Typically one would think that 15 runs, including 5 home runs, would be enough to propel a team to victory, but that was not the case for Indiana on Tuesday afternoon. The Hoosiers banged out 19 hits, 8 of which were for extra bases, and put up 10 runs in the 6th, but after taking a 14-9 lead heading into the bottom half of the 6th, IU allowed 11 Eagles to cross the plate in the final 3 innings to seal the deal in a 20-15 loss. While there is no question that the Hoosiers struggled on the mound in this one, the 5 errors they committed on the afternoon certainly didn't help matters. Those errors translated into 7 unearned runs, an alarming statistic considering the final margin of victory was just 5.
Freshman Mike McKinley gave up 6 runs on 8 hits in 1.2 innings of relief to take the loss for the Hoosiers. In addition to yielding 24 hits and 20 runs, the Hoosier hurlers walked 6 and only struck out 1 for the game.
Several guys had big days at the plate for IU. Alex Dickerson connected for 4 hits and drove in 2, Michael Earley had a pair of hits (including his 2nd home run of the year) and 3 RBIs, and Josh Lyon cranked out 3 extra-base hits (2 doubles and a home run) and had 3 runs batted in as well.
Disappointing loss for IU. No matter how thin your pitching is, any time you score 15 runs you should win. Click here for the box score and here for the recap from IUHoosiers.com.
The Hoosiers are back at it again tomorrow as they host Xavier in their home opener at Sembower Field in Bloomington. Ethan Wilson is scheduled to take the mound for Indiana, and the first pitch is slated for 3:05pm ET. If you are going to be in town, come spend the afternoon at Sembower.