JOLIET, ILL. – The fourth seeded Indiana University South Bend baseball team used a 10-run seventh inning to topple No. 5 and host St. Francis by a score of 13-10 in the first game of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament at DuPage Medical Group Field.
The win pushed the Titans to 24-22 overall, earning their first conference tournament victory since the 2017 season and are now winners of eight of their last nine outings.
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Indiana University South Bend cranked out nine hits in the game with seven of them coming in the seventh frame. Jake Vanderwoude and Jordan Moore each led the Titans with two hits apiece as Vanderwoude blasted a 2-for-5 outing with a team-high three runs batted in while Moore went 2-for-3 with one RBI and a run scored.
Senior Matt Smith turned in a quality appearance, throwing in relief for three innings allowing three runs off two hits while Matt Rose earned the save after tossing 1.1 innings and did not allow a single hit.
St. Francis held a four-run lead through five frames after scattering two runs in the second and three in the fifth. IUSB got one run back in the third off a throwing error by the Fighting Saint’s third baseman, driving home Logan Smith.
IU South Bend broke through the USF pitcher in the sixth to score two runs, cutting the deficit to two, 5-3. Moore ripped a single to right before Vanderwoude collected a two-run single to left, driving home Moore and pinch runner Nick Banks.
In the seventh, the Titans scattered seven hits and used two St. Francis miscues to scoot home 10 runs taking the 13-5 lead into the eighth.
The Fighting Saints got five back in the eighth but quality bullpen work from Rose helped put the final tally at 13-10 in favor of IUSB.