March 12, 2013
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WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -
Indiana scored three runs in the seventh inning to overcome a 2-1 deficit and defeat Army, 4-2, in a non-conference baseball game Tuesday evening at Chain of Lakes Stadium.
The Hoosiers, who recently took two of three games from Florida, improve to 9-3 on the season. The Black Knights saw their modest three-game winning streak snapped and fall to 3-8.
Michael Basil tripled down the right field line leading off the decisive seventh inning and scored the game-tying run on Dustin DeMuth's RBI double. Ricky Alfonso followed with a run-scoring single to give Indiana a 3-2 lead, and the Hoosiers added an insurance run later in the frame when Justin Cureton's reached on a fielder's choice.
Luke Harrison (1-1) picked up the win in relief after allowing one unearned run on three hits over 3.2 innings. He struck out four and did not walk a batter. Ryan Halstead earned his third save of the season following two perfect innings. He fanned four of the six batters he faced.
Patrick Gardner (0-1) suffered the loss for Army as the first-year hurler yielded three runs (two earned) on three hits in three innings of relief.
Alex Jensen and Connor Love both went 1-for-3 with an RBI to pace Army's offense. The Black Knights managed just five hits in the contest.
DeMuth and Casey Smith each finished 2-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored to spark Indiana's nine-hit attack.
Indiana took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second on Smith's second home run of the season.
Army battled back in the third inning, tying the score on Jensen's RBI single. The Black Knights then took a 2-1 advantage in the bottom of the sixth on Love's sacrifice bunt.
Army will return to action on Thursday, March 14, when the Black Knights face Miami (Ohio) in Lakeland, Fla. First pitch is slated for 12 p.m.
Game Notes: Army falls to 2-2 all-time versus Indiana ... Davis Marlar made his Army pitching debut, pitching a scoreless ninth inning.