run in the fifth. Joe Kemp reached on an error by the Spartan first baseman, and Heckman moved over to third base on Heckman's base hit to right. Mahar's sacrifice fly to right plated Kemp.

    In the sixth, the Spartans scored their first run of the game when Troy Krider scored on Gulick's sacrifice fly ball to the wall in center. The Hoosiers had just recorded the third out of the sixth inning, an appeal play at second when Morris failed to tag up before he advanced to third, when lightning was seen in the area. The game was called and the final inning with be played on Monday at 1 p.m. (Eastern time) with the series finale to follow.




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