Bashore Leads Hoosiers to 9-1 Victory
March 1, 2008
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - Matt Bashore pitched a brilliant six innings of work and Andrew Means had three hits as the Indiana baseball team (2-3) notched a 9-1 victory over Austin Peay State on Saturday afternoon. Bashore allowed just four hits and three walks, striking out five as he lowered his season ERA to 0.83.
Means had three hits for the second straight contest, as the center fielder also scored three runs and drove in a pair in IU's victory. Evan Crawford added a 3-for-4 game, while Josh Phegley and Kipp Schutz each added two hits. IU's top four hitters were a combined 10-for-18 in the contest with seven runs scored and seven RBI.
In addition to Bashore's strong work, Chris McCombs and Chris Squires made their 2008 debuts for IU. McCombs allowed one hit and one walk, striking out two in his two innings of work. Squires struck out the side in the ninth for the Hoosiers. The lone APSU run was unearned.
Indiana got things going in the first inning with Means hitting a leadoff single and Crawford following with a single of his own. After Phegley struck out, Schutz delivered a sacrifice fly to center field to score Means and put IU up 1-0 in the top of the first.
In the third, it was Means and Crawford doing it again, as Means delivered a leadoff single once again. Then, Crawford ripped an 0-1 pitch to deep left center that split the center and left fielders and rolled all the way to the wall. Means came all the way around from first and Crawford slid into third with a triple. Two batters later, Schutz tallied another RBI, this time slapping a single into the outfield to score Crawford and stretch the lead to 3-0.
In the fifth, the Hoosiers rallied for some magic with two outs, as Phegley got things started with a single to center. After Schutz walked, Chris Hervey delivered a single between short and third, bringing Phegley all the way around from second after losing his shoe while rounding third to stretch IU's lead to 4-0.
The sixth inning saw IU blow the game wide open against relief pitcher Jeff Lykins. Brad Henke ripped the first pitch he saw off the left-field wall for a leadoff double and Michael Earley was hit by a pitch next. After Tyler Rogers sacrificed the runners over, Means ripped a single into left field to bring both runners around and make it 6-0. After Crawford singled, Phegley ripped a single to center to bring Means around, and then Schutz brought Crawford around with a single of his own. Phegley then scored from third on a wild pitch and IU held a 9-0 edge.
Meanwhile, Bashore was dealing, as he allowed just an infield single and a bunt single over the first five innings. In the sixth, the Governors put together a pair of singles and a walk to load the bases with two outs, but Bashore was able to get Greg Bachman to bounce into a fielder's choice to end the threat.
The Hoosiers will take on Valparaiso in the final game of the Austin Peay Invitational on Sunday at 11 a.m. CST. Live audio and GameTracker will be available for the contest on IUHoosiers.com
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