This 16-4 victory vs. Cincinnati was a great team win as 6 pitchers saw the mound and combined to allow only 2 earned runs through 9 innings, and 10 Hoosiers had at least 1 hit. Unfortunately for the Hoosiers (10-15), there was some bad news on the day from a defensive standpoint as IU committed 3 infield errors on the day. The IU defense will have to limit errors moving forward, but fortunately the offense and pitching more than compensated today.
The offense was led by Jake Dunning with 5 hits on the day to increase his batting average to an impressive .373. Sabourin (3-6, 3 runs, 3 RBI) and Rogers (2-5, 3 RBI) each banged out a homer while Dickerson had 3 hits and Crawford, Gonzalez, and Phegley each had 2.
As a said before, 6 Hoosiers saw action on the mound only allowing a combined 2 earned runs. Starter Leininger only allowed 1 earned run in 2 innings, O'Gara limited Cincinnati to 2 hits while striking out 3 in 3 innings, Leiendecker induced a groundout in .1 innings pitched, Carr only allowed 1 hit while striking out 2 in 1.2 innings, Squires pitched a no-hit 8th, and Phegley (yes, our preseason All-American catcher Josh Phegley) pitched a 3 up, 3 down 9th striking out 1. Based on our pitching-by-committee approach this week, it does appear Coach Smith is saving our arms to strengthen the bullpen for the upcoming tilt against the Illini.
This win gives IU a 3-game win streak. Let's keep the momentum going into this weekend. Go Hoosiers! Crush the Illini!