Ball State Sinks Hoosiers in APSU Invitational
Feb. 27, 2009
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - Ball State scored four times in the last three innings to earn a 5-4 victory over the Indiana baseball team on Friday. Matt Bashore scattered seven hits, struck out six and allowed just one run in collecting a no-decision. Evan Crawford hit his first longball of the season in the opener of the Austin Peay Invitational.
Alex Dickerson and Jerrud Sabourin each collected two hits apiece for the Hoosiers (2-2), while Josh Phegley walked four times in the loss. The Cardinal bullpen limited IU to two hits over the last five innings and the Hoosiers stranded 13 runners. Red-hot Eric Nielsen had his third three-hit game of the season for BSU (3-2) and Jeremy Hazelbaker delivered a walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth.
After a quick first inning, the Hoosier bats came alive in the second. Dickerson started things with a single up the middle and Sabourin followed with a single on a hit-and-run to put two on with no out. After Ethan Wilson sacrificed them over, T.C. Knipp got a grounder to short that induced an errant throw home for the first run of the ball game. Tyler Rogers followed with a sacrifice fly to left to make it 2-0 in the second.
In the third, Crawford got things going with his third career home run, a towering shot over the wall in left to make it 3-0. Phegley followed with a one-out walk and Dickerson followed with a hustle single. After Sabourin was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Wilson delivered a sacrifice fly to up Indiana's lead to 4-0.
Indiana had a strong opportunity to increase its lead in the fourth. Rogers hit a leadoff double in the inning, and three batters later moved to third with two out. After Phegley walked to load the bases, Dickerson hit a flyout to left to end the threat. BSU scored quickly in the bottom of the fourth, with back-to-back doubles scoring the first run of the ballgame. But Bashore worked his way out of trouble, getting a pair of groundouts and a 2-5 putout from Phegley to end the threat there.
Neither team scored again until the seventh, when Carr came on to relieve Bashore. The sophomore gave up an infield single and a walk sandwiched around a flyout, but struck Nate Fields out swinging to give the Cardinals two on and two out. After both runners moved up on a steal, Kolbrin Vitek delivered a dribbler through the middle to plate two runs and make it 4-3.
After the Hoosiers left the bases loaded in the top of the eighth, Carr gave up a one-out homer to Nielsen, who went to right center to tie the ball game. Then in the ninth, the Cardinals got a one-out walk off by Hazelbaker to move to 3-2 on the season.
The Hoosiers will take on host Austin Peay tomorrow in the Invitational, with first pitch scheduled for 2:30 CT. Junior Eric Arnett (1-0, 3.00) is scheduled to get the ball on the mound for Indiana against APSU's Stephen Huff (0-1, 3.86).
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