Indiana baseball improved to 3-0 in the Snowbird Baseball Classic Saturday and won for the fourth time in a row overall as the Hoosiers edged St. Joseph’s, 3-2.
Christopher Lowe, pinch-hitting in the seventh, had an RBI single to drive in what would be the winning run.
Indiana wraps up the tournament Sunday at 10 a.m. against Ball State.
Here is a game report from IU media relations.
PORT Charlotte, Fla. - Christopher Lowe's first career at bat for Indiana is one he'll never forget.
Pinch-hitting in the seventh inning, Lowe crushed an RBI single to right field to drive Austin Cangelosi home from third in what was ultimately the game-winning run for the Hoosiers.
Caleb Baragar struck out nine batters in his first career start and Indiana recorded 10 hits for the sixth time in seven games as IU earned its fourth consecutive win Saturday afternoon, topping St. Joseph's, 3-2, at North Charlotte Regional Park.
SJU's second error was a costly one, allowing Cangelosi to reach second base on a throw from the mound to first. Will Nolden's sacrifice fly put Cangelosi in prime position to score the winning run.
The Hoosiers, winners of five of six overall, took a 2-0 lead in the fifth inning. Casey Rodrigue's team-high 12th RBI of the season came on his first double, allowing Cangelosi to also score IU's first run from third. Craig Dedelow's sacrifice fly brought in Ricky Alfonso, who singled earlier in the inning.
Baragar's nine strikeouts were the most by an IU pitcher this season as the team totaled 14, also the most in 2015 for the Hoosiers. Baragar pitched five scoreless innings, giving up just two hits.
Kent Williams (1-0) picked up the win for IU, retiring the last batter in the sixth inning after SJU knotted the game at two with a two-run home run to right field. Luke Harrison earned his second consecutive save, allowing zero hits in the final frame. Ryan Halstead also gave Indiana two solid innings of work, allowing zero runs on one hit and striking out a season-high three batters.
Indiana concludes play at the Snowbird Baseball Classic on Sunday, March 8, at 10 a.m. ET vs. in-state rival Ball State.