No. 34 LSU Bests Hoosiers, 7-1
Feb. 23, 2008
BATON ROUGE, La. - The Indiana baseball team was tripped up in its first contest of the 2008 season by No. 34 LSU, 7-1. Freshman Jerrud Sabourin went 2-for-2 and drove in IU's run in the game, while Andrew Means had a 2-for-4 outing in his 2008 debut.
Josh Phegley went 1-for-4 with a run for the Hoosiers, and the catcher also gunned down a pair of baserunners before moving to left field for his first career appearance in the outfield. Evan Crawford, Kipp Schutz and Tyler Rogers each had single hits for Indiana in the loss.
The Tigers got on the board in the first inning on three consecutive singles. Leadoff hitter Ryan Schimpf started things off with a bouncing ball up the middle and Jared Mitchell followed by hitting a hard grounder over the head of Tyler Cox at third base to give the Tigers runners at first and second. Blake Dean followed with a single to center that plated Schimpf and LSU took a 1-0 lead. But Hoosier starter Tyler Tufts bore down and got cleanup hitter Sean Ochinko to strike out looking and then induced a 4-6-3 double play off the bat of Matt Clark to end the inning.
The Hoosiers tried to answer in the top of the second with a two-out rally. With two down, Tyler Reimer drew a walk and Rogers followed with a bunt single, but Brian Lambert was unable to plate a run as Jared Bradford got him swinging for one of his eight Ks on the night.
In the third, the Tigers struck for four more runs with the top of the order doing much of the damage again. Schimpf got things started with a triple to the right-center gap and Mitchell sent him home with a single up the middle. Dean added another single to give the Tigers two on and none out, but Tufts again got a crucial double play to put a runner on third and two down. This time, though, LSU got its offense rolling, as Clark, Matt Gaudet and Leon Landry put together three straight hits, the final one a triple, to plate three more runs and make the tally 5-0.
The Tigers got a solo run in the fourth and chased Tufts in the fifth after a leadoff walk by Gaudet, as the sophomore was replaced by freshman Anthony Agnew. Agnew allowed one hit and a hit batsman in the inning to allow Gaudet to score, but helped IU escape without any further damage as the Tigers held a 7-0 edge.
IU notched its lone run in the top of the sixth after Phegley led the inning off with his first hit of the season. Schutz advanced him on a grounder to the right side, and two batters later Sabourin, in his first collegiate at-bat, ripped a single right up the middle to score the Terre Haute native and make the tally 7-1.
The Hoosiers mounted another rally in the seventh, as Brad Henke drew a one-out walk. Means followed with an infield single to give Indiana a pair of runners on with one out. But Crawford and Phegley each hit flies to the opposite field that fell short of the wall and Indiana found itself on the wrong end of the 7-1 decision.
Kyle Leiendecker and Anthony Cera each pitched scoreless innings in their first college appearances, with Leiendecker working a perfect seventh. Dylan Swift also made his collegiate debut in the game, coming in to catch in the seventh.
The Hoosiers and Tigers will do battle again on Saturday as first pitch is slated for 1 p.m. CST/2 p.m. EST. Live audio will be available FREE on IUHoosiers.com starting 15 minutes prior to the contest.
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