It took five pitchers and two Hawaii errors, but Indiana was able to pull out a close one in their opener of a four-game series with Hawaii in Honolulu while you were sleeping on Wednesday night/Thursday morning. Behind big knocks rom Alex Krupa nad Craig Dedelow, the Hoosiers were able to secure a 7-6 victory to even their record on the season.
Indiana struck first when Alex Krupa knocked a SAC fly to move runners to second and third, but a throwing error allowed Austin Cangelosi from second. Tony Butler moved to third on the play, and scored on the next at-bat when Matt Gorski added a SAC fly of his own.
Hawaii got one back in the Bottom of the 4th with a solo home run and tied the game and took the lead 3-2 in the Bottom of the 5th. All three of the runs came off of Pauly Milto, who strugged through the middle innings after spelling Cam Beauchamp.
The Hoosiers fought back quickly, though, and regained the lead in the Top of the 6th when a Craig Dedelow single scored Krupa and moved Gorski to 2nd before Jake Matheny reached on a fielder’s choice that scored Gorski.
Indiana increased the lead in the Top of the 7th. Krupa scored Cangy again with a double to the gap in left center, making it 5-3. Krupa would later score on a wild pitch. Dedelow bookended the Hoosier scoring with a double of his own that scored Gorski.
The Rainbow Warriors fought back with three runs in the Bottom of the 8th, two coming off of Brandon Kelley, who was the pitcher of record, and one off of BJ Sabol. But Luke Stephenson came in to end the 8th and finish the game in 9th for his first save of the season.
Indiana (7-7-1) will face Hawaii (10-6) again tomorrow morning at 12:35 a.m. ET in Honolulu.