Hoosiers Knock Off No. 34 LSU
Feb. 24, 2008
BATON ROUGE, La. - Behind 14 hits and spectacular bullpen work from the duo of Doug Fleenor and Kyle Leiendecker, the Indiana baseball team notched its first win of the season with a 7-6, come-from-behind victory over No. 34 LSU. Evan Crawford had three hits for Indiana, while five other players had two-hit games for the Hoosiers.
Fleenor entered the game in the first inning after Jarrett Casey was hit for four runs in 2/3 of an inning. He went on to pitch 5 1/3 innings, allowing seven hits and one walk as two Tigers scored in his time. Leiendecker came on to start the seventh and was lights out, allowing two hits in his three innings of work, striking out three, including the final batter of the game.
Jerrud Sabourin continued his strong play for the Hoosiers at first base, delivering a pair of hits in three at-bats and driving in runs in the fourth and sixth innings. Andrew Means had two hits and scored a pair of runs, while Josh Phegley, Kipp Schutz and Brad Henke each went 2-for-4.
The Hoosiers got on the board in the first with Means and Crawford starting things with back-to-back singles to give IU runners at the corners and nobody out. Phegley then hit into a 6-4-3 double play, but Means came across to make the score 1-0. In the Tiger half of the first, the first four hitters reached and Blake Dean had a three-run shot to right field to give the home squad a 4-1 lead at the end of one inning.
The Hoosiers scratched back with a run in the top of the fourth after Crawford singled and stole second. The Tigers got a pair of outs, but Hervey walked and then Sabourin sent a ball the other way into left field to plate Crawford and make it 4-2.
After LSU got a single run in the bottom of the fifth, the Hoosiers got a rally going, as Crawford and Phegley started the inning with back-to-back singles. After a wild pitch, Schutz walked to load the bases, and then Hervey roped a 1-1 pitch down the left-field line and into the corner for a standup double to score two. Sabourin then hit a sac fly to deep left center that plated Schutz and moved Hervey up 90 feet, and then Michael Earley got an RBI groundout to give IU a 6-5 lead.
That lead was short-lived though, as a double followed by a single led to an LSU solo run in the bottom of the inning. Neither squad was able to score in the eighth or the ninth, which is when the Hoosiers plated their go-ahead run.
Means led off the inning by hitting a single deep in the hole to short. DJ LeMahieu fielded it and rushed the throw, bouncing it into the stands. Means was credited with an infield single on the play with the throwing error advancing him to second. He moved up on a sac bunt by Crawford and scored on a sac fly by Phegley to give IU the lead.
In the bottom half, Leiendecker got the first two out before surrendering a double to Sean Ochinko. Then, he got ahead of Leon Landry and put the designated hitter away with a high fastball that Landry could not catch up to, finishing the victory. Leiendecker picked up his first career win in the game.
Indiana is back in action next weekend, when it travels to Clarksville, Tenn., for the Austin Peay Tournament. The Hoosiers will take on Illinois State, Austin Peay and Valparaiso in the set.
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