Hoosiers Fall in 12 Innings at Purdue, 5-4
April 29, 2011
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The Indiana University baseball team (25-17, 6-7 Big Ten) could not overcome a poor defensive effort in Friday's series opener at Purdue (28-13, 8-5), falling 5-4, in 12 innings. Four Hoosier defensive errors led to three unearned runs for the Boilermakers.
Alex Dickerson and Wes Wilson each went yard in the game, marking the first time IU has lost a game this year in which they hit multiple homeruns (3-1) and just the second defeat when hitting one or more longballs (11-2). Dickerson's moonball over the scoreboard in right center field was his sixth of the season, pulling him even with a trio of other Big Ten players for the conference lead in that category.
Freshman Joey DeNato had a bizarre day at the ballpark. He started the game in the dugout as the scheduled starting pitcher for game three of the series. DeNato was subbed into right field to start the fourth inning, however. The high school All-American then cranked a double off the right field wall, fired a game-saving outfield assist in the eighth before trotting to the mound for the final 1 2/3 innings of the game.
A complete game recap will be posted at IUHoosiers.com upon the team's return to the hotel following post-game dinner. The game box score, play-by-play and updated season statistics are currently available.