While new offensive threats continue to emerge for IU, returning pitchers are still relied upon by IU Coach Chris Lemonis.
Those two factors worked in unison again Monday afternoon the help the Hoosiers finish with a 3-1 record in the Brittain Resorts Baseball at the Beach tournament in South Carolina.
IU closed the four-game tournament with a 6-5 victory against the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, a victory powered by junior infielder Luke Miller and secured by junior utility player Matt Lloyd.
Miller blasted his second and third home runs of the season in the win, which was part of a five-RBI performance by the Muncie, Indiana, native.
His first RBI came in the top of the first inning on a sacrifice fly, which scored junior outfielder Logan Kaletha.
In each of IU’s four games to start the 2018 season, the Hoosiers scored in either the first or second inning. However, three of those four games would be tied entering the third.
Those games all featured short outings from IU’s starting pitchers. Junior pitcher Tim Herrin lasted just three innings against the Chanticleers on Monday, allowing six hits and four runs.
Herrin entered the fourth inning with a 3-1 lead after Miller hit a two-run homer in the third to give IU a 3-1 lead, but failed to get an out in the inning. The frame featured four singles, a walk and a pass ball by Coastal Carolina.
Herrin was replaced by freshman Connor Manous in the inning, but the Chanticleers led 5-3 after the frame.
The IU response came swiftly in the fifth through Kaletha with an RBI single and Miller with his second homer. All three of Miller’s hits this season have been home runs.
The final three IU pitchers out of the bullpen, senior Kade Kryzsko, sophomore Cal Krueger and Lloyd, combined for five innings of shutout pitching.
Miller’s RBI groundout in the seventh, which also scored Kaletha, stood as the game’s winning run.
Lloyd earned the save in his first pitching appearance of the season for the Hoosiers, while Krueger earned his second win of the season.
IU defeated Kansas State, South Alabama and Costal Carolina to close the tournament after falling to Oklahoma on Friday.
The Hoosiers will now travel to Port Charlotte, Florida, for the Snowbird Baseball Classic, which starts Friday. IU will play three games against Rutgers, Boston College and Chicago State.
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