Jonathan Stiever was fantastic for Indiana on Friday afternoon in the season opener against #8 Oregon State. Unfortunately, he will still get strapped with a loss after the Hoosiers could not push anyone across the plate in a 1-0 defeat.
Stiever went 5.2 IP and gave up just 1 earned runs on 3 hits, falling one out short of a quality start. He gave up the loan run of the game in the Bottom of the 6th after Steven Kwan got on with a single, eventually moved to third, and then was driven home by an RBI single for Christian Donahue.
Pauly Milto spelled Stiever after he walked the bases loaded and got out of the jam on one pitch. Milto would finish the game for Indiana, only allowing one hitter to reach base in 2.1 IP.
But as dominant as Indiana’s pitching was, their offense struggled. The Hoosiers only managed four hits, two a piece for Ryan Fineman and Laren Eustace. Jeremy Houston drawing two walks was the only other high point on offense.
In total the Hoosiers left nine runners on base, which will haunt them if they don’t bounce back with at least a couple more wins over the course of the weekend.
For the Beavers, starter Luke Heimlich struck out 11 Hoosiers in 5.2 IP. Indiana struck out a total of 16 times. Offensively, Oregon State had just four hits, one fewer than Indiana, and left six runners on base themselves. But one timely hit in the Bottom of the 6th was the difference.
The Hoosiers (0-1) will have an opportunity to get the bad taste out of their mouths immediately as they face Gonzaga at 4 p.m. ET.