Hoosiers' Late Rally Comes Up Short
Feb. 23, 2008
BATON ROUGE, La. - The Indiana baseball team rallied from five runs down to trim the deficit to one heading into the ninth, but could come no closer as LSU took a 5-4 decision on Saturday. Tyler Rogers was the standout for the Hoosiers on both sides of the ball, as he bashed a pair of doubles and drove in two runs for Indiana.
Kipp Schutz and Josh Phegley each had two hits for the Hoosiers as well, while Michael Earley, Jerrud Sabourin and Brad Henke each posted a single for IU. Matt Bashore picked up the loss despite allowing just one earned run and striking out nine in his 4 1/3 innings of work.
Down 5-0 entering the top of the eighth, the Hoosiers rallied with one out. After Evan Crawford flied out to lead off the inning, Phegley singled to right center and Schutz followed with a roller just out of the reach of the diving second baseman to give IU runners at the corners with one down. Brian Lambert then pinch-hit for Earley and was hit by a pitch to load the bases with one down.
Sabourin followed, but the freshman was caught looking at a back-door breaking ball on 3-2 that just caught the inside corner for the second out. Nolan Cain then came in for the Tigers and allowed back-to-back walks to Chris Hervey and pinch-hitter T.C. Knipp to plate a pair of runs for the Hoosiers. Then Rogers ripped a ball over the shortstop and into the left-center field corner to score two more runs and trim the deficit to one. But Paul Bertuccini came in for LSU and got Andrew Means to fly out to left-center to end the threat.
After Eric Arnett retired the Tigers in the eighth, Crawford came to the plate to lead off the inning against freshman closer Daniel Bradshaw. Crawford hit a line drive to left center, but Jared Mitchell was able to snare it for the first out of the inning. After Phegley grounded out, Schutz stepped in with a chance to tie the game. The redshirt freshman worked the count to 1-1, then hit a towering fly ball down the right field line that went just foul to make the count 1-2. Schutz worked a single to extend the inning, but Lambert was retired on a flyout to the warning track in left field to end the game.
Bashore came out red hot for the Hoosiers on the mound, striking out the side in the first. He continued to mow through the order with a K in the second, but in the third he ran into his first trouble of the afternoon. Nicholas Pontiff slapped a one-out double into the right-center corner and then advanced to third on a wild pitch. Michael Hollander then hit a grounder to third to score Pontiff and make it 1-0.
Bashore struck out a pair of hitters in both the third and fourth, but allowed an unearned run to come across in the fourth on a questionable call. With one on and one out, Matt Clark hit a high fly ball to right and Schutz got under it, but the ball popped out as the Evansville native tried to transfer it to his hand. But the umpire ruled that Schutz never had control and the Tigers moved a run across on an RBI groundout by Matt Gaudet.
In the top of the fifth, Chris Hervey nearly put the Hoosiers on the board, as he sent a rocket toward deep left, but the ball tailed foul of the pole for the first out of the inning. Brad Henke followed with a single and Rogers doubled him to third, but an Andrew Means popout and a Crawford groundout ended the threat for IU.
LSU scored again in the bottom half of the inning, as Bashore walked the leadoff man and saw the second hitter reach on an error. After another walk loaded the bases, Bashore got Mitchell to strike out swinging for the first out of the inning. But Blake Dean followed with a soft single to right to plate a single run and leave the bases loaded to end Bashore's day. But Arnett came in and worked out of a jam, getting a flyout and a groundout to end the inning.
In the seventh, Hervey and Henke reached to lead off the inning, but a Rogers foulout and a Means double play ended the threat. The Tigers responded with a pair of runs, the second scoring on a double by Sean Ochinko. Arnett rebounded, though, getting Matt Clark to pop out and Gaudet to line to Rogers, who made a diving play on a scorcher to keep the runner in place. He then struck out DJ LeMahieu to end the inning.
Arnett pitched 3 2/3 strong innings of relief, allowing three hits and one walk while striking out two. The Hoosiers stranded 10 men on base, while the Tigers left nine. Indiana had nine hits to LSU's seven in the contest.
The Hoosiers and Tigers will wrap up the series on Sunday as first pitch is slated for 11 a.m. CST/Noon. EST. Live audio will be available FREE on IUHoosiers.com starting 15 minutes prior to the contest.
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