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IU defeats Boston College for fifth-straight win


Then-junior first baseman Austin Cangelosi is tagged by the Ball State second baseman as he slides into second April 25, 2017, at Bart Kaufman field. The Hoosiers have won five-straight games in 2018 after defeating Boston College 4-0.  Katelyn Rowe Buy Photos

For the second time this season, junior starting pitcher Pauly Milto turned in a dominant performance on the mound that resulted in a shutout win for IU.

However, this time Milto finished what he started.

A week after Milto pitched six scoreless innings in IU’s first win of the season against Kansas State, he went the distance Saturday against Boston College.

It took Milto just 95 pitches to retire 27 Boston College batters in IU’s 4-0 victory in Port Charlotte, Florida.

Milto allowed just four hits to the Eagles. He struck out eight batters and issued no walks during his complete-game performance.

The Hoosiers scored three runs in the game’s first two innings, allowing Milto to pitch with the lead for the entire game.

Junior utility player Matt Lloyd, batting second in the order Saturday, put IU on the board in the first inning with his first home run of the season.

A sacrifice fly by freshman outfielder Elijah Dunham later in the inning scored junior infielder Luke Miller to make it 2-0 for the Hoosiers.

IU then loaded the bases with two outs in the second. This led to an RBI single by Miller. Miller leads IU with 10 RBIs.

Junior catcher Ryan Fineman gave Milto another insurance run in the eighth via an RBI single, which scored senior outfielder Logan Sowers.

A total of four IU players hit doubles against Boston College, including sophomore outfielder Matt Gorski, who recorded three hits.

The Eagles never threatened to score a run off Milto, and the Hoosier defense recorded three double plays.

Milto faced 28 batters in the game — just one more than the minimum number.

IU, now 5-1 overall, will finish play in the Snowbird Baseball Classic on Sunday morning against Chicago State.

Cameron Drummond

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