After an encouraging come-from-behind win in Game 1 of the Big Ten/Big East Challenge, the Hoosiers dropped their second consecutive contest with a 9-5 loss at the hands of the Connecticut Huskies on Sunday. Matt Igel had his second consecutive poor start of the young season as he failed to record an out in the second inning before exiting with 6 earned runs to his credit. The sophomore left-hander's final line read 1 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 4 BB and 1 K, and he is now 0-2 with a 33.00 ERA, 11 walks and just 1 strikeout for the year. Needless to say, the Hoosiers were expecting and really need a lot more out of Igel this season.
Offensively, Micah Johnson, Josh Lyon and Tyler Rogers each recorded 2 hits, and Rogers drove in 2 and Lyon knocked home another. Strikeouts plagued the Hoosiers in this one as the team struck out a combined 11 times on Sunday, including 2 each for the top three hitters in the order (Brian Lambert, Micah Johnson and Jerrud Sabourin).
IU trailed 9-2 at one point, so it was at least encouraging to see the guys battle back to a certain extent. More than anything, the team needs to get more innings and stronger performances out of its starting pitchers. It's still very early in the season, though, so hopefully they can get things turned around.