Very few people could have expected that Manchester Village Apartments would be a part of the storyline for IU baseball’s series finale at San Diego.
Then again, very few people could have predicted that junior utility player Matt Lloyd would hit a ball farther than 450 feet and onto the apartment complex’s roof.
After an ugly second inning in which a fielding error on a potential inning-ending double play allowed San Diego to get on the board first, sophomore shortstop Jeremy Houston and junior centerfielder Logan Kaletha lead off the third with back-to-back infield singles.
With the Hoosiers trailing 1-0 in the third inning, Lloyd stepped up with runners on first and second and no outs and drove the ball to right field to give IU a lead they would not look back from.
IU came into the series finale looking to clinch after winning the opening game on Friday and splitting an exciting doubleheader on Saturday.
Despite five defensive errors from Houston and junior third baseman Luke Miller, IU was able to earn themselves an 8-4 victory and a 9-2 record.
The offense did not slow down after Lloyd’s home run. IU tacked on three more runs in the fifth.
Miller lead off the inning with a double. That was followed up with a walk and hit-by-pitch before sophomore utility player Matt Gorski dropped a single into right-center to stretch the lead to 5-1.
IU’s baserunning also flexed its muscle by getting three steals, highlighted by a double steal with runners on the corners in the fifth to add another run.
IU’s starter, sophomore Cameron Beauchamp, delivered four innings of one-run balls to earn his second win of the season. The bullpen then combined for five innings while giving up two unearned runs.
Thanks to IU’s ability to add two more runs in the seventh, those two unearned runs coming in the eighth did not change much of the momentum in the game.
After picking up three wins against the Toreros, who were ranked No. 30 in the NCBWA poll and No. 53 in the RPI, the Hoosiers' next game will be their home-opener on Wednesday against Cincinnati.
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