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Indiana easily handles Xavier, 14-3

The Hoosiers took advantage of Xavier’s pitching woes as they rolled to a 14-3 victory.

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The constant rain finally subsided in Bloomington and gave way to an all around impressive performance from the Indiana Hoosiers at Bart Kaufman Field. Indiana took advantage of a bevy of Xavier pitching struggles to secure a 14-3 victory over the Musketeers.

The Hoosiers drew first blood in the second. They managed two runs after sophomore Ryan Fineman’s single to center brought home Luke Miller and freshman Jeremy Houston’s liner up the middle scored Fineman.

The Musketeers gained back a run in the third as Chris Givin’s single brought home Rylen Bannon but senior Austin Cangelosi’s two-run homer that also brought in Logan Sowers in the fourth stunted any momentum Xavier might have gained, giving Indiana a 4-1 lead.

Even though Xavier gained back another run in the fifth from Conor Grammes’ solo home run off of Cal Krueger, Indiana even got things going in the defensive department in the inning when leftfielder Alex Krupa robbed Bannon of a home run at the wall.

Xavier’s pitching staff started to fall apart in the sixth. Four combined walks from Garrett Schilling and Brad Kirschner and singles from Craig Dedelow and Fineman resulted in four runs for the Hoosiers in the inning. Xavier went through three different pitchers and Indiana managed to bat through their entire lineup during the Musketeers’ nightmarish pitching sequence.

With the 8-2 lead, Indiana had a large margin for error, yet did not let up. Matt Lloyd’s two-run double in the seventh and Logan Sowers’ solo home run in the eight were part of a continuing onslaught of runs from the Hoosiers as they tacked on six more to secure the victory.

Indiana got a nice day on the mound from Krueger, who went four and two thirds innings with three strikeouts. Meanwhile, Xavier struggled mightily, recording nine combined walks as a unit.

As for Indiana’s day at the plate, Lloyd led the way with three hits and three RBIs, while Fineman and Cangelosi each had multiple RBIs as well. Cangelosi, Sowers and Tony Butler each had multi-run games.

The Hoosiers will close out their series with Xavier tomorrow at Bart Kaufman Field at 1:05 PM.