It required extra innings, but behind 5 strong scoreless innings of relief from Ethan Wilson and a big game-tying home run from Micah Johnson, the Indiana baseball Hoosiers rallied from behind with 5 runs in the final 4 innings to overcome a 5-1 deficit against Bradley in picking up their sixth win of the season. Wilson relieved freshman starter Mike McKinley, who struggled to the tune of 5 runs and 3 walks in 2 innings of work, and pitched brilliantly over the next 5 frames, yielding just a single hit and 2 walks while striking out 3. Senior Chris Squires took the mound after Wilson and put forth 3 more scoreless of innings of baseball to record his first victory of the season.
Offensively, the Hoosiers cranked out 12 hits, including 2 a piece from Johnson, Jerrud Sabourin and Alex Dickerson, who also combined to drive home 4 of the team's 6 runs on the day. Freshman shortstop Michael Basil drove in the game-winning run with a base hit over second in the top of the tenth. It was his only hit of the day, but it was certainly a big one for the Hoosiers.
Fresh off of picking up Big Ten Co-Player of the Week Honors, Johnson continued his hot hitting ways as his game-tying home run was his fifth in the last eight days. Pretty impressive stuff from the young freshman. Equally as impressive thus far has been the performance of the infielder turned pitcher Wilson, who now has a 1.93 ERA in 9.1 innings of work (4 appearances) and is holding opponents to a meager .100 batting average.
Great win yesterday for the Hoosiers. Let's hope they can build some confidence from that effort, generate some momentum and string together a few victories heading into Big Ten play. After an off day today, IU will be back at it tomorrow with a 3pm ET tilt against Eastern Illinois.
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- Recap from IUHoosiers.com
- Recap from the Indiana Official Sports Report