Jordan Wells / TheHoosier.com
Indiana baseball remains on a roll.
The Hoosiers defeated Northwestern 10-9 Sunday at Miller Park in Evanston, Illinois, to sweep their first Big Ten series of the season. IU has also won nine of its last 10 with the result.
Leading 10-4 heading into the bottom of the ninth, Indiana (13-8-1) had to withstand a late rally by Northwestern to hold onto the lead.
Wildcats senior outfielder Matt Hofner began the inning with a standup double, then scored off an RBI single up the middle by freshman infielder Alex Erro. An RBI single by redshirt senior outfielder Jake Schieber cut the IU lead to just four. Combined with senior outfiedler Joe Hoscheit's walk, Northwestern had runners on first and second with just one out.
A single by freshman infielder Leo Kaplan loaded the bases, then Bourbon hit a 2-RBI single which put runners on the corners and narrowed IU's lead to two, still with only one out. Sophomore infielder Willie Bourbon advanced to second while Kaplan scored on a wild pitch by IU right-handed pitcher Matt Lloyd. Lloyd struck out the next two Wildcat batters to preserve end the rally, allowing just two hits and one earned run in 0.2 innings of closing work.
Sophomore right-hander Pauly Milto (1-2) got his first win the of the season, tossing six strikeouts while allowing seven hits and no earned runs. Northwestern senior righty Josh Davis (1-1) picked up the loss - his first of the season - allowing six hits, two earned runs and a walk in three innings.
The Hoosiers will look to continue their four-game win streak Tuesday at home against Evansville at 6:05 p.m. ET.
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