Indiana’s season ends with 5-3 loss to Radford

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A two-run top of the eighth inning boosted Radford to a 5-3 win in an elimination game at the Nashville Regional, ending Indiana’s season.

Shane Johnsonbaugh delivered the go-ahead run off IU closer Ryan Halstead with a one-out single in the eighth before Josh Reavis added an RBI sacrifice fly moments later.

Brian Wilhite and Nick Ramos each had two hits for the Hoosiers, who finished with six hits and weathered a rainy day of uneven pitching. IU hurlers hit four batters, walked four more and struck out 10

Caleb Baragar started, but lasted only three innings for Indiana. Baragar allowed the leadoff man to reach in each inning, beginning the game by yielding back-to-back doubles to Johnsonbaugh and Reavis, who drove in the former for Radford’s first run. Reavis came around on Patrick Marshall’s single to right-centerfield moments later.

Indiana didn’t get on the board until the fifth inning, but not before giving up another run. The Highlanders posted back-to-back singles against reliever Jake Kelzer to start the inning before Chris Coia scored on a one-out fielder’s choice off the bat of Patrick Marshall.

Rodrigue delivered a two-run single in the bottom half, lining a pitch from Radford starter Dylan Nelson into right field. Nelson was replaced later in the inning by Kyle Palmer, who allowed IU to tie the game at 3-3 on an errant pickoff throw to first. With runners on the corners, Palmer attempted to check on Rodrigue at first but threw the ball past the bag to let Brian Wilhite slide home safely.

The tie held for two full innings until Radford jumped on a pair of IU mistakes in the eighth. Thomas Belcher hit Brad Keen and committed a throwing error to put two on with one out. It happened after Belcher fielded a bunt and made a high, errant throw to first base. The toss pulled Austin Cangelosi off the bag, allowing Trevor Ross to reach safely.

IU coach Chris Lemonis called for Halstead, and the IU closer walked No. 9 hitter Chris Coia to load the bases before giving up an RBI single to right field to Johnsonbaugh. Reavis followed with a sacrifice fly, allowing Riggs to tag and score to put Radford ahead by two.

4 comments

  1. Congrats on a great season, baseball Hoosiers. Thanks for making the last few years so exciting, and looking forward to many more.

  2. Big Ten Baseball has two teams (Maryland & Illinois) in the Super Regionals. Baseball in the Big Ten is stronger than the people down south and on the west coast believe.

  3. Vandy 21 Radford 0. Kind of puts a perspective on things, however IU baseball is in a transition phase and had a nice season if they can build and move things in a positive direction. It seems like several IU sports programs have been in transition phases for years now.

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