Hoosiers Take Finale From No. 23 Toreros, 7-5
Feb. 21, 2010
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Walker Stadler pitched six strong innings in his Hoosier debut and Alex Dickerson and Jerrud Sabourin delivered solo home runs as the Indiana baseball team (1-3) knocked off No. 23 San Diego (3-1) on Sunday, 7-5. Chris Squires threw the final two innings for his first save of the 2010 season to lift the Hoosiers to the win in the finale of the four-game series with the Toreros.
Sabourin, Dickerson and Sterling Mack had two hits apiece for the Hoosiers, as IU used a four-run fourth inning to springboard to the victory. Jerry Kleman tallied his first career hit in the victory, tallying the fourth and final run of the fourth inning. Seven different Hoosiers scored runs in the contest. Bryan Haar and Steven Chatwood each hit solo home runs for the Toreros.
Stadler surrendered seven hits and two walks over his six innings of work. The Glenview, Ill., native struck out five in his Indiana debut. Mike McKinley allowed a single run in his inning of work, while Squires struck out three, including the final batter of the game, to collect the save for IU. Darrin Campbell was carded with the loss for USD to fall to 0-1.
The two starters embarked on a pitcher's duel early on, with neither team scoring in the first three innings. With one out in the top of the third and Sabourin at the plate, though, the skies opened and an 18-minute rain delay stalled the momentum of Campbell on the hill. He retired Sabourin after the break, but Dickerson came up next and blasted a towering home run off the building beyond the right-field wall for his second homer of the season to make it 1-0.
IU was not done there, though, as Josh Lyon singled and Michael Earley was hit by a pitch to chase the previously untouched Campbell from the game. Mack greeted new hurler Sam Wolff with a two-run double down the left field line to push the lead to 3-0, and Kleman completed the inning with a single through the left side to put IU's edge at 4-0.
The break did no favors for Stadler, either, as he surrendered a solo home run and a triple with one out, and the Toreros were able to plate a run with a sacrifice fly to make it 4-2 Indiana. IU regained some momentum in the fifth, as Micah Johnson led off with a double and came home three batters later on a sac fly from Josh Lyon.
After the Toreros added a solo homer off Stadler in the sixth, the Hoosiers again responded, with Sabourin hitting a towering shot to right over the wall in the seventh to again push Indiana's edge to 6-3. But USD came right back, using small ball to score a run in the seventh off McKinley. Kevin Muno hit a leadoff single, stole second and moved to third on a balk, then as Muno broke for home in a steal attempt, McKinley was called for a second balk and Muno was awarded home to make the score 6-4.
IU added an important insurance run in the ninth. Brian Lambert hit a one-out double to start the rally, and he moved to third on a Johnson groundout. Sabourin then delivered his second hit, a single to center to push IU's edge to 7-4. Squires surrendered a run on an RBI single by James Meador, but he rallied to strike out Haar on a 3-2 pitch to end the game.
Indiana returns to action next weekend at the Big Ten/BIG EAST Challenge, as it will face West Virginia, Villanova and Connecticut. IU will take on the Mountaineers on Friday at 1 p.m. ET at Jack Russell Stadium in Clearwater, Fla. Live stats and audio for all games will be available at IUHoosiers.com.
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