The early season struggles at the plate vanished over the weekend after a 51-run onslaught in a four game series against Canisius at Bart Kaufman Field.
The Hoosiers also got quality starts from some new names and will now look to pull it all together in league action.
The week didn’t start out encouraging for Indiana, but by the time it was over, the Hoosiers were on a four-game winning streak and riding a wave of momentum that they will look to carry through to the beginning of Big Ten Play.
Indiana (11-8) takes a quick trip to Indiana State on Tuesday before returning home for a three-game series against Iowa.
WEEK IN REVIEW
Cincinnati 7 Indiana 5
The Hoosiers let one get away from them in the Queen City as a 4-1 lead turned into a 5-4 deficit after a four-run bottom of the sixth by the Bearcats.
Four different IU batters had multi-hit games with Matt Gorski leading the way with a 3-for-5 day. Drew Ashley, Tyler Van Pelt and Jeremy Houston each added two hits
Gabe Bierman was solid in the start, going five innings and giving up just three hits and 1 unearned run. Perhaps the unlikeliest of all relievers, Cal Krueger, let it slip away with that four run sixth inning. Connor Manous pitched a scoreless inning and then Grant Sloan was tagged for two runs in the eighth that sealed it.
Indiana 18 Canisius 6
The Hoosier bats exploded out of the gate with six runs in the bottom of the first and IU never looked back on a frigid afternoon at Bart Kaufman Field.
After falling behind 1-0 in the first, Indiana took advantage of several Canisius miscues in the bottom half including an error and two hits batters. It was a big day for Gorski, Ryan Fineman and Grant Richardson. Gorski had four hits, while Fineman and Richardson had three apiece including home for each of them. Sam Crail and Jeremy Houston also both drove in two runs.
Starter Pauly Milto (4-1) wasn’t as sharp as usual, but he picked up his fourth win of the season, giving up eight hits and four earned runs over six innings of work. Braden Scott threw two perfect innings of relief, striking out two.
Indiana 5 Canisius 2
The hits kept coming for IU, as the Hoosiers accumulated 15 more knocks and remained hot at the plate despite the cold temps on Saturday afternoon.
Matt Lloyd reached base five times, going 4-for-4 at the plate and drawing a walk. Lloyd’s day included two home runs, both to right-centerfield. Sam Crail picked up three hits while Fineman and Van Pelt had two apiece.
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Starter Tanner Gordon picked up his first win of the year, pitching eight innings and giving up just four hits and one run while striking out 10. Connor Manous closed things out in the ninth.
Indiana 16 Canisius 5
Once again the Hoosiers got things rolling in the first inning of the second game of a Saturday double header. Indiana posted three runs in the bottom of the first and eight more in the third as IU remained red hot from the plate and cruised to a third straight win.
Gorski, Fineman and Crail continued their big weeks with two hits apiece. Gorski and Fineman both homered on the day. Crail drove in three runs while Gorski added two. Four different Hoosiers touched home plate three times.
Starter Alex Franklin threw three shutout innings and picked up the win. Cam Beauchamp and Matt Litwicki closed things out for Indiana.
Indiana 12 Canisius 1
Indiana capped off the weekend with 12 more runs as they completed the four-game series sweep. Indiana accumulated 51 runs for the series against Canisius. Once again, this one was over early, as Indiana was out to an 11-1 lead by the bottom of the third.
Ashley had two hits and drove in four while scoring three times. Fineman also had two hits and drove in three while scoring twice. Richardson and Cole Barr also delivered two hits. Ashley, Fineman and Barr all hit home runs in the scoring outburst.
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Starter Andrew Saalfrank was the story of this game. In seven innings of work, he stuck out 14 of the 25 batters he faced. Saalfrank gave up five hits and one earned run on his way to his first win of the season. It was the most strikeouts by an IU starter since 2000. Krueger was able to make up for his early week struggles with two shutout innings of relief.
INDIANA STATISTICAL LEADERS
Here are IU’s leaders through 19 games:
WHAT’S ON DECK
The Hoosiers will play four games this week as they travel to Indiana State for a Tuesday game and then return home to open Big Ten play against Iowa.
- Tuesday, at Indiana State, 4:00 p.m.
- Friday, vs. Iowa, 6:05 p.m.
- Saturday, vs. Iowa, 2:05 p.m.
- Sunday, vs. Iowa, 1:05 p.m.
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