Indiana has played five games since last being swept in Knoxville. The team has really bounced back well since then and proved to be better than what they showed in that let down of a weekend.
The Hoosiers had two mid-week home games vs Cincinnati and Butler on back-to-back days where they managed to come away with two wins. Beating the Bearcats 7-1 and the Bulldogs 9-3, the Hoosiers proved they can still hit, and they have more than one reliable pitcher. The very versatile RHP, Cal Kruger, picked up the first win of the week throwing only three innings but giving up only one hit. Cole Barr and Ryan Fineman both supplied two RBIs.
— Indiana Baseball ⚾️ (@IndianaBase) February 26, 2019
Gabe Bierman picked up his first colligate victory the next day throwing four innings, striking out four, allowing only one hit and one run earned. Logan Kaletha added two RBIs as Matt Gorksi had three.
HOOSIER W. pic.twitter.com/pBoAhm1mkm
— Indiana Baseball ⚾️ (@IndianaBase) February 27, 2019
That was just the beginning as the Hoosiers traveled to Conway, South Carolina where they would take on two ranked opponents on the weekend. Indiana won two games on Saturday, first coming against Northeastern to a score of 6-4 and the second coming to #21 UConn to a score of 9-6. Pauly Milto continues to dominate on the mound going eight innings, allowing six hits, three earned runs and seven strikeouts against Northeastern. Between both games on Saturday, Gorski batted in five while Kaletha contributed another four.
2️⃣ games, 2️⃣ dubs. pic.twitter.com/tOFyhEbPT8
— Indiana Baseball ⚾️ (@IndianaBase) March 2, 2019
Entering Sunday’s game vs #11 Coastal Carolina, the bullpen has been lights out the previous five games. In the previous 21.2 innings, the bullpen has only allowed 13 hits and two earned runs. Indiana went on to lose this game in walk-off fashion to a score of 5-6. Hoosiers allowed three runs in the bottom of the ninth but had to score two in the seventh and one in the eighth to get them to that point. Overall, this was the first game Indiana had to battle back and showed they were capable against a very talented team.
Chants get three in the 9th. pic.twitter.com/YwNHd7wGcs
— Indiana Baseball ⚾️ (@IndianaBase) March 3, 2019
Hoosiers are now 6-5 on the year as they improved tremendously after their weekend in Knoxville. Matt Gorski’s performance has earned himself Big Ten player of the week.
In 5️⃣ games this week…
🔘 Hit .400
🔘 8 Hits
🔘 9 RBI
🔘 3 HR
🔘 3 SB
🔘 4 BB
It makes sense ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/CM60zSMIvR
— Indiana Baseball ⚾️ (@IndianaBase) March 4, 2019
Indiana flies out to Seattle, Washington this upcoming weekend to play Washington on Friday, Oregon State on Saturday and San Diego on Sunday. A very tough weekend for Indiana to prove themselves as Oregon State is coming off a CWS championship and RPI has them currently ranked fifth in the country. San Diego always has a tough program and Washington is also off to a hot start this year sitting at a 7-2 record.
The first pitch on Friday is set for 10 PM EST.