Lyon Whacks Two Homers in 7-6 Triumph at Xavier
March 2, 2011
MASON, Ohio - The Indiana University baseball team (4-3) won their first midweek game of the season, grabbing an 8-7 winner at Xavier (2-5). Josh Lyon was the man of the day, blasting two homeruns, a double and four RBI.
Indiana put a four-spot on the board in the top of the first, powered by back-to-back jacks for the Hoosiers. With two men on, Lyon ignited the scoring surge by pulling a pitch over the right field wall for his first homerun of the season. Dillon Dooney followed up with a long-ball of his own, sending a fastball to straight-away center for the 4-0 Hoosier lead.
The Musketeers quickly sliced into the deficit in the bottom half of the inning, pushing two runs across the plate. The first came off an RBI-triple that snuck inside the chalk line before bouncing into the foul territory and caroming off the fence in the corner. A sacrifice fly brought him in the final 90 feet for Xavier's second run.
Xavier was then handed the lead in the second stanza, scoring three runs despite not recording a hit. Two walks, two hit batsmen and a defensive throwing error combined to give the Musketeers a 5-4 edge.
The runs continued the next half inning as IU plated one to even the score at 5-5. Micah Johnson opened with an opposite field flared single. Wes Wilson then launched a shot over the left fielder's head which hopped over the wall on the first bounce for a ground rule double. DeMuth completed the scoring sequence, popping a sacrifice fly into the outfield, allowing Johnson to tag up from third base.
Lyon stepped into the box to lead off the fifth and delivered a solo shot to left center field, his second homer of the day. Xavier matched the IU tally in the sixth inning though to make things all square once again.
T.C. Knipp replaced Wilson defensively in the seventh inning, but came up clutch at the plate in the top of the eighth. He lined a ball right past the pitcher's ear for a single to center. DeMuth's sacrifice bunt then moved him into scoring position. Ty Downing took care of the rest, ripping a swing to drive in the go-ahead run.
Joey DeNato picked up the `W' on the mound, working the rubber for 2.2 innings. In his first career relief appearance, DeNato allowed just one hit while striking out three. His lightning-quick pick off move caught three different Musketeers for easy outs. Fellow freshman Ryan Halstead came on for the ninth, picking up his first career save. Following a balk which put a man on third base, the cucumber-cool Halstead rung up the next batter on three pitches for the final out of the game.
The Hoosiers turn right around and head to Knoxville, Tenn., on Thursday for a weekend tournament hosted by the University of Tennessee. In addition to playing the Volunteers, Indiana will also face Morehead State and Bradley in the round-robin competition.
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