Indiana Blows Past Islanders, 14-3
Feb. 25, 2011
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - The Indiana University baseball team (2-2) handed Texas A&M Corpus Christi (5-1) its first loss of the season Friday night, topping the Islanders by a final score of 14-3, in front of 2,630 fans in attendance at Whataburger Field.
Indiana's lineup lived up to the unofficial state motto as the Hoosier offensive output certainly was bigger in Texas. Eight different Hoosiers recorded a hit, racking up 15 as a team. The 14-run total nearly tripled the three-game compilation from last week in Myrtle Beach.
Much credit must go to the IU bullpen as well, a group which is currently riding a 19.1 inning scoreless streak, dating back to the second game of the season. Speaking of streaks, Alex Dickerson has now tallied a hit in 21 consecutive contests.
IU capitalized on three defensive errors by the Islanders in the opening half inning, scoring four runs for the early lead. Freshman Dustin DeMuth started the damage with a high chopper up the middle for an RBI-single, pushing Jerrud Sabourin across home plate for the first run of the evening.
Wes Wilson was up next, and stroked a hard-hit ball to third base where the Islander defender sailed his throw past his teammate at first, allowing IU to plate two more runs. Dickerson was one of those runners to touch home, having drawn a walk in his first at-bat. He has now reached base in the first inning of all four games this season.
With a two-run second inning for TAMCC combined with a lead-off homer for Jacob Perales to begin the third frame and bases jammed full of Islanders with no outs; IU Head Coach Tracy Smith elected to make a call to the bullpen. It proved to be the right move as Casey Smith took the mound and delivered a backwards K, followed by the inning-ending 5-4-3 double play.
Smith's door-closing performance seemed to spark the Hoosier bats in the subsequent half inning as two Hoosier hits and a walk resulted in a 6-3 advantage. Michael Basil and Dickerson were responsible for driving in the runs.
Smith disposed of TAMCC much the same way in the fourth inning, freezing a batter looking at strike three for the first out and stifling a scoring threat by enticing another twin killing.
Michael Basil's sacrifice bunt moved a pair of Hoosiers into scoring position in the top half of the seventh after Micah Johnson and Ty Downing started the inning with back-to-back singles. Justin Cureton wasted little time clearing the bags, stroking a shot up the middle for his first two RBI of the season. He would then score his first run moments later when Josh Lyon made TAMCC pay for intentionally walking Dickerson ahead of him. Lyon snuck a hot shot over the first base bag and past the infield for a 2-RBI-double; pushing the Hoosiers ahead 10-3.
Freshman catcher Ty Downing tacked on two more runs in the eighth inning, sending a pitch over the left field wall for a two-run homerun. Indiana poured on two more tallies before the night ended, coming away with the 14-3 victory.
The Hoosiers are back it Saturday afternoon for their second game of the Kleberg Bank Classic, facing #14 Connecticut inside Whataburger Field at 2 pm local time (3 pm eastern).
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