Isaiah Pasteur had a rough day in the field in game two of Sunday’s doubleheader against Penn State.
Starting at shortstop, the freshman from Westminster, Md., had three errors as the Nittany Lions erased a 7-0 deficit and rallied to beat IU 13-7.
Pasteur admitted Tuesday that his performance made for a long bus ride home from Happy Valley.
But it was only fitting in IU’s bounce back game Tuesday at home against Louisville, that it was Pasteur who would shine for the Hoosiers.
Not known for his offensive power this season, Pasteur belted two home runs to left field to account for all three of IU’s runs and played an errorless game in the field as No. 19 Indiana knocked off No. 7 Louisville 3-0 before a crowd of 2,456 at Bart Kaufman Field.
“We play a ruthless sport and sometimes this sport can really knock you down,’’ said IU coach Chris Lemonis. “But for (Pasteur) to come back the way he did today really shows you a lot about his character. He just had a two-inning funk (on Sunday) and we talked about it in the locker room. We just tore it up and threw it away and we’re going to move on. He had played really well for the last couple of weeks.
Indiana (16-5) has now won 13 of its last 14 games and is a perfect 7-0 at home this season. The victory also snapped a seven-game winning streak for Louisville (18-7).
The win was also big for Lemonis in his first year as the IU head coach. He spent the last eight seasons as an assistant coach at Louisville.
Scott Effross pitched the first four innings for IU, allowing just two hits and striking out five. Freshman Austin Foote (2-0) came on and struck out four over the next two and a third innings and was credited with the win. Luke Harrison was the set up man and Ryan Halstead faced three batters to record his fifth save of the season in the ninth.
In all, the four IU pitchers combined to scatter five hits, strike out 12 and walk only one.
“That has been us all year,’’ Lemonis said. “When we pitch like that we can beat anybody.’’
Pasteur led off the bottom of the third inning with a line drive home run to left field. It was his first career home run in 19 games with IU.
In the fifth inning, Austin Cangelosi doubled to center field and was moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Will Nolden. Pasteur then ripped his second home run of the game, again to left field to give the Hoosiers a 3-0 advantage.
“Both pitches they were pitching me inside and I just hit it good,’’ Pasteur said.
Indiana is back in action in Big Ten play on Friday when it begins a three-game series at Iowa. The Hoosiers are 1-1 in conference play.