Holding on to just a meager 1 run lead at 13-12 heading into the bottom of the 8th in Sunday's series finale with Iowa, IU exploded for 8 runs in the frame and held the Hawkeyes scoreless in the top half of the 9th to secure a 21-12 victory and a series sweep. Matt Igel picked up his first win of the season on the hill, throwing 6 innings in relief of Walker Stadler, who started but was only able to record 1 out in the first. Igel was shaky and inconsistent at times much in part to a very small strikezone, but at the end of the day he only gave up 3 earned runs over his 6 innings of work. The win moves IU to 5-4 in Big Ten play and 19-15 overall and catapults the Hoosiers into a tie for third in the conference standings.
Click here for the box score and here for the recap from IUHoosiers.com.
Player of the Game - Dylan Swift
There were a number of guys who easily could have taken home this honor for yesterday's performance (Josh Lyon, Jerrud Sabourin and Tyler Rogers come to mind), but I am going to go with Swift. The catcher went 3-5 with a double and 5 runs batted in on Sunday in addition to playing his usual stellar defense behind the plate.
Stat of the Game - 5 Errors
Once again, defensive lapses plagued Indiana on Sunday. Simply put, 5 errors (which led to 4 unearned Iowa runs) is entirely too many, especially at this level of play.
Breakdown - Sweep
Great weekend for the Hoosiers. Not only did IU pick up its first Big Ten series win of the year, but they went a perfect 3-0 in doing so. Although it's still early in conference action and there are still numerous games to be played, I personally felt Indiana needed a sweep this weekend in the worst kind of way so they could hop back into the thick of contention, and fortunately, the team was able to follow through and do just that.
Next Up - Miami (OH) Red Hawks
The Hoosiers travel to Oxford, OH for a 6pm ET showdown with the Red Hawks (16-19) of Miami (OH), where Coach Tracy Smith used to call home prior to coming to IU. IU will be aiming to record its 5th consecutive victory.
- Click here for the series recap from the Indiana Daily Student.