Offense was the name of the game as the Hoosiers fell 28-17 to Northern Iowa Monday afternoon. As would be expected in such a high scoring affair, several Hoosiers put up impressive offensive performances. IU was led by Josh Phegley, who hit his fifth homerun of the season and drove in four, and Kipp Schutz, who had three hits and a grand slam.
The most troubling statistics were actually those posted by Jerrud Sabourin and Dylan Swift on the mound and not at the plate. Sabourin (who regularly plays first base) and Swift (a backup catcher) combined to throw 3 innings in relief and only gave up 2 hits and 2 runs. Before the season began, Coach Tracy Smith expressed that the bullpen could be one of IU’s biggest weaknesses this season, and that unfortunately held true today. When a first baseman and a backup catcher throw your best innings in relief, that is definitely cause for concern. Any time you score 17 runs, you should definitely come away with a victory. The team has really been swinging the bats well of late, so hopefully they can put it all together tomorrow and get things back on track against Eastern Illinois.
Next game: 3/17 (tomorrow) at 10am EST vs. Eastern Illinois (9-4) at Lakeland’s Henley Field.
Projected Starter: Chris Squires (1-0)