It started with a triple play in the first that deflated all of Radford’s momentum.
After that a solid outing by Kyle Hart coupled with a 13-hit attack by the Indiana offense was the difference as the No. 3 seeded Hoosiers knocked off No. 2 seed Radford 7-1 Friday in a first round game of the NCAA Baseball Tournament in Nashville, Tenn.
Indiana (35-22) now will face No. 1 seed and defending national champion Vanderbilt vs. at 8 p.m. ET Saturday night in the championship bracket. Vanderbilt defeated Lipscomb, 9-1 on Friday night. Radford and Lipscomb will meet Saturday at 4 p.m. ET in an elimination game.
The IU victory snaps the nation’s longest winning streak of 15 in a row by the Highlanders. Radford had not lost a game since April 26. It was IU’s 12th win in the last 15 games and improved its record to 12-3 in the month of May.
Radford (43-15) will play the loser of Vanderbilt-Lipscomb in an elimination game on Saturday.
Indiana had a pair of three run innings in both the fourth and the seventh after a single run in the third.
Brad Hartong had an RBI single to put the Hoosiers up 1-0.
In the fourth IU two runners on with one out when Brian Wilhite, batting in the nine hole, bounced a double off the left field fence to make it 3-0. Two batters later Nick Ramos hit a triple to make it 4-0.
In the seventh, Scott Donley plated Ramos with a double play ball to make it 5-0. Logan Sowers reached on an infield single and then Craig Dedelow hit a first pitch breaking ball to deep right field for his eighth home run of the season to break the game open at 7-0.
Radford added its only run of the game in the seventh.
Hart had another solid effort for the Hoosiers. He went seven innings for his longest outing of the season, allowing five hits, one unearned run, six strikeouts and no walks.
Thomas Belcher came on to pitch the final two innings of scoreless ball.