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Hart dominates Radford, Hoosiers await Vandy/Lipscomb winner

It looked like the Hoosiers were on the verge of a potential nightmare just two hitters into the Bottom of the 1st inning on Friday in Nashville. A few pitches later, Indiana got a glimpse of the fortune it would have with the inexperienced Highlanders.

Here's the glimpse:

Actually, there were two glimpses. One was the triple play, obviously. The other, and more subtle glimpse, was the strike out. It was a look into the Hoosiers' immediate future, because over the next two hours, Kyle Hart was dealing.

The junior ace allowed two hits to start the ballgame, but after that retired 14 of the next 16 Radford hitters and had faced just one more than the minimum through six innings.

Indiana's offense got rolling in the 3rd after Rodrigue got the inning going with a bloop hit (probably an error) that resulted in a triple. Brad Hartong singled him home after Nick Ramos walked.

The Hoosiers added three more in the 4th, capped by a 2-RBI double by Brian Wilhite and a Ramos triple that scored Wilhite.

Indiana finished its scoring in the 7th. Ramos and Hartong both singled again, and Ramos scored when Scott Donley grounded into a double play. After Logan Sowers singled up the middle, Craig Dedelow hit a 2-run shot to right field and put the Hoosiers up 7-0.

Hart ended the day with a magnificent line. 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R (unearned), and 6 Ks on 92 pitches.

Thomas Belcher pitched the 8th and 9th and kept Radford off the board in those innings to give Indiana an easy 7-1 win in the opener.

Vanderbilt and Lipscomb play at 8 p.m. real time, 7 p.m. local time tonight. Indiana will play the winner tomorrow evening.