ICYMI: Indiana falls to Utah, Oregon State in Arizona

Didn’t have a chance to put this up yet, but after beating Washington in its first game at the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge in Surprise, Ariz., Indiana fell to both Utah and Oregon State. The Hoosiers lost to the Utes in 15 innings on Saturday night on a two-run single by Utah’s Cody Hunt and then lost to the Beavers 8-1 on Sunday. Indiana falls to 2-5. The releases from both games follow.

Oregon State 8, Indiana 1

SURPRISE, Ariz. – Indiana Baseball dropped its weekend finale against #1 Oregon State (5-2) by a final score of 8-1 in a top-10 match-up. A quality start from LHPWill Coursen-Carr (6.2 IP, 2 ER) went to waste when a slew of unearned runs came across for the Beavers in a 6-run seventh inning.

Coursen-Carr got Indiana (2-5) out of a bases-loaded no-out jam in the second stanza. It started with a chopper to Dustin DeMuth at third. The senior quickly stepped on the bag and fired home to nab the two lead runners. Coursen-Carr came right back with a backwards K, ringing up Nick Rulli for the third out.

Sam Travis stroked a lead-off double in the fourth frame. Scott Donley then slapped a single into shallow center field to place Hoosiers on the corners. DeMuth fell behind 0-2 before battling back for a full-count, a pitch he pulled through the right side of the infield for a 1-0 Hoosier lead.

Oregon State answered in the home half, however, plating a pair to go ahead for good. The 2-1 score remained until a disastrous seventh inning. It all started when the lead-off batter reached on an error. The Beavers took advantage of the defensive gaffe and buried IU with six runs in the inning, all unearned.

OSU starting pitcher Scott Schultz went the distance, tossing 95 pitches in a 1-run complete game. He scattered six hits and walked none while fanning six to earn the win.

Sophomore reliever Sullivan Stadler worked the ninth, posting another scoreless inning. In three career appearances, Stadler has posted a goose egg each time.

Utah 5, Indiana 4

SURPRISE, Ariz. – Indiana and Utah exchanged blows for 15 rounds Saturday before the final knockout punch came in the bottom of the 15th inning on Cory Hunt’s second two-out RBI-single in extra innings. The Utes (3-3) escaped with a 5-4 tally over #10 IU (2-4) for the Pac-12’s first win of the 2014 Pac-12/Big Ten Challenge.

A see-saw battle included five lead changes with neither team owning a lead of more than a lone run at any point. While Indiana used eight pitchers, a pair of Utah hurlers combined to work 13.2 of the 15 innings. The Utes received a 6.2-inning start from Tanner Banks and a complete seven frames of relief from Nick Green.

Tim O’Conner and Nick Ramos drove in runs in the fifth and seventh innings, respectively, giving IU its first lead of the night overcoming an early 1-0 deficit. Ramos’ run-scoring triple was counterpunched by a two-run home half for Utah, both of which were unearned.

Superb baserunning from Casey Rodrigue in the subsequent half inning pulled Indiana back even at three runs apiece. The Louisiana native led off with a single, moved from first to third on a blistered single up the middle and then touched home on a chopper back to the pitcher.

Utah threatened a walk-off winner for the first time in the bottom of the ninth. Tyler Yagi poked a two-out single and took off for second base on the very next pitch. Kyle Schwarber came up firing though and gunned him down to send it into extra innings.

The Hoosiers were the first to strike in bonus baseball, taking advantage of two Utes errors for a run in the top of the 13th frame. Utah continued its sac bunt extravaganza in the home half, however, utilizing one of its seven sac bunts on the day to set up the tying run in scoring position. Down to their last strike, Hunt tallied his first hit of the season, a game-extending RBI-single.

After Indiana failed to capitalize on a lead-off triple from freshman Craig Dedelow in the 14th, the Utes went back to small ball in the 15th. It was déjà vu all over again as Hunt delivered another two-out RBI for the walk-off winner.

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