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Hoosier Baseball Report: IU Riding Four Game Winning Streak Into Home Opener

After salvaging the last game of a challenging season opening series at Louisiana State, IU returned south this past weekend and made a statement.

Playing at the South Alabama Tournament in Mobile, Ala., the Hoosiers swept the weekend competition and returned to Bloomington on a four game winning streak.  Entering the season with a completely new weekend starting rotation, it was the Hoosier pitching staff that led the way.  Meanwhile, junior left fielder Elijah Dunham continued his torrid start to the 2020 season.

Now, if the February weather cooperates, Indiana (4-2) will host their first game of the season on Wednesday before returning south to what should be more pleasant environs against a challenging slate of opponents this weekend.

WEEK IN REVIEW

Indiana 3  UT-Martin 2

Cole Barr got the weekend off to a good start with a home run to left field in the first inning to give IU the early lead.  Two unearned runs gave UT-Martin the lead in the fourth, but IU responded with two runs in the fifth and the Hoosier bullpen took care of the rest.

Starting pitcher Tommy Sommer was solid in five innings, giving up just four hits and two unearned runs.  Sommer struck out four and walked none.  Braden Scott and Connor Manous each pitched two scoreless innings of relief and combined for nine strikeouts.  Sommer recorded the win while Manous was credited with the save.

Elijah Dunham led the way for IU with three hits while three Hoosiers drove in a run and four recorded a stolen base.

Indiana 4  South Alabama 2

IU pushed across all the runs they would need in the top of the first.  Two walks and a single set up RBI opportunities for Jordan Fucci and Collin Hopkins as Indiana scored three runs in the opening frame.

Starter Gabe Bierman went 6.2 innings and struck out 11 while allowing no earned runs for the win.  Grant Sloan, Cal Krueger and McCade Brown all pitched in for a scoreless 2.1 innings from the bullpen.  Brown was credited with the save.

Elijah Dunham led IU once again with three hits, while Cole Barr added two.  Grant Richardson hit a solo homer.

Indiana 12  Siena 3

The Hoosier bats exploded for five runs in the third and four more in the fourth to put this one away early.  Indiana capitalized on 14 Siena walks to push across a season high 12 runs.

Starter Braydon Tucker hurled five shutout innings while allowing just three hits and one walk.  Tucker moved to 2-0 on the season with the win.  David Platt, Ty Bothwell and Matt Litwicki all produced at least an inning of shutout relief.

Elijah Dunham hit a three-run homer to right field and added two walks.  Drew Ashley had two hits and drove in two.  Jeremy Houston walked three times and scored twice.

SEASON STATISTICAL LEADERS

Here are Indiana’s statistical leaders through six games:

WHAT’S ON DECK

Indiana is scheduled to play their first game at Bart Kaufman Field this week if the weather cooperates.  The first pitch for IU and Butler is scheduled for 3:05 on Wednesday in Bloomington, but the forecast as of this writing is calling for temperatures in the 30’s and rain.  Stay tuned.

This weekend IU will travel to Greenville, N.C. for three games including two contests against ranked opponents:

  • Friday, No. 16 East Carolina (4:30 p.m. ET)
  • Saturday, High Point (12:00 p.m. ET)
  • Sunday, No. 15 Ole Miss (10:00 a.m. ET)

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