Hoosiers win 3rd straight, top Louisville 9-5

It started with a pinch-hit RBI single.

Indiana’s fruitful 10th inning snowballed from there.

The Hoosiers plated six runs in the top half of the extra frame, escaping Louisville with a 9-5 victory in their final road contest of the regular season.

After enduring a rough 11-game stretch to start the month, IU suddenly seems to have regained their momentum approaching this weekend’s season-ending home series against Maryland.

The Hoosiers (34-15) have won three in a row after dropping five straight, securing a quality win over a regional rival.

IU lost leads of 1-0, 2-1 and 3-1 as Louisville (37-16) forced extra innings on Ethan Stringer’s two-run homer off Andrew Saalfrank in the bottom of the ninth.

But the Hoosiers pounced in extras, rallying for all six runs with two outs. Cole Barr’s pinch-hit RBI single started the onslaught before Cardinals shortstop Tyler Fitzgerald committed a two-run error. That kept the inning alive for Matt Lloyd, who smoked a three-run homer to right field to give IU further separation.

Lloyd, Logan Kaletha and Ryan Fineman each collected two hits for Indiana.

Lloyd and Logan Sowers each extended their hitting streaks to six games, with Sowers starting the scoring with a one-out RBI double in the top of the fourth.

Indiana received an outstanding start from Cameron Beauchamp, who limited the Cardinals to only one run on three hits across 5 2/3 innings.

The run scored after Beauchamp left the game in the bottom of the sixth, when Josh Stowers singled on the ninth pitch of his at-bat against B.J. Sabol to tie the game at 1-1.

Beauchamp threw 55 of his 82 pitches for strikes, notching five strikeouts with only one walk. He induced eight groundouts and retired nine in a row between the second and fifth innings.

Fineman broke the tie with a run-scoring single in the top of the eighth, driving in Sowers to give the Hoosiers a 2-1 lead. IU added what seemed like an insurance run in the ninth, when Kaletha slapped an RBI single to left field.

The run was very much needed once Stringer’s two-run shot tied the game in the bottom half. But the game didn’t go much longer once the Hoosiers rolled through the top of the 10th.

Louisville’s Danny Oriente added a two-run homer off Tommy Sommer in the bottom of the inning.

But for the Cardinals, it was too little, too late.

2 comments

  1. I agree Chet, hoping this is turning around. Early in the year with the strong showing against quality competition I thought a return to Omaha was possible. The B1G has not been a stellar performance, but much has been on the road against upper tier schools. Baseball wise the B1G is a relatively weak conference so a potential CWS team should dominate much in the fashion of IU’s last CWS team. The strong showing against Nebraska on the road was encouraging, they shouldn’t be too much of a factor at the B1G tournament in Omaha. If the neutral setting provides the boost IU needs against the upper tier teams, then they should win the tournament and get decent seeding for the NCAA.

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