Hoosiers Drop Two to Wolverines
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana baseball team dropped both ends of a doubleheader to Michigan on Sunday in its home finale at Sembower Field on Sunday. Michigan pulled out a 6-3 victory in the opener, and defeated the Hoosiers, 16-4, in game two.
The Hoosiers' record now stands at 24-28 overall and 8-20 in Big Ten Conference games. Michigan is 28-23 and 16-12 in league games.
Michigan 6, Indiana 3
In game one, IU struck first, pushing across two runs in the bottom of the third. Center fielder Reggie Watson singled to left and stolen second base. Second baseman Jay Brant knocked an RBI to left to score Watson. Brant then scored on shortstop Seth Bynum's base hit to right.
Michigan scratched a run across in the fourth when Brandon Roberts walked, moved to second on A.J. Scheidt's single and then scored on an Indiana error by third baseman David Hughes. Hughes saved a second run from scoring when he caught a throw from Bynum and tagged Scheidt out at third before the run crossed home plate.
The Wolverines took the lead in the fifth, scoring three runs on five hits. Matt Butler singled to right and then Steve Nielsen came on to relieve IU starting pitcher Chris Behrens. Kyle Bohm doubled down the left field line, and Roberts' base hit through the right side scored Butler and Bohm. Jeff Kunkel hit a doubled to left-center, and Roberts came home to make it, 4-2.
IU responded with one run in the fifth. Joe Kemp singled through the left side, and drove home Brant, who had walked to get on base.
Michigan added two more runs in the top of the seventh, and held the Hoosiers in the bottom of the inning to seal the win.
Nielsen took the loss for the Hoosiers, and his record slipped to 3-4 on the season. The junior gave up four hits and two earned runs in one inning of work. Behrens pitched the first four innings of the game, and scattered five Michigan hits while walking two and striking out three. One of the two runs he gave up was earned. Adam Pegg finished the final two innings for IU, giving up three hits and two runs while recording one strikeout.
Derek Feldkamp earned the complete-game victory for the Wolverines, and evened his record at 5-5. He gave up six hits and all three Hoosier runs were earned. Feldkamp walked two and struck out seven.
Game 2: Michigan 16, Indiana 5
In game two, Indiana used a pair of solo home runs to take the lead. Bynum belted his ninth long ball of the season to left-center in the first inning, and Mahar blasted his 14th roundtripper of the season to left in the second for the 2-0 lead. Later in that frame, Cody Wargo drove in Ryan Donley, who singled to right to reach base, for the Hoosiers' third run.
The Wolverines put their first run on the scoreboard when Eric Rose nailed a home run out of the park in left. Michigan went on to score two more in the inning when Butler and Chris Getz hit back-to-back doubles. Bohm plated Getz with a single to left field.
The game remained tied until the top of the sixth when Michigan scored eight runs to take control. The Wolverines had six hits and capitalized on two Indiana errors in the frame.
The Hoosiers scored one run in the sixth as Mahar scored on a Ryan Parker base hit through the left side. The Wolverines threw up a five spot in the eighth, extending their lead to 16-4.
Indiana mustered one run in the bottom of the ninth, Wargo and Hughes both registered singles, and moved up on a passed ball. Bynum's groundout was enough to score Wargo for the 16-5 final.
Brian Lortz started the game and pitched 2.2 innings, scattering five hits and allowing three runs. Graeme McFarland replaced Lortz and worked the next 2.2 innings. McFarland allowed just four hits, but fell victim to IU's defensive lapses and was tagged with the loss, his first of the year (0-1). All five runs he gave up were unearned.
Mahar finished the day 3-for-6 with two runs scored, and Bynum was 3-for-7 with three RBI to pace the Hoosiers offensively.
Bynum, Behrens, Donley, Hughes, Mahar, Pegg, Wargo and Nick Vitielliss all compete in their final games at Sembower Field on Senior Day.
Indiana returns to action next weekend when it travels to West Lafayette, Ind., to face the Purdue Boilermakers in its regular season finale. First pitch of Friday's opener is set for 3 p.m. at Lambert Field.
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