IU baseball goes for series sweep today

Indiana baseball has opened the season on the road with two victories over No. 18 Stanford. The second came Saturday night when the Hoosiers rallied for two runs in the 10th inning and then held on for a 4-3 victory.

Indiana baseball is going to come home from California with at least a series victory over Stanford in the opening series of the season.

The Hoosiers (2-0) will go for the series sweep against the No. 18 ranked team in the nation on Sunday afternoon.

Indiana scored two runs in the top of the 10th inning and posted a 4-3 victory over Stanford on Saturday. That win came on the heels of a 4-2 IU victory on Friday in coach Steve Lemonis’s debut as the Indiana baseball coach.

The Indiana pitching staff turned in a strong performance for the second game in a row. Thomas Belcher came on in relief to record the victory.

In 19 innings total in the first two games, the IU pitching staff has yet to allow a walk.

Here’s the story that was posted by IU media relations about IU’s second game of the season.

STANFORD, Calif. -- Indiana clinched the series over No. 18 Stanford on Saturday evening at Sunken Diamond, taking advantage of two costly errors by The Cardinal in the 10th inning to pull ahead for a 4-3 win.

Will Nolden walked to lead off the final inning before Stanford committed consecutive errors on sacrifice bunt attempts by Brad Hartong and Scott Donley, allowing Nolden to score on the latter and Hartong and Donley to reach scoring position.

Craig Dedelow's RBI single two batters later proved to be the difference, bringing in Hartong for the decisive run.

Ryan Halstead, who picked up his second save in as many games and extended his IU record to 25, retired two straight batters in the bottom of the 10th.

Similar to Friday, Stanford made it interesting with two outs on the board. Matt Winaker singled and advanced on a wild pitch before scoring on an IU error as Alex Dunlap reached first. Jonny Locher, pinch-running for Dunlap, was caught stealing at second base to secure IU's second win.

Indiana wraps up the series vs. Stanford on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET/Noon PT.

TURNING POINT

Both teams had chances to win the game in the ninth inning. Craig Dedelow reached third base with only one out, but Stanford escaped the top of the ninth.

The Cardinal had runners on first and second with an out before Thomas Belcher struck out Jack Klein and Tommy Edman grounded out, setting the stage for IU's extra-innings victory.

Belcher picked up his second career win, allowing zero runs and zero walks to go with a strikeout in three innings.

NOTABLE

The Hoosiers are 2-0 for the first time since 2005, when they won their first three games and five of their first six.

Indiana has won its last eight road games dating back to last season and 15 of its last 16. The Hoosiers are 35-17 in true road games since the start of 2013.

Ryan Halstead extended his Indiana school record for saves to 25, appearing in the ninth inning to secure the win.

Indiana has given up zero walks in its first two contests.

Scott Donley leads IU with four hits through two games, recording a hit on half of his attempts (.500).

QUOTABLE

"It's a wonderful feeling right now. We came out, played two games, our defense has done really well, our pitching staff has been unbelievable and we've been executing when we need to. It's huge to come in (like this), especially against a team like Stanford. I think they were ranked Top 20. They're a really good program. They have really good arms, really good hitters. It's good to come out and do well right now." -Senior OF Scott Donley


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