BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana Hoosiers scored three runs in the seventh to break a tie game, using that late offense to win at home on Wednesday by a score of 6-3 over the Indiana State Sycamores at Sembower Field in Bloomington, Ind.
The Hoosiers (21-10) took an early lead on Wednesday, plating a single run in the first inning on four singles. The inning could have been worse for the Sycamores (19-12), but an alert throw from sophomore Jordan Pearson cut down Micah Johnson as he rounded too far around third base. ISU also cut down a runner at the plate in the fifth, as a relay throw from Pearson to sophomore Jeremy Lucas kept IU off the board.
Indiana doubled their lead in the fourth, scoring an unearned run when sophomore Koby Kraemer's throw from third went wide of junior Jon Hedges at first base, allowing Trace Knoblauch to score from second with two outs in the inning.
IU went up 3-0 in the sixth, tallying their third run on a bloop single to right field by Cureton.
The Sycamores came back to tie the score in the seventh, plating three runs on three hits in the inning. Lucas got the inning going with a bunt single down the third base line before moving into scoring position on a balk. Junior Ryan Walterhouse doubled to right when he came up next, pushing Lucas to third as he had to hold at second to make sure the ball hit the ground. Freshman Tyler Wampler and Pearson both drew walks after that, with Pearson's bringing Lucas across the plate. Kraemer tied the score with a single to center on the first pitch of his at-bat, knotting the score at 3-3.
The Hoosiers came back with three of their own, however, taking a 6-3 lead on four hits in the seventh.
Junior Chris Machado (2-2) took the loss on Wednesday, allowing a leadoff double that became the go-ahead run.
Kraemer led ISU at the plate, going 2-for-5 on the day with a pair of RBIs.
ISU returns to conference play this weekend when the Sycamores host the Creighton Bluejays on Friday through Sunday in Terre Haute. First pitch on Friday is set for 7:00 p.m. on Bob Warn Field at Sycamore Stadium.