BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – For the second straight game, Indiana used big rallies during the middle innings, tallying seven runs in the third and four in the fifth, en route to a 15-1 victory over the Miami baseball team Wednesday afternoon. The game was the inaugural contest in Bart Kaufman Field history and capped a home-and-home sweep by the 22nd-ranked Hoosiers over the last two days.
Indiana (15-3) started the second with back-to-back hits, then followed a sacrifice bunt with two straight RBI singles. A fielder’s choice later made the score 3-0.
The Hoosiers broke the game open with seven runs in the third. Reliever Clay Cinnamon walked the first batter, but got an infield pop up for the first out. A groundball to second was booted, then back-to-back singles – the latter off Cinnamon's leg -- brought in a run and loaded the bases. Shane Kriss came in on short notice and gave up a double that kicked up chalk on the left field line, making the score 8-0. A balk with a runner on third and a double to the gap in right center capped the seven-run frame.
Indiana added a run in the fourth and four in the fifth, all while keeping Miami off the scoreboard until the ninth. Elble singled to center field, but was erased on a fielder’s choice. After a flyout, Reed Schlesner drew a four-pitch walk, setting up Tyler Perkowitz for his first career hit and RBI on a bouncer up the middle.
Alex Brown (0-1) took the loss, allowing the three runs during his predetermined two-inning stint. He struck out the first two batters of the game. Miami used seven pitchers, most of which were scheduled to throw during the contest. Indiana’s Evan Bell (2-0) earned the win by keeping the RedHawks scoreless during the middle three innings.
Casey Smith, son of former Miami and current Indiana coach Tracy Smith, led the Hoosiers with three hits and five runs batted in. He also scored twice.
Miami opens Mid-American Conference play this weekend with a three-game series against Eastern Michigan at McKie Field. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE START TIME FOR FRIDAY’S OPENER IS NOW 4 p.m. due to expected cold temperatures.