"Disappointed that too many of our games depend on us outslugging our opp. Guys need to step up on mound. Same song."- Tracy Smith
Once again, Coach Tracy Smith's Twitter feed says it all about yesterday's game. The Hoosiers put 8 runs on the board, but the pitching couldn't hold down the Buckeyes in a 10-8 loss in the weekend series finale. The loss dropped IU to 2-4 in conference action and an even 15-15 overall. The Hoosiers continued a problematic trend on Sunday by allowing Ohio State to score 4 first-inning runs and digging themselves into a hole that ultimately proved too difficult to climb out of. Freshman Walker Stadler (3-3) took the loss as he yielded 8 runs (4 earned) on 10 hits and 2 walks while striking out 2 in 4.2 innings of work. At the plate, 3 Hoosiers (Alex Dickerson, Michael Earley, Josh Lyon) connected for home runs, and Micah Johnson (2 hits), Dickerson (2 hits) and Lyon (3 hits) had multi-hit games.
Click here for the box score and here for the recap from IUHoosiers.com.
This was definitely a disappointing loss and a game Indiana could have and probably should have won. While the pitching certainly hasn't been great this year, unearned runs continue to plague this team, and they had 4 more on Sunday. One note of interest to Hoosier fans from this one was that staff ace Blake Monar returned to the mound for the first time since the season opener at San Diego. He only threw to one batter in relief, but it was definitely good to see the left-hander back on the hill. Hopefully we will see more of him in games to come.
IU is back in action on Tuesday with a mid-week game against Valparaiso (11-18) at 7pm ET at Railcats Stadium in Valparaiso, Indiana.
- Click here for an article on the series from the Indiana Daily Student.
- Click here for the recap from OhioStateBuckeyes.com.