Hoosiers Drop Series Opener
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Right-hander Josh Lewis allowed only two earned runs and secured his first complete game of the season, but it was not enough as the Indiana baseball dropped its series opener to Purdue, 5-1, on Friday afternoon at Sembower Field. The Hoosiers fall to 25-28 on the season (8-21 Big Ten), while the Boilermakers improve to 23-27 overall (15-10 Big Ten).
Behind three unearned runs in the fourth and two runs in the seventh, Purdue took a 5-0 lead into the bottom of the ninth before the Hoosier bats attempted to rally. With one down, junior first baseman Ryan Parker singled, and junior designated hitter Zach Boswell doubled into right field to put runners on second and third. Senior third baseman Corby Heckman followed with a base knock to right, driving home Parker for the first and only IU run.
An infield single by second baseman Josh Richardson loaded the bases and knocked out Boilermaker starter Scott Byrnes, but reliever Chris Toneguzzi was able to retire pinch hitter Michael Nilles and freshman shortstop Tyler Cox to close out the ballgame and pick up his fifth save.
Byrnes (6-4) outdueled Lewis (7-5) in a brilliant pitching match up, going 8 1/3 innings and holding Indiana to seven hits with four strikeouts and one walk. Lewis went the distance and scattered 11 hits in addition to punching out six and walking three.
Before the ninth inning, the Cream and Crimson could only muster one threat, filling the bases with two outs in the third. However, Byrnes was able to retire Parker on a fly out to right field to escape the jam.
Lewis got out of trouble the first couple of innings to keep IU in the contest. The first three Boilermakers reached base to start the game, but Lewis struck out designated hitter John Hunter and turned Spencer Ingaldson's comebacker into a 1-2-3, inning-ending double play.
In the following inning, second baseman Eric Osborn tested the arm of junior left fielder Jay Brant and lost, keeping it scoreless. Osborn tried to come home on a base hit by third baseman Dane Wolfe, but Brant made a perfect relay throw to Heckman, who threw a strike to senior catcher Kurt Weigle. Weigle applied the tag and easily retired Osborn at the plate.
Heckman finished the afternoon 2-for-4 with the lone Hoosier RBI.
The teams return to action with a doubleheader tomorrow afternoon beginning at 1 p.m. On Sunday, first pitch for the series finale is set for 1 p.m. At Sunday's game, the senior class will be honored before the game, and Indiana head football coach Terry Hoeppner will sing `Take Me Out To The Ballgame' during the seventh-inning stretch.
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