Hoosier Baseball Report: IU Bats Finish Off the Week in Style

A frustrating start gave way to an offensive explosion as Indiana earned a split on the week and continued its strong start in the Big Ten.

After dropping an error-filled midweek contest to Kent State, and falling victim to a strong pitching performance on Friday, IU’s eight game winning streak was fading fast.

A 39 run outburst on Saturday and Sunday changed all of that, and now the Hoosiers will look to keep their newfound momentum going at Bart Kaufman Field this week.

Indiana (17-10, 5-1) will spend the week in Bloomington as Big Ten play continues.

WEEK IN REVIEW

Kent State 9 Indiana 8

Six errors was more than Indiana could overcome in a frustrating loss in Bloomington.  Five different Hoosiers had miscues, and just four of IU’s nine runs were earned.  The problems extended into extra innings as a wild pitch would allow the game winning run to score for Kent State in the top of the 12th.

Matt Lloyd, Elijah Dunham, Cole Barr and Wyatt Cross all homered in this one for IU.  The Lloyd and Dunham homers in the eighth forced extra innings, and Cross’ two run shot in the 11th kept IU alive.  Tyler Van Pelt also had two hits for Indiana.

An amazing nine pitchers saw the mound for IU.  Gabe Bierman was particularly strong on the hill with three hitless innings and five strikeouts.  Lloyd also threw two shutout innings.  IU pitchers had 13 strikeouts and 12 walks on the day.

Maryland 2  Indiana 0

Terrapin starter Hunter Parsens had IU’s number throughout the Friday opener to a three game set in College Park.  Indiana had just two hits for the game and Parsens was perfect through four.  IU was able to get men on base from the fifth inning on, but they were never able to manufacture a run.  Ryan Fineman and Barr had the only hits for IU.

Pauly Milto was the tough luck loser in this one.  The Hoosier ace went six and a third, giving up two runs on six hits while striking out eight.  Connor Manous went the rest of the way and held Maryland without a hit.

Indiana 20 Maryland 5

After a frustrating start to the week, the Hoosier bats erupted on Saturday.  A four run top of the first would only be the beginning, as IU had 18 runs through five innings.

Indiana had an incredible nine homers on the day, including three by Grant Richardson and two by Matt Lloyd and Scotty Bradley.  The true freshman Richardson had a monstrous day, going 5-for-6 with the three homers and six RBIs.  He included a grand slam in his massive afternoon.

Starter Tanner Gordon had all the support he needed in this one as he put together a third straight strong outing.  Gordon went seven innings giving up just three hits and one earned run while striking out five.

Indiana 19 Maryland 4

The scoring outburst continued on Sunday as IU took the series and improved to 5-1 in the Big Ten.  Once again, IU put the game away early with 10 runs in the first three innings.

Lloyd beat Maryland by himself with three hits and seven RBIs.  He had two more home runs in this one.  Drew Ashley had the unusual stat line of having just one hit but scoring five times and also driving in five runs.  His day included a three run homer.  Scotty Bradley had four hits including a home run and he drove in three runs.

Lost in all of the fireworks at the plate was a strong start from Andrew Saalfrank.  The Hoosier lefthander went six innings, giving up just two runs and five hits while striking out 11.  He improved to 2-1 on the season.

INDIANA STATISTICAL LEADERS

Here are IU’s statistical leaders through 27 games:

WHAT’S ON DECK

IU will spend the week in Bloomington with what looks to be some pretty good baseball weather at the Bart.

  • April 3 – vs. Wright State, 4:05 p.m.
  • April 5 – vs. Penn State, 6:05 p.m.
  • April 6 – vs. Penn State, 2:05 p.m.
  • April 7 – vs. Penn State, 1:05 p.m.

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