The Hoosiers started the week off fast with a dismantling of rival Purdue and a series opening win over San Diego. Indiana scored 26 runs in those contests before the bats cooled off the rest of the week.
In the end it was a 2-2 split on the week for IU, and another busy slate looms as IU looks to get things going once again at the plate.
Indiana (8-5) will take a quick road trip on Tuesday before returning to Bart Kaufman Field for four more home contests later this week.
WEEK IN REVIEW
Indiana 17 Purdue 2
Things got off to a great start as the Hoosiers run ruled their rival on Wednesday at Bart Kaufman Field. A seven run IU bottom of the first, and then three more in the fourth and five in the fifth put the game far out of reach.
Cole Barr led the way for Indiana with three hits and three runs scored. Five Hoosiers had two hits on the day, including Jordan Fucci, who drove in five runs, and Jeremy Houston, who drove in three. Five Purdue errors, seven walks and three hit batsmen contributed to the chaos.
The Hoosiers sent five pitchers to the mound, all throwing two innings or less. Cal Krueger threw two scoreless innings and was credited with the win. David Platt threw two perfect innings.
While the students were in class, @IndianaBase scored 17‼️ runs in a midweek 17-2 victory vs the Boilermakers.
First Basemen Jordan Fucci contributed 5 of those going 2-4 with a double and 5 RBI 💥💥 pic.twitter.com/EFpPgiExyW
— Indiana On BTN (@IndianaOnBTN) March 4, 2020
Indiana vs. San Diego (Friday) — Cancelled
Indiana 9 San Diego 2
San Diego couldn’t keep IU off the bases as the Hoosiers compiled nine hits and eleven walks in the first game of a Saturday double header.
Cooper Trinkle had three hits and scored twice, Grant Richardson had two hits and drove in three while scoring twice, and Elijah Dunham also had two hits and scored twice.
Gabe Bierman started and delivered 6.1 steady innings for the win. The sophomore right hander gave up just one earned run while striking out five. Braden Scott pitched the rest of the game for the save. He allowed just one hit while striking out two.
San Diego 6 Indiana 2
The Indiana bats struggled in the Saturday nightcap, and a decisive three run top of the ninth by San Diego put this one out of reach.
Cooper Trinkle had two more hits for the Hoosiers. Jordan Fucci hit a home run, and Elijah Dunham had a hit and drove in a run.
Tommy Sommer got the start for Indiana and pitched three scoreless innings without surrendering a hit, striking out three and walking two. Matt Litwicki gave up an earned run in four innings of work, and the Toreros got to David Platt with a run in the 8th and three more in the ninth to put IU away.
San Diego 13 Indiana 5
San Diego jumped out to 5-0 lead and the Hoosiers could never recover as the runs kept coming for the Toreros.
Drew Ashley was 3-for-3 with a home run and he also walked. Collin Hopkins and Grant Richardson each had two hits. Ethan Vecrumba hit a triple to plate three in the ninth.
Brayden Tucker had a rough start for IU, allowing 10 hits and 4 earned runs in 4.2 innings of work. Connor Manous was the lone Hoosier reliever to emerge unscathed, throwing 1.2 shutout innings.
SEASON STATISTICAL LEADERS
Here are Indiana’s statistical leaders through 13 games:
WHAT’S ON DECK
The Hoosiers will take a quick trip down I-69 to Evansville before returning home for four more games this week.
- Tuesday, at Evansville, 7 p.m. ET.
- Wednesday, vs. Cincinnati, 4:05 p.m. ET.
- Friday, vs. Memphis, 4:05 p.m. ET.
- Saturday, vs. Memphis, 2:05 p.m. ET.
- Sunday, vs. Memphis, 12:05 p.m. ET.
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