Due to a rainy day in Bloomington, the IU/Chicago State game was called after 5 innings. Luckily for the Hoosiers (9-15), they got the bats going early with 4 runs in the 1st and 5 runs in the 2nd and never relinquished the lead. Matt Bashore, the Hoosier starter, worked in limited innings so as to remain fresh for the upcoming conference weekend series at Illinois. Fortunately for him, however, his 3 innings gave him just enough to get the win in the 5-inning game. This win is hopefully the first of a long string for Bashore as he improved his record to 1-3.
The Hoosier bats were hot as they combined for 11 hits at the plate. Even more impressive, however, is that 12 different Hoosiers reached first base in only 4 innings (we did not bat in the bottom of the 5th). Kipp Schutz (1-1, BB, 2 runs) and Tyler Rogers (2-3, 2 RBI) each homered for IU. Jake Dunning and Jerrud Sabourin also had 2 hits apiece. In his first Hoosier at bat, freshman Matt Serfling also came up big with his first collegiate hit.
Regardless of who the win was against, it was nice to see IU put up very solid offensive numbers, and it was great to see Bashore look like the first team All-Big Ten player that he is. Hopefully this momentum will carry over to tomorrow's game against Cincinnati and into the weekend series vs. Illinois. Check out the IDS for a couple good post-game quotes. Also, if you are interested, check out the articles on Phegley and Arnett.
Next game: 4/1 at 6:30pm EST vs. Cincinnati (13-10) at Marge Schott Stadium in Cincinnati, OH.
Projected Starters: IU - LHP Drew Leininger (0-1, 7.50) vs. UC - LHP Kevin Johnson (2-0, 6.39); Cincinnati Quick Stat: .284 Team BA