Hoosiers Fall To Troy, 4-3, To Open Season
Feb. 23, 2007
DOTHAN, Ala. - The Indiana baseball team got solid pitching, but was topped in 10 innings by Troy, 4-3, in its 2007 season opener. Freshmen Brian Lambert and Josh Phegley got their first career RBIs in the contest, while classmate Evan Crawford went 2-for-4 in the contest.
Junior Doug Fleenor pitched six innings and allowed just one earned run on eight hits, while Joe Vicini added two innings of scoreless relief. Josh Dew picked up the win for Troy, who moved to 6-3 on the season, while Chris McCombs picked up the loss for IU.
Troy finished off the game in the bottom of the 10th on an RBI single by Prince after the Trojans got a pair of singles in the inning. McCombs nearly struck Prince out on an 0-2 pitch, but Prince stroked the next pitch into right field to score Grant Luke.
The Trojans got on the board with a pair of unearned runs in the first inning, then added one in the second. After getting a run in, Troy had the bases loaded with one out, but Matt Tanzi grounded a ball just in front of the plate and pitcher Doug Fleenor scampered in, flipped the ball to Josh Phegley, and Phegley finished off the 1-2-3 double play.
The Hoosiers got on the board with a pair of runs in the fourth. IU put the first two runners aboard with a pair of infield singles by Keith Haas and Brian Lambert. Phegley moved the runners over with a fly ball to right, and Kipp Schutz added a sacrifice fly to make the score 3-1. Jon Fixler followed with an RBI single up the middle to trim the deficit to one.
IU used small ball again to tie the score in the fifth, with Evan Crawford reaching on a two-out infield single. Haas followed with a walk, then Lambert slapped an 0-2 offering from Joe Hallahan into right field to score Crawford and tie the score at two.
The two teams amped up their pitching over the next four innings, as IU allowed just two hits and Troy allowed just one. The Trojans threatened in the ninth after getting leadoff man Ian Craze on. Craze took off on a 1-0 pitch, Brett Henry swung and missed, and Phegley threw a laser to second base to nab the Trojans' top base stealer. Junior Chris McCombs retired the last two batters to get out of the inning and send the game into extra innings.
The Hoosiers got a golden opportunity to go ahead in the top of the 10th, as Andrew Means reached and advanced to second on a throwing error by pitcher Tim Wheeler. But Means got caught off second on a Crawford bunt attempt, and the Trojans got out of the inning behind the pitching of top reliever Josh Dew.
The Hoosiers are back in action tomorrow in their second game of the Wiregrass Baseball Classic, when they face Southern Mississippi at 2 p.m. CST. The Golden Eagles defeated Georgia Southern 7-1 in their first game at the Wiregrass Classic.
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