IU baseball bests UT Martin

Indiana baseball opened a three-game set in Mobile, Ala., with a 3-2 win over UT Martin on Friday.

The Hoosiers (2-2) will next play No. 30 South Alabama at noon Saturday. They finish out the series noon Sunday with Siena.

IU had to juggle its lineup some Friday due to a late scratch of sophomore outfielder Grant Richardson. But the Hoosiers still had just enough offensive firepower, finishing with 11 hits on the day. Every IU starter notched at least one hit, including three from junior Elijah Dunham.

Junior Cole Barr opened the scoring in the top of the first with a solo home run. That early lead was held down by starting pitcher Tommy Sommer, who went six up, six down in the first two frames.

The junior hurler held that advantage until the bottom of the fourth, when the Skyhawks brought two unearned runs across.

IU stranded 12 runners on the day. But in the top of the fifth, the Hoosiers got what they needed. Sophomore Tyler Van Pelt notched an RBI single, and Jeremy Houston put IU ahead with a sacrifice fly. Sommer then retired the side in his final inning.

One lefty was relieved by another, Braden Scott, in the bottom of the sixth. Two UT Martin runners made it on, but Scott was able to strand them with an inning-ending strikeout. Scott finished with four Ks in two innings.

IU then turned to righty Connor Manous, who struck out all three in the bottom of the eighth. He had more trouble in the ninth, loading the bases with no out. But the redshirt junior battled back to record the save, striking out the final two Skyhawks. Sommer earned his first win of the season.

Freshman Ethan Vecrumba, an Edgewood alum, also registered his first collegiate hit during the contest.