The first inning didn’t start out particularly well for Indiana Friday afternoon in the NCAA Tournament opener against Radford.
IU went down quietly in the top half of the first with a strikeout and a pair of ground outs against Radford’s ace starter Michael Boyle, who was 10-2 and had won eight starts in a row.
And then upstart Radford, playing in its first NCAA Tournament game in school history, opened the bottom of the first with back-to-back singles off of IU starter Kyle Hart that put runners at first and third with no one out.
Then Hart proceeded to go 3-0 on the next hitter and it looked like it could be a long day for the Hoosiers.
And then the entire momentum shifted back to IU just that quickly.
And it came via a most unlikely triple play.
First, Hart came all the way back to get the No. 3 hitter on a called third strike. Then Brad Hartong came up throwing and got the runner at first who was attempting to steal second. Nick Ramos then threw the ball back to Hartong who had the runner at third hung up between third and home. He chased him down and tagged him as he dove back to the third base bag to complete the triple play.
It was the momentum switch IU needed that helped catapult the Hoosiers to a 7-1 victory over Radford in first round action. IU will play in the championship semifinal on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET.
Want to see that triple play for yourself? Here it is from the Big Ten Network.