Hoosiers Shut Down Georgia Southern, 5-1
Feb. 25, 2007
DOTHAN, Ala. - Tyler Tufts pitched a complete game six-hitter, as the Indiana baseball team (1-2) got its first win of 2007 with a 5-1 victory over Georgia Southern (8-6) on Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Wiregrass Baseball Classic. Evan Crawford had his second multihit game of his career, going 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs and a run in the victory.
Tufts went the full nine, throwing 108 pitches for his third career game. The sophomore walked one and struck out three in the victory. On the offensive side, Tyler Cox went 1-for-3 with an RBI single and a run scored, while Jon Fixler, Josh Richardson and Josh Phegley each had hits in the contest.
The Hoosiers got on the board in the fifth by putting four runs in the ledger. Fixler and Chris Hervey began the inning by reaching on errors, and after an Andrew Means fielder's choice, Fixler trotted home on a Cox single to make the score 1-0. After a wild pitch moved the runners up, Crawford laced a single to center to plate two more runs. After earning a pair of bases from GSU miscues, Crawford scored on a Keith Haas foulout to first.
The Eagles responded with a run in the top of the sixth after Tufts got the first two outs. Matt Miller drew a walk then moved up to second on a wild pitch. Jeremy Beckham followed up by slapping a single to right field to break the shutout and make the score 4-1.
IU added an insurance run in the eighth after Phegley posted his first career hit with a single through the left side. A bunt and a wild pitch moved Phegley to third, and a sacrifice fly by pinch hitter Sterling Mack made the score 5-1.
The Hoosiers turned three double plays in the contest, as Tufts induced 16 GSU ground balls to just five flyouts in the game.
Indiana is back in action on Friday, March 2, at noon CST, when it faces Eastern Illinois at the AutoZone Classic in Memphis, Tenn. IU will also face Memphis and Northern Iowa at the event.
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