IU Stumbles at U-M

    Go Hoosiers!
    Go Hoosiers!

    Go Hoosiers!
    ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Wrapping up its final road series of the season, the Indiana baseball team lost both ends of a doubleheader against Michigan at Ray Fisher Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

    The Hoosiers fell in the seven-inning opener, 8-5, and dropped the nine-inning nightcap, 9-4. On the season, IU falls to 25-27 (8-20 Big Ten), while U-M improves to 35-14 (14-11 Big Ten).

    Catcher Kyle Bohm put the Wolverines up 1-0 in the opening stanza of game one, delivering a blooper into center field to bring home center fielder Eric Rose.

    The score remained 1-0 into the third, where the Cream and Crimson gained its first advantage of the day on a two-run base hit by senior right fielder Joe Kemp. On the strength of two bases on balls and an error, the Hoosiers loaded the bases with two outs for Kemp, who knocked in senior catcher Kurt Weigle and junior center fielder Reggie Watson with a chopper through the right side of the infield.

    A walk to junior Ryan Parker ended U-M starter Paul Hammond's afternoon and reloaded the bases for senior third baseman Corby Heckman, but right-hander Derek Feldkamp (8-3) left the bags full after Heckman grounded into a fielder's choice.

    Michigan evened the contest at 2-2 in the home half of the inning with an unearned run as designated hitter Matt Butler singled home second baseman Christ Getz, who reached on an error.

    In the fourth, IU regained its lead with another two-RBI base knock, this time from Watson, to take a 4-2 advantage. Junior left fielder Zach Boswell walked to start the inning, and sophomore Michael Nilles singled to right to put runners on first and second. Weigle then laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt to move the duo up 90 feet, and two batters later, Watson moved Indiana ahead by a pair.

    Hoosier starter Josh Lewis (7-4) battled through the first four innings before departing with the bases loaded and nobody out in the fifth. The Wolverines proceeded to push across five runs, three of which were unearned on two errors, to go up 7-4 through five innings.

    Heckman crushed his second home run of the season to deep left field, making it 7-5 in the sixth, but Michigan responded with one of its own in the bottom half of the stanza for the final 8-5 margin.

    Feldkamp secured his eighth win of the season with 2 2/3 innings of work, while left-hander Clayton Richard pitched the final 1 2/3 innings for his fourth save on the campaign.

    Heckman finished the opener 2-for-3 with one RBI and one run, while Watson went 1-for-3 in addition to driving in one and scoring once.

    In the second game, the Hoosiers played some small ball to grab a 1-0 lead to kick off the contest. Junior center

    fielder Reggie Watson lined a rocket back through the box off Wolverine starter Drew Taylor, and junior second baseman Jay Brant reached on a bunt single. Following a sacrifice from senior right fielder Joe Kemp, junior first baseman Ryan Parker lifted a fly ball to the warning track in center field, bringing in Watson with the first tally of the ballgame.

    The lead was short-lived as Michigan put a seven-spot on the board with five hits in the bottom half of the stanza, highlighted by a two-run triple off the bat of third baseman A.J. Scheidt and a two-RBI double from right fielder Doug Pickens.

    Neither team could muster any offense over the next five innings as freshman southpaw Brad Davidson matched zeroes with Taylor in relief of Indiana starter Steve Nielsen (3-4). The Wolverines mounted the only scoring threat during the span, placing runners on second and third with one out, but Davidson shut the door, retiring Scheidt on strikes and shortstop Leif Mahler on a ground out.

    Entering the seventh, Taylor set down 18 of the next 20 Hoosiers he faced until senior third baseman Corby Heckman led off the stanza with a sinking liner to center field. Junior left fielder Zach Boswell followed with a towering drive to right field that cleared the right-field wall, good for his eighth home run this season and cutting the U-M advantage to 7-3.

    Kemp came home on an error by Scheidt, accounting for the final Hoosier run of the ballgame in the eighth, and first baseman Kyle Bohm closed out the scoring with a two-RBI single in the bottom half of the stanza for the final 9-4 margin.

    Davidson ended the afternoon tossing 6 2/3 masterful innings. The Novelty, Ohio, native held Michigan scoreless on six hits with three punchouts and zero walks.

    Taylor (3-2) threw 7 2/3 frames, allowing three earned runs while scattering seven hits. Closer Clayton Richard came in and went the final 1 1/3 innings for his second save on the day and his fifth of the season.

    Heckman added his second two-hit contest of the day, going 2-for-4 with one run, while Watson finished game two 2-for-3 with one run.




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