Indiana Baseball Hangs On To Defeat Minnesota in Slugfest

Sam Beishuizen, Staff Writer
The Hoosier

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With the wind blowing straight out at Bart Kaufman Field and an offense as potent as Minnesota's in the visiting dugout, no among of runs was going to feel safe Saturday.

But 13 runs proved to be enough.

Indiana evened up its series with Minnesota with a 13-12 victory in what was truly a slugfest. The two teams combined for 39 hits in a three hour and 33 minute game where pitching struggled plagued both sides.

"We couldn't get enough runs," sophomore infielder/pitcher Matt Lloyd said. "Thirteen? That's a lot of runs. We just kept adding on. You can never get enough of them."

The Hoosiers and Golden Gophers exchanged blows throughout the afternoon.

The visitors struck early, taking a 8-4 lead into the fifth inning where Indiana put up nine runs in the bottom half of the frame. Minnesota got back four runs over the next two innings before the opposing sides calmed down and failed to score over the last 12 outs.

"You tip your hat to Minnesota," IU head coach Chris Lemonis said. "I feel like they've just been on pitch after pitch this whole weekend, but our guys matched them, which was nice to see."

Freshman infielder Matt Gorski led the way with three hits, three runs and two RBI. He hit a two-run shot to left field to in the fifth inning during the Hoosiers' 9-0 outburst in an at-bat where he originally intended to bunt before getting into a hitter's count.

Lloyd and senior outfielders Alex Krupa and Craig Dedelow each added homers of their own. Lloyd's was of the grand slam variety, also in the fifth inning.

"We just got a lot of good at-bats, a lot of people on base," Gorski said. "We've just been getting a lot of production."

Junior pitcher BJ Sabol got the win while Lloyd picked up a save. Minnesota's Nick Lackney was credited with the loss.

"Tonight our guys came out and competed and had some big hits early," Lemnis said. "They just kept fighting."

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