Hoosiers Take Out #14 UCONN, 3-1
Feb. 26, 2011
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - The Indiana University baseball team (3-2) won its third consecutive ball game Saturday afternoon, topping #14 Connecticut (1-4) by the final score of 3-1. It marked the Hoosiers' second victory over a top-20 opponent in as many weekends.
Blake Monar (1-0) allowed just one run for the second straight start, working the mound for 5 1/3 innings. He lowered his season ERA to 1.74, giving up the lone run on five hits, one walk while striking out six Huskies. Chad Martin took over with one out in the sixth, completing the final 3 2/3 innings for the Cream and Crimson. The Hoosier bullpen's scoreless innings streak is 23 heading into Sunday.
Alex Dickerson kept his streak alive as well, recording a hit for the 22nd consecutive game. The junior left-hander ripped off three hits on the day, including a three-run homerun in the third inning.
The Huskies lit the scoreboard first, sneaking a run across the plate right away in the top of the first inning. Three singles made it through the left side of the infield, putting UCONN ahead 1-0.
Facing a strong wind blowing in from right field off the ocean, Dickerson sent a Matt Barnes fastball piercing through the gust for the game-winning three-run laser over the wall in right center field. Dickerson and Barnes are not strangers, both playing for Team USA over the summer.
The inning began with Michael Basil lacing a pitch to left field to start the rally. After Justin Cureton was beaned, Jerrud Sabourin laid down a SAC bunt to push a pair of Hoosiers into scoring position. Dickerson's long ball advanced them the final 90 and 180 feet, respectively.
Dickerson would later hit a ball in the fifth inning which, arguably, was struck harder than his homerun. The shot went to straight away center, however, and the Poway, Calif., native had to settle for a double reaching the warning track on the fly.
Indiana looks for their fourth win of the year and the Kleberg Bank Classic title on Sunday, facing Oregon State (3-2) at 11 a.m. local time (Noon eastern). Live video and live stats are each available on the IUHoosiers.com's baseball schedule page.
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