Indiana baseball sweeps Rutgers, separates from Nebraska, takes half the sport in opposition to Michigan within the Large Ten – The Every day Hoosier
Indiana won three of its four games in Piscataway, NJ that weekend, entering a critical streak between the two teams with a 23-10 record and a 1/2 game lead on Michigan for first place in the Big Ten one in Ann Arbor this coming weekend.
Due to a pandemic game schedule quirk, the Hoosiers played two games against Rutgers at the weekend, then two games against Nebraska at Rutgers’ home ball park, and on Saturday played a double headed ball with one game each against the two opponents.
The Hoosiers won their weekend opener on Friday 8-3 against Rutgers, with catcher Collin Hopkins and shortstop James Espalin both running two runs in an eighth inning of six runs. Junior left-hander Tommy Sommer knocked out six thugs in 6 2/3 innings without a decision.
The Hoosiers won Saturday’s early game against Rutgers 5-3 in 11 innings thanks to a double home run from first baseman Jordan Fucci in 11th IU pitcher McCade Brown failed to hit in his first six innings, hitting 11 batters but left Rutgers first baseman Mike Nyistor did a solo home run in the seventh to give the Scarlet Knights a 1-0 lead. Catcher Collin Hopkins drove home a singles in the ninth run to force extra innings before the Hoosiers won in the eleventh race.
In Saturday’s afternoon game against Nebraska, the Hoosiers fell 7-6 in a walk-off single from catcher Gunner Hellstrom. Indiana third baseman Cole Barr homered twice and drove in four runs in the loss and midfielder Grant Richardson stole a home run with a catch that earned a spot in SportsCenter’s top 10.
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– Indiana Baseball (@IndianaBase) May 9, 2021
Indiana’s right-hander Gabe Bierman hit 11 clubs in a complete game win on Sunday and allowed two runs out of four hits in a 4-2 win. The Hoosiers achieved all four of their runs in the first with a two-time single from Cole Barr and RBI singles from Ethan Vecrumba and Collin Hopkins.
The Michigan series starts at 4 p.m. on Friday on BTN +. The Saturday game is at 2:00 p.m. on BTN + and the Sunday game is at 1:00 p.m. on ESPN2.
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