Behind 7 strong innings on the mound from RHP Walker Stadler and 3 more hits and 3 RBI from Jerrud Sabourin, Indiana defeated the Cougars of St. Francis 7-3 on Friday afternoon at Sembower Field. In picking up his second win of the year, Stadler gave up 6 hits and 3 walks while striking out 2 in his 7 innings of work. Derek Roof and Chris Squires then held down the Cougars over the final 2 innings, each working a scoreless inning of relief.
While Sabourin continued his hot hitting ways, Alex Dickerson chipped in with another multi-hit (2) effort and drove in a run, and Josh Lyon entered the game at catcher off the bench and promptly slugged a 2-run home run in the 7th. Only a single error in the field for the Hoosiers this afternoon as well, another positive step in the right direction.
Given St. Francis' 3-20-1 record heading into this afternoon's tilt, I honestly expected a much more lopsided victory for the Hoosiers. Nevertheless, a win is a win, and this win moved IU above .500 overall as they now stand at 11-10 on the year. The team will be back at it tomorrow at 1pm ET with a match-up against Taylor University (16-3), an NAIA school in Upland, IN. Listen live here, or follow the action on GameTracker here.