Coming off a big come-from-behind win over Bradley on Tuesday, IU picked up victories on consecutive days with a 9-6 win over Eastern Illinois (click here for the box score) on Thursday and a 11-5 win over UMBC (click here for the box score) this afternoon to move their season record to 8-9 with one game left on this spring break swing before heading back to Bloomington. The Hoosiers have now won 3 in a row and are 4-1 in the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational.
Jerrud Sabourin took home the "game ball" in this one as the junior threw 5 innings on the mound to pick up the win and go along with his 4 hits at the plate. Freshman Micah Johnson helped the cause with a pair of hits, including his 6th home run of the year, and 3 runs batted in, while left-fielder Alex Dickerson chipped in with a pair of hits, a home run (his 7th) and 3 RBI as well. Outside of this trio, only two other Hoosiers (T.C. Knipp and Sterling Mack) recorded hits. Chris Squires came on in the 9th and shut the door on the Panthers with a scoreless inning and 2 strikeouts to pick up his 4th save of the year.
Freshman Walker Stadler got the nod on the mound and threw 5 innings of 3 run baseball with 7 strikeouts and 3 walks to pick up his second career victory. The three-headed monster of Johnson, Sabourin and Dickerson continued their hot-hitting ways as the trio combined to go 8-13 with 6 runs and 8 runs batted in. Johnson recorded a triple and stole 2 bases, Sabourin cranked out a double and Dickerson hit his 8th home run of the season. Other Hoosiers got into the act in this one as well as the team for 17 hits on the afternoon. Freshman shortstop Michael Basil went 3-3 with 2 doubles and drove in 2, and second baseman Tyler Rogers had a pair of hits as well. I don't think UMBC was exactly a high-quality opponent, but it was good to see IU take care of business today nevertheless.
IU concludes its week in Florida tomorrow with a 11am tilt against Akron at Warner University in Lake Wales, Florida. I haven't seen anything official to this point, but I would imagine that Drew Leininger will be on the mound. Hopefully the Hoosiers can make it 4 in a row.