Hoosiers Topped By Illinois State
Feb. 29, 2008
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - Andrew Means had three hits, including a pair of triples, but the Indiana baseball team was toppled by Illinois State 12-5 on Friday. Michael Earley added a pair of hits and drove in two for the Hoosiers.
Illinois State got off to a lucky start in the first, as the leadoff hitter Mike Stalowy hit a lofty flyball to center, but Means slipped on the waterlogged field and Stalowy went all the way to third with a leadoff triple. Ronnie Calvird then singled him home to give the Redbirds a 1-0 lead.
The Hoosiers responded in the top of the third after Means delivered a one-out triple to deep left center. Evan Crawford brought home the junior with a fielder's choice grounder to shortstop to knot the game up at 1-1. But ISU came right back with four in the bottom of the frame, the crucial blow coming on a three-run home run off the bat of Corey Maines that gave ISU a 5-1 lead.
But Indiana fought back for a run in the top of the fifth, once again a Means triple setting up the rally. This time it was Josh Phegley delivering an RBI on a grounder, though the sophomore reached base after the throw from the shortstop went wild and the Hoosiers trimmed the lead to 5-2.
In the fifth, Indiana rallied once again, scoring three runs to draw even with the Redbirds. Chris Hervey started the inning off by reaching on an error by the third baseman and Jerrud Sabourin followed with a walk to give the Hoosiers two on and none out. After Brad Henke struck out, the two runners moved up 90 feet on a wild pitch. That's when Earley delivered with a two-run double down the left-field line to score both and draw IU within one. Earley moved up on a balk and then came home on a Tyler Rogers sac fly that knotted the game at 5-5.
Once again, though, the Redbirds responded, and in the bottom of the sixth got six consecutive base hits and a walk, with only a pickoff retiring a batter. By the end of the inning, five ISU batsmen had crossed the plate to make the score 10-5 in favor of the Redbirds. ISU then added a pair more in the bottom of the seventh to push the score to the final margin.
Tyler Tufts picked up the loss after throwing 5.0 innings and allowing 11 hits. Joe Vicini, Eric Arnett and Anthony Cera combined to allow five runs in two innings of work, while Joey O'Gara did not allow a hit in his Indiana debut.
The Hoosiers return to action on Saturday in the second game of the Austin Peay Invitational. IU will take on APSU at 2:30 CST at Raymond C. Hand Park.
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