April 18, 1998
Baseball Drops a Pair at Indiana
'Cats Now 18-17 Overall
Box Score Game 1
Box Score Game 2
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- For the second-consecutive day, Indiana first baseman Roger Rodeheaver knocked a homer to defeat the Wildcats as the Hoosiers swept a twinbill on Saturday, 4-3 and 2-1. NU falls to 18-17, 4-11 Big Ten, while IU is 24-19, 9-6 Big Ten. Game one was a well-pitched duel between NU's John Seaman and IU's Chad Smith. Indiana got on the board in the bottom of the second before NU tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the third. With two outs, Chris Pedersen singled to center and was driven home on an RBI-triple by Ken Kilian. The pitching was stellar throughout. In fact, neither team saw a man reach base in the fourth, fifth or sixth innings. The game remained tied at 1-1 heading into the bottom of the eighth, when IU's Jason Williams opened the frame with a double to center. Two batters later, second baseman Benji Clause singled to center to score Williams with the winning run.
Seaman (8-3) took the loss, allowing seven hits and two runs in seven innings. Smith (6-2) earned the win for Indiana, allowing just the two hits in the third inning. Both pitchers went the distance, neither of whom walked a batter. Smith fanned 10 batters in eight innings of work while Seaman had seven strikeouts in seven-plus innings. Game two saw the Wildcats jump out to a 3-0 lead on the strength of two leadoff solo homers by Pedersen. His first homer opened the third inning, and Pedersen duplicated the feat in the fifth inning. NU opened the game with a run in the first inning on back-to-back doubles by Jeremy Kurella and Brian Baron.
Indiana came back to score once in the bottom of the fifth and two in the sixth inning before Rodeheaver ended the day with a solo homer to right leading off the bottom of the seventh inning. Wildcat hurler Phil Rosengren (0-4) had his best outing of the season, scattering nine hits and fanning five in the complete game loss. Offensively for NU, Kurella, Baron, Pedersen and Mike Stritch all went 2-for-3.
The 'Cats and Hoosiers conclude the series with a single game on Sunday afternoon.