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The Hoosier Baseball Report: Indiana Gets Back to Winning Ways

It was almost the perfect response to being swept last weekend at Tennessee.

Almost.

Behind a huge week from Matt Gorski, Indiana won its first four games of the week and had the fifth and final game in hand going into the bottom of the ninth.

Unfortunately a late rally by No. 11 Coastal Carolina prevented IU from claiming a 5-0 week, but the Hoosiers still managed to recover nicely after a tough trip to Knoxville.

Gorski was 8 for 20 (.400) on the week with 3 homers and 9 runs batted in.

Indiana (6-5) returns to action on Tuesday at home against Indiana State.

WEEK IN REVIEW

Indiana 7  Cincinnati 1

The Hoosiers got things rolling with a strong effort against the Bearcats.  A 4-run third inning opened things up for IU, and a spot duty pitching staff held down the fort.

Gorski returned from injury and went 2 for 5 including a home run.  Cole Barr also had 2 hits and drove in two.  Matt Lloyd reached base 3 times with 2 walks and a hit.

Alex Franklin, Cal Krueger, Cam Beauchamp and Grant Sloan all contributed from the mound.  Krueger was credited with the win.  Collectively the group struck out 10 while allowing just 5 hits.

Indiana 9  Butler 3

The Hoosiers spotted the Bulldogs 2 early runs but then put up 9 of their own over the next 5 innings to cruise to a home win.

It was once again a Gorski homer that got things going.  His 3-run shot to left gave IU the lead for good.  Logan Kaletha was 2 for 5 with 2 RBIs, and Ryan Fineman delivered a 3-run double to right in the 7th to put the game out of reach.

Gabe Bierman got the start and pitched 4 strong innings.  He was credited with the win.  Andrew Saalfrank, Connor Manous and Braydon Tucker all pitched well out of the bullpen to hold down Butler.

Indiana 6  Northeastern 4

The Hoosiers traveled to South Carolina for the Coastal Carolina Tournament and wasted no time getting off to a good start.  Indiana scored their six runs in the first two innings and then cruised to victory.

Logan Kaletha had 2 hits and drove in 3 runs in those first two innings.  Gorski had 2 more hits in this one and scored and drove in a run as well.

Those six early runs were more than enough for staff ace Pauly Milto.  He went eight innings for the win, giving up 3 runs on 6 hits while striking out 7.

Indiana 9  No. 21 Connecticut 6

The Hoosiers fell behind early in this one.  With UConn leading 3-0 after 3 innings, the Hoosiers answered in dramatic fashion.  With 9 runs over the next 3 innings, Indiana delivered the knockout for their third straight win.

Gorski yet again led the way with two hits including a grand slam home run that put the game out of reach.  Drew Ashley and Jeremy Houston each had 2 hits.  Houston scored twice.  Wyatt Cross also homered.

Tanner Gordon got roughed up a bit early, but the Hoosier bullpen was able to do enough the rest of the way to pull out the win.  Grant Sloan was credited with the win.  Sloan, Krueger, Beachamp and Lloyd combined for 5 innings without giving up an earned run.

No. 11 Coastal Carolina 6  Indiana 5

The Hoosiers were 3 outs away from a perfect week.  After picking up 2 runs in the 7th and 1 more in the 8th, IU appeared to be in great shape.  Going into the bottom of the 9th up 5-3, IU gave up 3 runs including a walk-off 2-run single to end it.

Drew Ashley had a hit and drove in 2 runs.  Lloyd and Houston both had 2 hits.  Houston scored twice.  Gorski reached base 4 times with 3 walks and a hit.

Starter Tommy Sommer gave up 3 runs, 1 earned in 3 and 2/3 innings.  Krueger and Saalfrank combined for 4 scoreless innings.  Manous was tagged with the three runs in the 9th.

SEASON STATISTICAL LEADERS

Here are Indiana’s statistical leaders through 11 games:

WHAT’S ON DECK

Indiana returns to Bloomington to host Indiana State on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. at Bart Kaufman Field, weather pending.

Then Indiana will go back out on the road.  The Hoosiers will play three games in Seattle against Washington, Oregon State and San Diego on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

Oregon State is the defending national champion and is currently ranked in the Top 10.


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