Saturday, June 02, 2018 1:00 am
Hoosiers, Boilermakers drubbed in tourney
Indiana and Purdue each were soundly beaten in their openers in the NCAA Tournament on Friday.
John Doxakis had a career-high 12 strikeouts while allowing only one hit over six innings as Texas A&M won its 10th consecutive NCAA regional game, beating Indiana 10-3 in the opener of the regional in Austin, Texas.
Doxakis (8-5) struck out the first five batters he faced. The sophomore lefty, who had 10 strikeouts against Auburn in the SEC Tournament last week, walked two and gave up one unearned run.
Zach DeLoach and Logan Foster each had three hits for the Aggies (40-20), who are the No. 3 seed in Austin.
Luke Miller homered twice – solo shots in the seventh and ninth innings to give him 13 for the season – for second-seeded Indiana (38-18).
Foster's two-out RBI single in the fourth started a seven-run outburst that DeLoach capped with a three-run double to chase Indiana starter Jonathan Stiever (5-6). Foster added an RBI triple an inning later.
Lael Lockhart Jr. homered, Joe Davis drove in two runs and Houston beat Purdue 9-1 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Lockhart's three-run homer in the ninth helped the third-seeded Cougars (37-23) advance to face North Carolina, the tournament's No. 6 overall seed, tonight after the second-seeded Boilermakers (37-20) face North Carolina A&T in an elimination game.
Houston scored the game's final nine runs, all in the final five innings, and had 15 hits. Tyler Bielamowicz gave the Cougars a 2-1 lead with his run-scoring sacrifice fly in the fifth, and Davis hit two-run double an inning later.
Aaron Fletcher (7-3) went the distance, allowing four hits and no earned runs. Tippecanoe Valley graduate Tanner Andrews (7-5) gave up four runs on seven hits in five innings for Purdue.
Harry Shipley drove in Purdue's run with an infield hit in the third.