Indiana has now had three games called early this season due to a travel curfew. Today’s game, however, was different because it wasn’t a tie ball game.
As the rain was pouring down and a delay was pending, Craig Dedelow sent a ball deep to left center field for a grand slam and the lead of 6-3. Immediately after the home run, the umpires on the field called time and declared a delay due to lightning at 1:27 pm ET. Maryland was antsy to get back out on the field as they had a travel curfew of 2:35 pm ET. Play was resumed in the Bottom of the 7th with two outs for the Hoosiers at 2:22 pm ET.
Indiana then brought in Matt Lloyd to close out the game for the Hoosiers in the Top of the 8th and he did just that. Lloyd struck out the first Terrapin and then proceeded to get the next two outs from a ground out and fly out to end the Terrapins chances of coming back.
The travel curfew then kicked in and Hoosiers had won their thord straight Big Ten series.
Dedelow was the player of the game as he recorded 2 home runs, 5 RBIs and the eventual go ahead grand slam to win the series against the leader of the Big Ten. Jeremy Houston hit his first home run of the season in between the two bombs from Dedelow.
On the mound for the Hoosiers, Pauly Milto went 4.0 IP gave up 7 hits and 3 earned runs before being relieved by Tim Herrin for two innings followed by BJ Sabol and Matt Lloyd in the next two. Sabol picked up the win, his third of the season, while Lloyd recorded his fourth save.
The Hoosiers (24-17-2) are winners of 7 out of their last 10 contests and have won three straight series against the top teams in the Big Ten. This series will certainly boost their RPI and chances of making the NCAA tournament.
Next up, Indiana will host Xavier (25-18) on Friday, May 5, at Bart Kaufman Field. First pitch is set for 6:05 pm ET.