Hoosiers Knock off USF 9-7
Feb. 22, 2009
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Alex Dickerson had three hits, including his first career home run, and drove in four runs in a 9-7 victory over USF on Sunday. Blake Monar pitched five strong innings in the win and Jake Dunning picked up his first career save for the Hoosiers. IU emerged from the Big Ten/BIG EAST Challenge with a 2-1 record.
Monar allowed six hits and struck out six in his five innings of work to collect a victory in his collegiate debut. Joe Vicini, Matt Carr and Dunning each pitched an inning and a third out of the bullpen to seal the victory for the Hoosiers. Jerrud Sabourin had three hits as well and Josh Phegley went 2-for-3 in the win.
The game was a pitcher's duel for the first four innings, with neither team being able to crack the scoreboard. But the Hoosiers got things started off Shawn Sanford in the fifth, plating five runs to open up a lead. Jake Dunning started things by reaching on an error, and Evan Crawford followed immediately with a pinch-hit double to score a run and make it 1-0. Chris Hervey followed with an RBI single and then Phegley doubled off the right-center field wall to make it 3-0. Dickerson then capped it off by blasting a ball over the wall in left center to make it 5-0 in favor of the Hoosiers.
USF bounced back with four of their own in the bottom of the frame, but the Hoosiers responded immediately in the sixth. T.C. Knipp stretched a single to a hustle double to start things and Dunning doubled down the left field line to bring him home. After a Crawford foulout, a wild pitch scored Dunning to make it 7-4. Hervey followed with a walk and Phegley followed with a single. After a wild pitch moved Phegley to second, Dickerson singled with a bounding ball over the first baseman's head to plate two more runs and give IU a 9-4 edge.
USF added two runs in the seventh and one in the eighth to trim the deficit to 9-7, but Dunning came on to slam the door in the bottom of the eighth with a groundout to second to send the game to the final frame. The Bulls got two men on with one out, but consecutive groundouts ended the game with the Hoosiers coming out on top.
The Big Ten went 15-9 against BIG EAST squads in the Challenge, with Michigan and Ohio State leading the way at 3-0.
Indiana is back in action on Tuesday, with a scheduled game against IPFW at Sembower Field. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m. with live stats and audio available on IUHoosiers.com.
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