Behind 14 hits and 5 home runs, the Hoosiers defeated visiting Ball State 12-6 on Tuesday afternoon. Jerrud Sabourin got the start for IU and gave up 3 runs in 2 innings of work, and Dylan Swift came on after him to pitch 4 innings of 3-run relief to pick up the win on the mound. After falling behind 2-0 in the top half of the first, the Hoosiers answered with 4 of their own and never trailed the rest of the way. The victory moves IU's overall record to 14-13 on the year.
Click here for the box score and here for the recap from IUHoosiers.com.
Players of the Game - Jerrud Sabourin and Ethan Wilson
This one was just too close to call. Sabourin was perfect at the dish for the day, going 4-4 with a double, a home run, 3 runs scored and 3 runs batted in. This was an extremely impressive performance to say the least, but it is one that we've almost come to expect. Wilson, meanwhile, was 2-3 himself with a pair of home runs and 4 runs batted in. He's been struggling at the plate a bit of late, so hopefully this was the performance he needed to break out of that funk.
Stat of the Game - 5 Hoosier Home Runs
IU has certainly become a big fan of the long ball this season. Today the Hoosiers tacked 5 more onto their conference-leading total as 4 different players (Sabourin, Dickerson, Lyon and Wilson) got in on the action.
IU took care of business today. This was a team IU should have beaten on paper, and they came out and did just that. It was another impressive performance by IU's hitters, and IU's pitchers were effective enough to finish off the Cardinals.
The Hoosiers travel to Columbus, OH this weekend for a showdown with the Buckeyes of Ohio State. First pitch for the series opener on Friday is slated for 6:35pm ET. The game will be aired live online via the Big Ten Network (BTN.com) and will be broadcast on WHCC 105.1 FM in Bloomington in addition to the regular live coverage provided by IUHoosiers.com.