INDIANA BASEBALL RELEASE
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana baseball (34-15) used a six-run 10th inning to pick up a 9-5 road victory over the Louisville Cardinals on Tuesday night.
Indiana recorded 12 hits on the night including three for extra bases and three players earned multi-hit games. Junior Matt Lloyd was 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI in the win. Juniors Logan Kalethaand Ryan Fineman also had two hits, while freshman Cole Barr delivered the go-ahead RBI.
Sophomore Cam Beauchamp gave the Hoosiers a strong start on the mound, allowing three hits and one run over 5.2 innings with five strikeouts and a walk. Freshman Tommy Sommer picked up the win in relief.
Llloyd worked a leadoff walk in the fourth and advanced to second on a groundout by sophomore Matt Gorski. From there, Sowers hit a hard ball through the right side that resulted in an RBI double to give the Hoosiers a 1-0 lead.
Beauchamp exited the game with a runner on first with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Cardinals squeezed a single through the right side off of senior reliever B.J. Sabol to put runners on first and third. Josh Stowers then lined a single to left field to tie the game up at one.
After Saalfrank came in and forced a strikeout with the bases loaded, Indiana used that momentum to plate the go-ahead run in the eighth. With one out, Sowers was in an 0-2 count but managed to work a walk. After Miller had a hard-hit single to left, Fineman singled up the middle to score Sowers and give IU a 2-1 lead.
Following a three up, three down frame from Saalfrank, Indiana used some small ball to get insurance. Senior Laren Eustace led off with a bunt single and moved to second on an errant throw. After sophomore Jeremy Houston sacrificed Eustace over to third, Kaletha knocked an RBI single through the left side to make it a 3-1 game.
The Cardinals got the first guy on in the bottom of the ninth on a single up the middle. Ethan Stringer then hit a pinch-hit two-run home run to tie the contest up at three.
In the top of the 10th with a runner on first and two outs, freshman Drew Ashley worked a two-out walk to put runners on first and second. Barr pinch-hit for Eustace and on the first pitch, singled up the middle to score Miller from second to put IU ahead 4-3.
Then later in the inning, Houston walked to load the bases. Kaletha hit a ground ball to third, beat out the throw that was errant, which allowed two runs to score. From there, Lloyd hit a towering, three-run home run off the scoreboard to give the Hoosiers a 9-3 lead.
The Cardinals added a two-run home run in the home run, but Sommer was able to work through it as IU earned the 9-5 win.
Indiana is back in action this Thursday when it hosts Maryland at 7 p.m. on Big Ten Network.