IU baseball suffered their first setback at the Lexington NCAA Regional on Sunday evening at Kentucky Proud Park.
After finding victory earlier today versus West Virginia, Kentucky knocked off Indiana 16-6 in the second meeting between the two teams this weekend.
They’ll now meet again on Monday in a winner-take-all Regional final.
Kentucky proved themselves worthy of the No. 1 seed tonight, tallying 16 runs off of 14 hits. The IU offense struggled to keep up, as they fell behind early 4-0 in the 2nd, and were unable to find a lead the rest of the way.
IU went deep into the bullpen, and the Hoosiers were unable to find a reliable pitcher throughout the game. Ben Seiler started for the Hoosiers, but was pulled after giving up four runs in the 2nd.
Ethan Phillips, Luke Hayden, Cooper Hellman, and Adrian Vega all saw action as well, but were unable to avoid multiple earned runs.
After it was announced that IU freshman Tyler Cerny would be unavailable due to a suspension, sophomore Evan Goforth filled in well from the plate, producing a 2-of-4 night with a solo homerun and two RBIs. Carter Mathison shared a similar stat line, with a solo shot in the 4th and a 3-of-4 night at the dish.
Indiana has not yet lost a chance at a NCAA Super Regional bid.
Because of their 2-0 start in Lexington, Indiana has another shot to defeat Kentucky tomorrow at 6 p.m. ET
Moving on would mark Indiana’s first Super Regional appearance since 2013.