Hoosiers Fall to No. 23 USD in Season Opener
Feb. 19, 2010
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Alex Dickerson went 3-for-5 with his first home run of the year, but the Indiana baseball team fell in its season opener at No. 23 San Diego, 16-10. Josh Lyon and Micah Johnson each added two hits for the Hoosiers in a losing effort.
Blake Monar picked up the loss for IU, surrendering eight runs, seven earned, in 3 1/3 innings to fall to 0-1. A.J. Griffin collected the win, giving up six hits and four runs in six innings to go along with eight strikeouts. Kevin Muno scored five runs out of the leadoff spot for USD, while Chris Engell went 4-for-5 with three runs and three RBI.
Several Hoosiers had memorable debuts, as Trace Knoblauch and Johnson both hit safely in their first games in the cream and crimson. Mike McKinley struck out two batters in 2 1/3 and Casey Smith struck out the first batter he faced in his IU career. Ethan Wilson made his first career appearance on the mound for IU, tossing a perfect inning in the eighth, while Brian Ritz notched his first career hit.
The Toreros struck a big blow in the first, as a walk, a hit batsman and a bunt single loaded the bases to lead to Bryan Haar's grand slam to give USD a 4-0 lead. But IU responded with a run in the second, as Michael Earley roped a single up the middle and Lyon followed with a double off the wall down the right-field line to make it 4-1. The Toreros came right back with three runs in the second, two on a two-run homer by Nick McCoy, to make it 7-1
In the third, Dickerson responded in his homecoming, as he blasted a two-run homer over the wall in deep right center to bring the IU contingent to its feet. USD scored a solo run in the fourth to chase Monar from the game, but McKinley put out the fire with a strikeout and a popout to end the inning. He followed that up with a 1-2-3 fifth, and the Hoosiers trimmed the deficit to 8-4 with a Dickerson double and a Lyon single plating a run in the top of the sixth.
But USD's offense struck against the Hoosier bullpen in the sixth and seventh, scoring three in the sixth and five in the seventh to blow the game open. In the ninth, IU's bats came alive against reliever Mike Dedrick, as IU plated six runs on six hits to result in the final score.
Knoblauch started the rally with a double deep to the left-center gap and Lyon followed with a walk. After a strikeout and a fielder's choice, Ritz pinch hit and rapped a single up the middle to plate a run and Johnson followed with the same to make it 16-6. Sterling Mack added a two-run double to left and then Jerrud Sabourin dropped a single to left for another tally. Dickerson capped off the scoring with a single up the middle to plate Sabourin to make it 16-10.
The Hoosiers and Toreros will play a doubleheader tomorrow at Cunningham Stadium starting at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET. Matt Igel will throw against Kyle Blair in the first game, while lefty Sammy Solis is slated for USD in the second game. IU's starter for game two is still yet to be determined. Live stats and audio for both games will be available through IUHoosiers.com.
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