Twin Killings Doom Hoosiers in 10-6 Defeat
March 4, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Eastern Michigan starter Jordan Glover got five double plays in the six groundouts he recorded to help the Eagles to a 10-6 win over Indiana on Wednesday in the Hoosiers' home opener. Josh Lyon went 3-for-4 for the Hoosiers (3-4), while leadoff man Jim Gulliver reached base five times and scored three runs for the Eagles (3-6).
Gulliver allowed seven hits and five walks for EMU, but the double plays limited IU to score just three runs - one earned - off the starter. The Eagles busted the door open with a five-run fifth and added a trio of insurance runs in the eighth for the win.
Kipp Schutz and Jerrud Sabourin each went 2-for-5 for Indiana, while Evan Crawford scored two runs and stole a base despite going 0-for-2. Sabourin extended his hitting streak to seven games in the win, while Crawford saw his snapped at nine contests. Alex Dickerson had a hit in five at-bats, but saw his streak of five straight multi-hit games come to a close.
Headed to the ninth down 10-5, the Hoosiers rallied to bring the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the frame. With two men out, Indiana got three straight singles, from Sabourin, pinch-hitter T.C. Knipp and Lyon to score a run and put runners at first and second. Cody Webber followed by drawing a walk to load the bags, but Michael Earley - in his first game back from an injury - grounded out to third to end the rally.
EMU put a run on the board in the first, but the Hoosiers responded by scoring two unearned runs in the bottom of the frame. Crawford walked and stole second, then came around to score when Schutz' hard grounder was misplayed by Aaron Crooks at second base. After a Josh Phegley walk, Dickerson bounced into a double play, but Sabourin followed with an RBI single to make it 2-1 Hoosiers.
After the Eagles netted an unearned run to tie the score in the second, the Hoosiers regained the lead in the fourth. With one out, Tyler Rogers started things with a single to left and Lyon followed with a double off the wall to put a pair of runners in scoring position. Webber drove in his second run of the year by lacing a pitch into left to bring Rogers home and make it 3-2 in favor of the home squad.
Eastern used five hits to plate their five runs in the fifth. Three hits and a hit batsman put two runs on the board, and following a sac bunt to put two men in scoring position, Matt Carr was brought in to relieve Joey O'Gara. O'Gara fell to 0-1 after giving up six hits and four earned runs in 4 1/3. Carr gave up a walk and two singles to the first three men he faced to send three more runs home and give EMU a 7-3 lead.
The Hoosiers rallied in the seventh as a Crawford walk and a Schutz double put two men in scoring position with one out. Phegley delivered an RBI single just out of Gulliver's reach at shortstop, but Dickerson was retired on a dribbler to pitcher and Sabourin fouled out to third to end the threat. EMU scored three runs off Carr - only one earned - in the top of the eighth before Joe Vicini came on to end the threat with a flyout.
In the eighth, two walks and a hit batsman loaded the sacks for IU, but sidearmer Kevin Wammes came in to put out the fire, getting a foulout, a sac fly and a strikeout to limit the damage to just one run. Indiana stranded 12 men in addition to the five twin killings.
The Hoosiers are back in action this weekend at the Eagle Invitational in Statesboro, Ga. IU will take on host Georgia Southern, East Carolina and LeMoyne at the weekend event. The opener against Georgia Southern will be at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, and the game will be carried live across Southern Indiana on Hoosier Country 105.1 FM. Live audio and stats will be available for all three games on IUHoosiers.com.
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