Hoosiers bounce Aggies to advance to regional final

Indiana didn’t score a single run after the top of the first.

It turned out additional run support wasn’t needed.

A nine-run first inning propelled the second-seed Hoosiers to a 9-7 victory over third-seed Texas A&M in Sunday afternoon’s elimination game at the Austin Regional.

IU advances to tonight’s regional final against host Texas at approximately 9 p.m. The Hoosiers would need to win tonight and Monday to claim the regional championship, while Texas only needs to beat Indiana once to advance to next week’s Super Regional round.

Indiana’s first-inning eruption set a season high for most runs scored in a frame. The Hoosiers plated the nine runs on eight hits, chasing Aggies starter Kaylor Chafin after only one out.

Even that out produced a run.

Each of IU’s first five batters reached base, with Luke Miller, Matt Gorski and Logan Sowers stringing together three consecutive RBI singles. Ryan Fineman followed by driving in Gorski on a sacrifice fly before Scotty Bradley’s two-run homer made it a 6-0 Hoosier advantage.

Three batters later, Matt Lloyd delivered IU’s second home run of the inning, a three-run shot to left field.

Lloyd and Miller each finished 3-for-4 for Indiana.

As hot as the Hoosiers started Sunday’s action, Texas A&m spent the rest of the afternoon chipping away at IU’s big lead.

The Aggies out-hit the Hoosiers, 17-14, putting a scare into Indiana late in the contest. Indiana starter Cameron Beauchamp yielded 10 hits and five earned runs in 4 2/3 innings.

Texas A&M got two runs back in the bottom of the first on Chris Andritsos’ ground rule double before George Janca added a run-scoring single in the second.

The Aggies didn’t score again until the fifth, when Michael Helman doubled in a run and later scored, himself, on a sacrifice fly by Andritsos. Logan Foster’s RBI single off Tim Herrin in the seventh cut IU’s lead to three runs.

Texas A&M threatened in the eighth, leading Lloyd to move from first base to the mound. He took the ball with two outs and runners on first and second, working out of the jam by inducing a groundout to shortstop to end the threat.

The Aggies brought the winning run to the plate in the ninth after Will Frizzell’s one-out RBI single to left. But with runners on first and second, Allonte Wingate grounded into a 4-6-3 double play to end the game.

2 comments

  1. IU has a good, tough, resilient baseball team that is fun to watch and cheer for! GO Hoosiers!

  2. IU baseball gained some respectability and gave a solid representation of themselves. I still kinda parallel IU men’s baseball to IU ladies basketball as where they are with each program, currently.

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