Down 4-1 heading into the bottom of the 6th, Indiana scored 1 in the bottom half of the inning and then three more in the 7th to win 5-4 (click here for the box score and click here for the recap from IUHoosiers.com) over NAIA opponent Taylor University (18-4) on Saturday afternoon at Sembower Field in Bloomington. The win was IU's sixth in the last seven games and moves the Hoosier's overall season record to 12-10. Chris Squires picked up the win in relief as he tossed 3 innings of scoreless baseball behind 1.2 innings of shutout baseball from Matt Igel, who relieved starter Mike McKinley in the 5th. The win was Squires' second of the year, and he is now 2-1 with 4 saves, a 2.65 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 17 innings pitched in 2010.
It was a rather light-hitting day at the plate for the Hoosiers on Saturday as IU connected for just 7 hits for the game. As has come to be expected, Alex Dickerson had another big day offensively. He blasted his 10th home run of the year and had 3 hits and 2 runs batted in for the day. No other Hoosier had more than a single hit in this one, and Jerrud Sabourin snapped his 14-game hitting streak with an 0-4 effort.
It was great to see the Hoosiers pick up another victory, but I was again expecting a much more convincing performance in this one. Yes, Taylor does have a very good record, but the fact that they are an NAIA school had me looking for a much larger margin of victory. Just like on Friday, a win is a win, but at the same time I hope this was not a case of IU taking an opponent too lightly.
The Hoosiers are back at again Tuesday with their final game before conference play begins next weekend. The team will host Louisville at home with the first pitch slated for 3:05pm ET.