IU falls to Stanford in series finale, 4-3

Indiana dropped its final game of the weekend series on the West Coast when it lost to No. 18 Stanford, 4-3 on Sunday. Still, IU came home with a series victory having defeated the Cardinal on both Friday and Saturday.

Indiana baseball dropped the final game of its three-game series to Stanford on Sunday afternoon and returns home with a 2-1 record for the 2015 season.

IU dropped a 4-3 decision on Sunday.

Here is a report from IU media relations on Sunday’s game.

STANFORD, Calif. -- Indiana dropped its series finale at No. 18 Stanford on Sunday afternoon, 4-3, after clinching the series Saturday evening at the Sunken Diamond.

Similar to the first two games, the closer was tightly-contested from start to finish, marking the second game decided by one run as Indiana outscored Stanford on the weekend, 11-9.

The home team struck first in the opening inning, before Indiana knotted the score at one in the top of the third with Nick Ramos reaching home. Ramos tallied IU's first double of the season and scored after Brian Wilhite's sacrifice bunt and Casey Rodrigue's groundout RBI.

The Cardinal regained a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth, setting up Indiana's best inning of the day in the seventh in which the Hoosiers took their only advantage of the day, 3-2.

Scott Donley led off with a single before scoring on Logan Sowers' first career RBI double to tie the game. Sowers scored the go-ahead run, also the first of his career, after Craig Dedelow's single and Nick Ramos' RBI sacrifice fly.

But Stanford would respond with two runs of its own in the inning to retake the lead for the final score.

At the top of the order, Bryce Carter walked and Austin Barr was hit by Evan Bell's pitch to place runners on first and second with zero outs. After Jack Klein's sacrifice bunt placed Carter and Barr in scoring position, Tommy Edman flied out to centerfield and Carter scored the tying run.

Beau Branton, pinch-running for Barr, scored the game-winner, on an Indiana throwing error.

IU's offense couldn't muster a hit in the final two innings as Stanford escaped with a win.

The Hoosiers enter next weekend's First Pitch Invitational in Greenville, S.C. (Feb. 20-22) with a 2-1 record. IU will face Presbyterian College on Friday at 1 p.m. ET, Furman on Saturday at 5 p.m. and Xavier on Sunday at 11 a.m.

IU'S WEEKEND NOTABLES...

-In the past six meetings with Stanford dating back to last year's NCAA Regional, the teams have split wins (3-3), have each scored 26 runs and have seen winning runs in the fifth, ninth, ninth, seventh, 10th and seventh innings.

-Junior Nick Ramos leads the team with a .429 batting average through two games and is second on the team with three runs batted in. His slugging percentage (.571) and on-base percentage (.545) also lead the Hoosiers.

-Senior Casey Rodrigue's four RBI are a team-high for Indiana.

-Nine pitchers saw action for Indiana: Thomas Belcher and Scott Effross picked up wins, Ryan Halstead recorded two saves in IU's wins to extend his IU career record to 25, two pitchers started in the regular season for the first time (Effross and Jake Kelzer) and two made their IU debuts (Austin Foote and Brian Hobbie). Luke Harrison led the way with four strikeouts in his two innings of play Friday. IU didn't give up a walk in its first two games and had just two the entire weekend.

-Indiana had won eight straight road games dating back to last season leading up to today and 15 of its last 16. The Hoosiers are 35-18 in true road games since the start of 2013 and 95-31 overall (.748).


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