Hoosiers drop finale, but take season-opening series at Stanford

Indiana would’ve liked a better result on Sunday, but couldn’t argue with the big picture of a season-opening series victory at Stanford.

The Hoosiers clinched the series with an extra-inning win on Saturday when they took advantage of two Cardinal errors in the 10th inning to earn the 4-3 win and the program’s first 2-0 start since 2005. On Friday night, IU opened the season with a 4-2 victory paced by a two-run homer by Casey Rodrigue and a career-high six innings from starter Scott Effross.

You can read Friday’s H-T recap by clicking here.
You can find Saturday’s H-t recap by clicking here.

Indiana answered a pair of one-run deficits in Sunday’s matinne before taking its first lead of the game at 3-2 with a two-run top of the seventh when Logan Sowers supplied an RBI double and scored moments later on a Nick Ramos sacrifice fly.

But the Hoosiers did themselves no favors in the bottom half of the inning when reliever Evan Bell walked leadoff man Bryce Carter and hit the next batter, Austin Barr. Carter tied the game on a sacrifice fly by Tommy Edman before the Cardinal went ahead on a two-out throwing error by IU third baseman Brian Wilhite.

Former Bloomington South standout Jake Kelzer made his first career start, working 4 1/3 innings, yielding two runs (both earned) no six hits. He walked one and struck out three.

The Hoosiers finished with five hits. They’ll return to action on Friday against Presbyterian College in the First Pitch Invitational at Greenville, S.C.

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