Hoosier Rally Falls Short in Game Two
Feb. 20, 2010
SAN DIEGO, CALIF. - The Indiana baseball team rallied to bring the tying run to the plate in the eighth inning of game two, but No. 23 San Diego came out on top of a 9-4 victory in the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday. The Toreros took game one by a 9-2 tally to improve to 3-0 on the season. The fourth and final game of the weekend set is slated for Sunday at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET.
In game two, Alex Dickerson and Dylan Swift each had a pair of hits, with Swift driving in a pair of runs in the loss. Drew Leininger pitched brilliantly out of the pen for the Hoosiers, picking up Jonny Hoffman, who collected the loss in his Hoosier debut. Sammy Solis collected the win for USD, while Matt Thompson went 1 2/3 for his first save of the season.
The Hoosiers jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. With two outs, Dickerson laced a double down the left-field line to start the rally and Michael Earley reached on an error to follow. After Micah Johnson walked to load the bags, Swift delivered a two-run single up the middle to give IU a 2-0 lead.
But USD got to Jonny Hoffman in the first, as the first three hitters delivered extra-base hits and a sac fly scored a third run to make it 3-2. In the second, the Toreros got a pair of two-run homers from Kevin Muno and James Meador to chase Hoffman from the game at 7-2 in favor of San Diego.
Leininger came on in relief for the Hoosiers and slammed the door on USD for the next 5 2/3 innings. The sophomore scattered five hits and struck out four in shutting out the Toreros through the seventh inning. Meanwhile, the IU bats used some small ball to trim the deficit to 7-3. Johnson had a leadoff single, stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch before trotting home on a Michael Basil sac fly for Indiana's third run of the contest.
San Diego was able to thwart a couple Hoosier rallies started by extra-base hits in the fifth and seventh, started on doubles by Ethan Wilson and Swift, respectively, but Indiana was unable to score in either frame. The Hoosiers finally cut into the lead in the eighth, rallying against Casey Schmidt. Jerrud Sabourin led off with a double, and two batters later he came home on an RBI single to center by Earley to make it 7-4. Matt Ernest pinch-ran, stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch to put a runner at third with two down. After Swift was hit by a pitch to get aboard, pinch-hitter Josh Lyon came to the plate as the tying run, but closer Matt Thompson struck him out to snuff the rally. USD tacked on a pair of unearned runs in the eighth to result in the final score.
In game one, Brian Lambert and Sabourin each had two hits for Indiana. Ernest pitched four strong innings in his mound debut, while Casey Smith and Swift each added scoreless innings out of the pen for the Hoosiers. Matt Igel was carded with the loss, while Matt Hauser collected the win for USD with 4 1/3 strong innings of relief.
After USD picked up a run on a two-out RBI single in the first, the Hoosiers responded to tie the game in the top of the third. Lambert started things with a leadoff single and Sabourin followed with a walk to put two on with nobody out. Dickerson followed by tattooing a ball down the right-field line and into the corner to score Lambert and tie the game at one. IU loaded the bases two batters later when Johnson walked, but Kyle Blair rebounded to strikeout the next two batters to strand all three runners.
USD scored four times in the third to chase Igel from the game and make it 5-1, but Ernest had a strong debut on the mound, retiring the next three batters to limit the damage. The Hoosiers left two men on in the fourth after a Sterling Mack leadoff double, and USD tallied a solo run to push the score to 6-1. IU got another leadoff double from Lyon in the fifth, and Johnson drew a walk to put the first two men on base. After a strikeout and a walk loaded the bases with one down, Sam Wolff and Matt Hauser retired the next two hitters to leave the bases loaded once again.
The Toreros finally got to Ernest in the sixth, scoring four runs on four hits to stretch their lead to 9-1. IU tacked on a run in the top of the ninth on a Sabourin triple and an RBI single from Johnson to result in the final score.
IU and USD finish off their series on Sunday at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET. Live stats and audio will be available on IUHoosiers.com.
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