IU baseball falls to Morehead State

Scott Donley hit a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth to pull the Hoosiers to within a run but Morehead State held on for an 8-7 victory Sunday at Bart Kaufman Field. The loss snapped a nine-game winning streak for Indiana which is now 21-11 on the year.

Indiana baseball lost for just the second time in 10 home games Sunday and also saw its nine-game win streak snapped in an 8-7 loss to Morehead State at Bart Kaufman Field.

The Hoosiers trailed 8-3 going into the bottom of the ninth and scored four runs on a grand slam by Scott Donley. But it was too little, too late and the Eagles were able to salvage the final game of a three-game series.

IU is back in action Wednesday at home against Western Kentucky and then plays host to Michigan State in Big Ten action this weekend for a three-game series.

Here is a report on the game from IU media relations.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Looking to extend its winning streak to 10 games, the No. 23 Indiana baseball team came up short against Morehead State, 8-7, at Bart Kaufman Field on Sunday afternoon. The Hoosiers fall to 21-11 this season, while the Eagles improve to 17-18. IU is 8-2 at home in 2014 and 27-5 in 32 all-time games at Bart Kaufman Field.

Kyle Schwarber homered, doubled and singled in three at-bats with two runs batted in and two runs scored. The junior catcher leads Indiana with six home runs and moved into a share of ninth with Josh Phegley on the school's all-time list with 32.

Sam Travis saw his hitting streak snapped at 10. During the stretch, the junior first baseman hit .500 (23-of-46) and slugged .891 with five home runs, 18 RBI and 13 runs.

Scott Donley pulled the Hoosiers within one with a two-out grand slam in the ninth. It marked his fourth home run of the year and his second career grand slam.

Reliever Craig Pearcy got the final out for his seventh save and the Eagles salvaged one victory in the three-game series.

IU did not waste any time getting on the board as junior second baseman Casey Rodrigue led off the home half of the first with a single and Schwarber laced a rocket over the left field wall.

Morehead State responded with five in the second and looked to have another in the third, but junior center fielder Tim O'Conner robbed Nick Newell of an RBI with a full extension diving catch in right center to retire the side.

O'Conner then touched home with Indiana's third run in the fifth after he singled up the middle to open the inning.

The Hoosiers threatened in the seventh as Schwarber one-hopped the left field wall for a two-out double and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Travis then hit a rope right at Newell in left to close out the frame.

Luke Harrison started the fourth inning and kept IU close until Morehead scratched three across in the eighth. The junior right-hander gave up the three tallies on six hits, three of which were of the infield variety, and struck out six with no walks in 4.1 innings.

Up next, Indiana welcomes Western Kentucky to Bloomington on Wednesday (6:05 p.m. first pitch) and returns to Big Ten action against Michigan State on Friday-Sunday (7:05, 2:05, 1:05).


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