IU baseball records 4-2 win over Stanford

Indiana opened the 2015 baseball season Friday with a 1-0 victory on the road at Stanford. Casey Rodrigue hit his first career home run and Scott Effross got the win for IU.

New IU skipper Chris Lemonis and the Indiana Hoosiers are 1-0.

Behind solid starting pitching from Scott Effross and timely hitting late in the game, the Hoosiers opened the 2015 baseball season with a 4-2 victory over Stanford on the road Friday afternoon at Sunken Diamond stadium.

The Hoosiers’ 2014 season had ended in Bloomington in the Regional round when IU was beaten by Stanford.

Here’s a story from IU media relations about the game.

STANFORD, Calif. -- The Indiana baseball team opened the 2015 season with a 4-2 road win at No. 18 Stanford on Friday afternoon at Sunken Diamond in Stanford, Calif.

The Hoosiers took their first lead of the season in the top of the second inning on the first of two runs batted in for junior Nick Ramos, allowing senior Scott Donley to score.

Stanford used consecutive doubles to get on the board in the fourth inning to deadlock the score at one until the seventh inning.

After Brian Wilhite walked with two outs on the board in the seventh inning, senior Casey Rodrigue belted his first career home run to right field, giving IU a 3-1 lead it would add on to in the following inning and not relinquish.

Ramos picked up his second RBI in the eighth inning as senior Brad Hartong scored.

Stanford threatened in the final inning after IU put two outs on the board. The Cardinal recorded three consecutive singles to score and had two runners on base before J. Locher fouled out to first base.

Junior Scott Effross picked up his 12th career win for the Hoosiers, tossing three strikeouts and allowing just one run in six innings of work.

TURNING POINT

Casey Rodrigue's first career home run gave Indiana the momentum in the seventh inning and proved to be the difference in the final score.

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Scott Effross turned in career highs of six innings pitched and 23 batters faced, while allowing just one run and throwing 60 strikes in 80 pitches. At the time of his departure, IU and Stanford were knotted at one with a chance to win on the road.

THREE NUMBERS

1: Chris Lemonis recorded his first career win at IU and as a head coach in his first game as IU's skipper.

2: Hoosiers that made their debut for IU on Friday in freshmen Isaiah Pasteur (pinch-hitter) and Logan Sowers (right field).

24: Ryan Halstead extended his Indiana school record for saves to 24, appearing in the ninth inning.

NOTABLE

Indiana is now 75-54-1 all-time in season openers (.624).

Indiana has won its last seven road games dating back to last season and 14 of its last 15. The Hoosiers are 34-17 in true road games since the start of 2013.

Casey Rodrigue hit his first career home run in the top of the seventh inning.

TIME CHANGE

Indiana’s final game vs. Stanford on Sunday, Feb. 15, has been moved up to 3 p.m. ET/Noon PT.


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