IU Takes 1 of 2 From Michigan

    Go Hoosiers!
    Go Hoosiers!

    Go Hoosiers!
    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana baseball team won the first game of a doubleheader against Michigan, 4-1, but was edged in the nightcap, 2-1, on Saturday at Sembower Field. Indiana's record now sits at 24-26 overall and 8-18 in Big Ten Conference play. The Wolverines are 26-23 and 14-12 in the league.

    "They scored two runs in one inning in the second game, and they had a very good pitcher going," Indiana head coach Bob Morgan said. “(Jim Brauer) is one of the better ones in the league, and that was the difference. We just could not muster any offense. They got a couple of hits from their guys who are down in the order, and we just couldn't muster any more runs. The first game, I thought (Nick) Vitielliss threw a real good game for us. He gave us a chance to win. These games were just well played on both sides. When you see that, it ends up being a split."

    Game 1: Indiana 4, Michigan 1
    Spurred by senior Nick Vitielliss' first complete game of the season, Indiana snapped an eight-game losing streak by taking game one from Michigan, 4-1.

    Vitielliss improved to 5-3 on the season with the win. In nine innings, he scattered six Michigan hits, and allowed on earned run to go with three walks and three strikeouts.

    Joe Kemp was IU's first base runner when he drew a walk in the bottom of the second. After a double down the left field line by senior left fielder Kevin Mahar, Kemp came around to score on senior designated hitter Ryan Donley's ground out.

    The Wolverines scored to tie things up in the top of the fourth. Michigan drew consecutive walks from Vitielliss to start the frame. Vitielliss recorded a strikeout and then Adam Kunkel's double into the gap in left-center knocked in Kyle Bohm to make it 1-1. Vitielliss then got back-to back fly outs to get out of the inning.

    In the fifth, Donley broke the tie by leading off with a towering shot out of the park in left. It was his sixth home run of the season. Cody Wargo walked with one out, and Jay Brant reached first safely on an error by Michigan's pitcher with two outs. Senior shortstop Seth Bynum drove a base hit to left field, plating Wargo for the 3-1 lead.

    The Hoosiers added a fourth run in the sixth. Mahar reached on a fielder's choice, and moved to second base as Donley grounded out. Mahar came all the way home as Ryan Parker's pinch-hit resulted in an error by the Wolverine shortstop.

    Donley led the Hoosiers at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI.

    Michigan used four pitchers in an effort to hold Indiana. Paul Hammond started and went 6.1 innings. He gave up five hits and four runs, only two that were earned, while walking three and fanning four IU batters. Indiana handed Hammond his first loss of the season as his record went to 4-1. Dan Lentz, Ali Husain and Andrew Hess finished the game for Michigan.

    Game Two: Michigan 2, Indiana 1
    Michigan edged the Hoosiers in the nightcap, a game that featured just nine total hits.

    In the bottom of the first, leadoff hitter Reggie Watson reached base on balls, and then quickly took second with a steal. Second baseman Jay Brant poked a hit through the right side and Watson used his speed to scored the game's first run.

    Michigan did its damage in the third by collecting four of its five hits. The Wolverines got back-to-back singles from Leif Mahler and Brad Roblin, and Eric Rose sacrifice bunted both runners over. Matt Butler and Chris Getz delivered RBI singles to push the runs across.

    The Hoosiers stranded two runners on base in the third, and failed to capitalize after Kemp doubled with one out in the sixth.

    Sophomore righthander Josh Lewis started the game and took the loss for IU. Lewis worked the initial 5.1 innings and gave up five hits as his recorded slipped to 3-7. He walked four and recorded a pair of strikeouts. Senior Adam Pegg finished the final 1.2 innings. He gave up no hits and had a strikeout.

    Michigan starter Jim Brauer picked up the victory, moving his record to 5-3. Brauer allowed four hits in the complete game effort. He walked two and struck out four.

    "We have not been playing as good of defense as we needed to," Morgan said. "If you play good defense and your pitchers throw strikes, then you have a chance. Basically those things gave us a chance to win today. We played better today, and they were good ball games. We would have like to squeeze that last one out, it just didn't happen."

    Indiana and Michigan are set to complete their series on Sunday with a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. Indiana's eight seniors will be in honored prior to the first pitch of game one.




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