Hoosiers Fall in Season Opener
Feb. 20, 2009
BRADENTON, Fla. - The Indiana baseball team started off its 2009 campaign on a sour note, falling to West Virginia 14-4 in the Hoosiers' opening game of the Big Ten/BIG EAST Challenge. Wallace and Golden Spikes Award candidate Josh Phegley had a strong debut, going 4-for-5 with a run and an RBI in the losing effort.
The game took a back seat in the top of the seventh inning, though, as Justin Parks hit a screaming line drive right back up the middle that struck freshman pitcher Wyatt Hoff in the face. The San Diego native is expected to make a full recovery. Hoff pitched four strong innings before the play, and finished by allowing three hits and three walks with two strikeouts in the game.
Freshman Josh Lyon picked up his first career hit in the ninth inning, going 1-for-1 and being hit by a pitch. Cody Webber, Alex Dickerson and Jake Dunning also made their IU debuts, with all three starting for the Hoosiers.
West Virginia got three hits apiece from Justin Parks, Tobias Streich and Justin Ellis in the win. The Mountaineers came out strong in the first, with doubles from Jedd Gyorko and Streich giving the visiting team a 3-0 lead. The Hoosiers came right back with a run in the bottom of the first, with Evan Crawford singling to lead things off and Chris Hervey following with a walk. Phegley then delivered an RBI single to make the score 3-1. But Jarryd Summers struck out the side to prevent any further damage in the first.
In the third, WVU got three more runs on a two-run double by Grant Buckner and an RBI single from Parks. The Hoosiers responded with a run of their own to make it 6-2. Phegley started things with a single and a Michael Earley single gave IU runners on first and second with two out. Jerrud Sabourin then slapped a ball through the right side to score Phegley on the play.
Indiana had a strong chance to draw closer in the fourth, as a Dunning walk and a Chris Hervey single put two on with two out for Phegley. The catcher drilled a ball the other way, but the towering flyball carried only to the warning track as the side was retired.
Neither team scored again until the seventh, when the Mountaineers scored twice. WVU added three runs apiece in the eighth and ninth before IU responded with two runs in the bottom of the ninth. Crawford scored on a Dickerson RBI fielder's choice and Lyon added a double to deep left field to score Dickerson.
Indiana is back in action tomorrow at 1 p.m. as the Hoosiers take on Georgetown in their second game of the Big Ten/BIG EAST Challenge. The game is slated to be played at USF's Red McEwen Field in Tampa.
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