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The Journal Gazette

Monday, June 04, 2018 1:00 am

College baseball

IU, Purdue sent home from tourney

Staff, news services

Indiana fell to host Texas 3-2 in the Austin Regional on Sunday in Austin, Texas, eliminating the Hoosiers from the NCAA Tournament.

The Hoosiers (40-19) needed two wins over the Longhorns to reach a Super Regional. IU loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the ninth but couldn't score any runs.

The Longhorns (40-20) took the 3-2 lead in the seventh.

Pitcher Andrew Saalfrank, a Heritage product, was effective for the Hoosiers by going 51/3 innings, giving up six hits and two earned runs, while striking out eight.

The Hoosiers led 2-1 in the sixth before the Longhorns tied the game with a run.

In the first game for the Hoosiers, Matt Lloyd capped a nine-run first inning with a three-run homer and coaxed a game-ending double play for the save, helping Indiana hold on to beat Texas A&M 9-7.

The Aggies (40-22) had the potential tying run on base with one out in the ninth when Allonte Wingate grounded sharply to second base. Justin Walker started the double play to eliminate the Aggies a year after they reached the College World Series.

Texas A&M brought the potential tying run to the plate for the first time with two outs in the eighth. Michael Helman grounded into a fielder's choice against Lloyd, who got four outs for his sixth save.

Scotty Bradley hit a two-run homer in Indiana's big first inning after three straight RBI singles from Luke Miller, Matt Gorski and Logan Sowers.

Indiana reliever Tim Herrin (6-0) allowed four hits and a run in three innings.

In Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Joe Davis homered during a four-run eighth inning, and Houston beat Purdue 8-4 to eliminate the Boilermakers.

Tyler Bielamowicz and Grayson Padgett had back-to-back RBI triples during the big inning for the third-seeded Cougars.

Davis led off the inning with a tiebreaking homer to right off Ross Learnard. Cooper Coldiron hit a one-out double and scored on Landon Etzel's run-scoring single, and Etzel scored on Bielamowicz's triple that made it 7-4. Padgett followed with his triple to give Houston a four-run lead.

Jacson McGowan and Ben Nisle each homered for the second-seeded Boilermakers (38-21), with Nisle's two-run shot in the fifth putting Purdue up 4-0.