UIndy prevails in shootout
Greyhounds, Hawks combine to score 35 runs in regulation
YPSILANTI, Mich. -- A football game broke out at the NCAA Baseball Division II Midwest Regional Saturday. Indianapolis (45-14) won by a touchdown in a 21-14 final against Rockhurst, boosting the Greyhounds to Sunday's regional final.
The top-seeded Hounds continue to roll through the 2012 postseason. Since dropping the opening contest of the conference tourney, UIndy has run off eight consecutive wins and now finds itself one win from the D-II World Series.
Things quickly developed into a shootout Saturday, as the game's first scoreless inning didn't come until the eighth. The Greyhounds set season highs in a number of categories, including runs (21), hits (22), runs batted in (18), and total bases (32).
The Hounds jumped out to a 7-1 lead with a five-run third inning. The frame began with three consecutive base hits, including a leadoff homer from Scott Mourey. The solo blast was the first UIndy homerun of the postseason.
The Hawks (34-18) answered right back with four runs in the bottom of the third, and later earned an 11-10 edge after scoring six times in the fifth.
But the 'Hounds retook the lead for good with a three-run sixth inning that featured a go-ahead double from Jake Hartley.
The knock-out blow came in the top of the seventh, however, as UIndy sent 10 hitters to the plate and scored six runs. Mike Page and Tyler O'Daniel each drove in two in the inning, with O'Daniel's RBI’s coming on his third double of the game.
Though offense ruled the day, pitcher Patrick Kraft should take some credit for the victory. After a rough start, Kraft settled down to give the Hounds five innings of long relief to preserve the bullpen.
Kraft got the win to improve to 3-0 on the year and was the only one of the game's nine pitchers to toss more than 2 2/3 innings.
Getting his first start of the tournament, catcher Brandon Stevens was one of three Greyhounds with at least four hits and two RBIs. All nine UIndy hitters recorded at least one hit, one run and one RBI.