Indiana baseball stayed hot in a mid-week clash against the Evansville Purple Aces, winning Tuesday night’s in-state, midweek showdown 6-3. The Hoosiers have now won 10 of 11 games after a slow start to the season.
Starting P Tim Herrin struggled for Indiana in the Top of the 1st. He gave up two runs on three hits, before recording an out. After that, though, he settled in. He went 5.0 IP and giving up six hits and four walks, but only allowed the two runs. He eventually picked up the win, improving to 3-2 on the year.
The Hoosiers struck back in the Bottom of the 2nd, scoring three runs. The home team got one on an RBI single by Logan Sowers and added more on a two-run double by Tony Butler to take a 3-2 lead. The Hoosiers then tacked on two more runs in the Bottom of the 4th with some classic #LemonisBall. Two singles to start the inning were followed by a SAC bunt, a passed ball, and a safety squeeze by Butler.
Matt Lloyd cooled off slightly after winning National Player of the Week, going 1-for-3 with a HBP.
Logan Sowers had a big game at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a double and driving in a run.
Cal Krueger came into pitch in the sixth and gave up his first run in a while after havint put together 6.1 scoreless innings over his last 3 outings. But after giving up the run in the 6th, Krueger cruised the rest of the game. He retired the last ten batters he faced, and picked up his first save of the year.
Butler was the player of the game for the Hoosiers. He went 3-for-3 and drove in four runs. He had two doubles and appeared to be very comfortable in all four of his plate appearances.
Here he is discussing his night with our own Eddie Cotton:
Tony Butler breaks down @HoosierBaseball's 6-3 win and his performance! #iubase https://t.co/sT2eJTclAU— BTN Student U (@BTNStudentU) March 29, 2017
The Hoosiers improved to 14-8-1 with the victory. They look to keep the hot streak going strong, Wednesday night, as they play Indiana State (11-9) at Bart Kaufman Field.