Indiana's Grant Richardson. Credit - IU Athletics

Hoosier Baseball Report: IU Continues Strong Early Play | Readies for First Home Stand

The Indiana baseball team spent the weekend in Greenville, N.C. and showed once again on this early season that they are a relevant team nationally despite major roster turnover.

After the local weather caused a cancellation of the home opener, the Hoosiers stretched their winning streak to six games on Saturday before dropping the weekend finale.

Now back in Bloomington, Indiana (6-3) will give it a go at home once again with five games on tap this week at Bart Kaufman Field including their first against a Big Ten foe.

WEEK IN REVIEW

Butler at Indiana (Cancelled)

Indiana 11  No. 17 East Carolina 5

Indiana picked up a third win over a ranked foe with a convincing victory at the Keith LeClair Classic over host school East Carolina.  The Hoosiers scored six times in the first three innings and got some strong work from the bullpen.

First baseman Jordan Fucci had three hits and drove in three.  He got the scoring started with a two-run double in the first.  After ECU took a 3-2 lead, Grant Richardson hit a two-run homer, and then Hunter Jessee followed that with a two-run double.  Drew Ashley also homered and had three RBIs.

Gabe Bierman was choppy in the start, allowing six hits and five runs, only two of which were earned.  He struck out six in four innings of work.  Braden Scott hurled four shutout innings of relief, striking out seven along the way and earning the win.

Indiana 5  High Point 1

Indiana starter Tommy Sommer was dialed in, and eleven Hoosier hits were more than enough for IU’s sixth straight win.

Jordan Fucci delivered two more hits and drove in two.  Grant Richardson had three hits and scored a run.  Elijah Dunham had a hit, two walks and two RBIs.

Sommer (2-1) nearly went the distance, going 8.2 innings while allowing five hits, three walks and striking out five.  Connor Manous got the last out to earn the save.

No. 13 Ole Miss 9  Indiana 5

Indiana didn’t come home unscathed as No. 13 Ole Miss scored early and often on Sunday.  After falling behind 3-0, the Hoosiers rallied to tie the game at 5, but the hits kept coming for the Rebels, including three home runs on the day.

Grant Richardson and Elijah Dunham both had two hits on the day.  Cooper Trinkle had a hit a drove in two runs to tie the game at five.

Sunday starter Braydon Tucker had his first rough outing of the season, giving up six hits, two walks and five earned runs in four innings.  David Platt was able to deliver two scoreless innings out of the bullpen, but the Rebels tagged McCade Brown for the deciding four runs in the seventh inning.

SEASON STATISTICAL LEADERS

Here are Indiana’s statistical leaders through nine games:

WHAT’S ON DECK

The weather appears ready to cooperate for Indiana to try again to play their first game at Bart Kaufman Field this season.  In total the Hoosiers are scheduled to play five at home this week, including a rivalry matchup with Purdue and a four game series with San Diego.

All games are in Bloomington and can be viewed on BTN Plus.

  • Wednesday, vs. Purdue, 3:05 p.m. ET.
  • Friday, vs. San Diego, 4:05 p.m. ET.
  • Saturday, vs. San Diego, 2:05 p.m. ET.
  • Saturday, vs. San Diego, 5:05 p.m. ET.
  • Sunday, vs. San Diego, 12:05 p.m. ET.

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