Hoosiers Topple Northern Iowa, 4-2
March 4, 2007
Memphis, Tenn. - The Indiana baseball team improved to 3-3 on the season with a 4-2 victory over Northern Iowa in its final game at the AutoZone Classic. Matt Bashore picked up the victory in his first career start, pitching 7 1/3 strong innings on the mound. The Hoosiers finished as runners-up to host Memphis at the round-robin event.
Bashore pitched 7 1/3 innings, allowing five hits and three walks. He gave up two runs, one earned, and struck out four in his first collegiate start. Eric Arnett pitched the final 1 2/3, retiring five of the six batters he faced, two via strikeout.
The Hoosiers were led offensively by Kipp Schutz, who had three hits in four at bats and an RBI. Keith Haas and Evan Crawford each added a pair of hits apiece, while Josh Phegley reached base three times and scored twice. Crawford has registered a hit in all six games of his career, and is now hitting .520 with a team-leading seven runs. All four hitters were named to the all-tournament team.
UNI got on the board in the first with a pair of two out hits. Brandon Douglas slapped a double just out of the reach of third baseman Tyler Cox and into the left field corner. He came around to score when Brett Featherston smacked a single up the middle to make the score 1-0. The Panthers added another solo run in the third on an RBI single by Dane Embury.
Indiana knotted the score 2-2 with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth. Haas and Phegley walked to start the inning, and then Schutz followed with a double slicing into the left field corner to plate Haas. Two batters later, Phegley scored on an RBI groundout by Josh Richardson.
The Hoosiers grabbed their first lead of the contest with a run in the bottom of the fifth. Crawford reached with a one-out single through the left side and promptly stole second. He moved up to third on a Sterling Mack groundout, and then Haas brought him home with a single to right field, making the score 3-2.
Indiana is back in action with a pair of mid-week games on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Hoosiers travel to Indiana State for a 4 p.m. EST contest on Tuesday, March 6, then return to Sembower Field to face Butler for their home opener at 3 p.m. on Wednesday.
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