Indiana Struggles in Twinbill
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - On a picturesque day at Sembower Field, the Indiana baseball team dropped a pair of games to Purdue on Saturday afternoon. The Hoosiers lost the opener, 6-1, and fell short in game two, 2-0. Overall, IU is now 25-30 (8-23) on the season, while Purdue moves to 25-27 (17-10 Big Ten).
Indiana starter Matt Saba and Boilermaker reliever Trae Dauby matched zeroes through six innings in game two before Purdue came up with a pair of two-out tallies in the seventh. With runners on first and second, second baseman Eric Osborn doubled into the right-center field gap to plate pinch runner John Phegley with the first run of the ballgame.
Right-hander Joe Trucchio then struck out pinch hitter Matt Bush, but the ball got away from senior catcher Kurt Weigle, allowing catcher Spencer Ingaldson to come home with the final run of the contest.
Chris Toneguzzi relieved Dauby following a single by sophomore third baseman Michael Nilles and retired the final two batters, earning his second save of the series and his sixth this season.
Saba (5-2) was dominant for the Cream and Crimson, going six innings, the second-longest outing of his career, and giving up only one earned run on four hits with no bases on balls and one strike out. He also was flawless in the field, keeping the game scoreless in the second when he fielded a bunt and flipped the ball to Weigle, who tagged out designated hitter John Hunter at the plate.
However, Dauby (2-4) stepped up in relief of starter Brent Coudron, who was knocked out after 1 1/3 innings. The righty went five frames and held IU to no runs and three hits in addition to punching out three and walking one.
Indiana's best chance to score came as Coudron left the game in the second inning as junior left fielder Zach Boswell and junior designated hitter Ryan Parker hit back-to-back singles to open the stanza. Nilles sacrificed the runners up to second and third, but Boswell was thrown out at the plate on a ground ball to first baseman Eric Wolfe by Weigle, and after freshman shortstop David Trager walked, junior center fielder Reggie Watson lined out to right field with the bases loaded to end the threat.
Nilles recorded two of the six Hoosier hits and finished game two 2-for-2.
In the opener, the Boilermakers collected a pair of runs in the first and added one more in the fourth before the Cream and Crimson got on the board. After Purdue starter Mitch Pruemer set the first nine batters down in order, junior center fielder Reggie Watson singled up the middle to open the inning.
Junior left fielder Jay Brant followed with an infield single, and he and Watson moved up 90 feet on a throwing error by third baseman Dane Wolfe. Two batters later, senior third baseman Heckman grounded out to short, letting Watson scamper home with the lone Hoosier run.
The Boilermakers plated two more runs in the sixth off Brian Lortz (2-8) when designated hitter John Hunter homered to left field and second baseman Eric Osborn hit a sacrifice fly, and tacked on an insurance tally in the seventh on a base knock from Hunter for the final 6-1 margin.
Pruemer (6-5) went the distance, holding IU without an earned run while scattering five hits with one walk and nine strikeouts.
Heckman (1 RBI) and Watson (1 run) each went 1-for-3, while freshmen Brad Udoff and Arden McWilliams each picked up pinch-hit singles.
The Hoosiers close out the series and the regular season at 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoon at Sembower Field. Prior to Sunday's ballgame, seniors Corby Heckman, Joe Kemp, Brian Lortz, Steve Nielsen, Dan Pezley and Kurt Weigle will be recognized for their contributions to the Indiana baseball program.
In addition, Indiana football head coach Terry Hoeppner will sing 'Take Me Out To The Ballgame' during the seventh-inning stretch.
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