Phegley Cycles Hoosiers Past Valparaiso
March 2, 2008
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - Josh Phegley went 5-for-5 and posted the first cycle by an Indiana player since Joe Kemp against Michigan State on May 7, 2005, to lead the Hoosiers to a 17-14 victory over Valparaiso on Sunday. Phegley also drove in five runs and scored four to finish off the Austin Peay Invitational.
Phegley hit .571 for the weekend, driving in seven runs and scoring six as the Hoosiers went 2-1 at the Invitational. Ethan Wilson also hit his first career home run for the Hoosiers in the victory, while seven of Indiana's nine starters had multi-hit games in the win.
The Hoosiers got ahead 2-0 in the first after Andrew Means and Evan Crawford had consecutive singles. Phegley then ripped a double to center to score one run and a Kipp Schutz groundout made it 2-0 in favor of IU. The two teams went back-and-forth for the next couple innings, as IU and Valpo were tied at 3-3 heading to the bottom of the third.
In the third, the Hoosier offense exploded for six runs, as Phegley and Schutz got things going with back-to-back triples to start things. Jerrud Sabourin then drove in a run with a single and T.C. Knipp followed with a single of his own. Tyler Rogers added a third consecutive single before Wilson delivered a towering home run to left field to make the score 9-3.
But Valpo came right back with seven runs, all coming with two outs, to regain the lead at 10-9. Then Phegley came to the plate and delivered his first career home run by driving a pitch to dead center to send Crawford home and give IU an 11-10 edge.
The Hoosiers added five runs in the bottom of the fifth to gain the lead for good at 16-10. Phegley capped off his cycle with a two-run single in the frame, becoming the first Hoosier with five RBI since Jon Fixler did so against Florida A&M last season.
Crawford had three hits for the second straight game, while Schutz, Chris Hervey, Rogers and Wilson had two apiece. Every member of the starting lineup scored for IU, while seven drove in runs.
Kyle Leiendecker improved to 2-0 with four innings of work, though he allowed the seven runs in the third and one in the sixth. Chris Squires pitched the eighth and the ninth to collect his first career save in the win.
The Hoosiers will take Indiana State in a midweek game on Wednesday in Terre Haute. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. EST. Live audio and GameTracker will be available for the contest on IUHoosiers.com.
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