After a couple rough outings to start the season, junior RPH Brian Hobbie (0-1) gave Chris Lemonis and the Hoosiers the performance that they expect out of their regular Sunday starter. Hobbie went 5.1 IP for the visitors and allowed just 2 ER on 5 hits in what looked to be another easy win for Indiana. But the Hoosiers were undone by an error, a single, and dinger in the Bottom of the 9th and fell 6-5.
Hobbie got all help he thought he needed from his offense in two swings. After three scoreless innings, the Hoosiers got on the board in the Top of the 4th when newcomer Matt Lloyd hit his first career home run on an 0-2 pitch, a two-run shot that scored Craig Dedelow.
In the Top of the 6th, sophomore catcher Ryan Fineman continued his tear, clearing loaded bases with a three-run double that scored Lloyd, Luke Miller, and Alex Krupa to give the Hoosiers a 5-0 lead.
Hobbie ran into a bit of trouble in the bottom half of the same inning after a leadoff single and walk put two men on. Cam Beauchamp spelled Hobbie, but walked the first two hitters he saw to allow one run, and then another scored on a SAC fly.
Samford added one more in the Bottom of the 8th when Austin Edens hit a solo shot off of Beauchamp to make it 5-3.
Pauly Milto came in to finish off the 8th, but could not put Samford away in the Bottom of the 9th. The leadoff man for the Bulldogs, Greg Mula, reached on a Luke Miller throwing error and was advanced to second on a Branden Fryman single. Then Kevin Williams, Jr. took a 1-1 pitch deep to left field to give the Bulldogs a 6-5 victory.
Indiana (4-5-1) will look to bounce back and take the series from Samford tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. ET.