Hoosiers Fend off Illinois State, 6-4
March 5, 2010
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Jerrud Sabourin had three hits and Sterling Mack had two RBI as the Indiana baseball team posted a 6-4 win over Illinois State (4-3) on Friday at the Music City Classic. Mike McKinley collected the win in relief for the Hoosiers (3-5), while Chris Squires pitched the final 1 2/3 for his second save of the year.
Josh Lyon reached base three times and scored two runs and Alex Dickerson reached four times for the Hoosiers. Walker Stadler threw 5 1/3 solid innings for Indiana in his third career start, but was credited with a no-decision. McKinley improved to 2-0 on the year, striking out three in two innings of work. Kenny Long picked up the loss out of the bullpen for ISU.
The Hoosiers got on the board in the first, plating a run on a trio of two-out hits. Sabourin started the rally with a hot shot through the right side and Dickerson followed with a nearly identical base knock. Lyon then came through by blistering a ball down the right-field line to plate Sabourin, but Dickerson was gunned down at the plate to end the inning with IU up 1-0.
After the Redbirds delivered a run on a two-out RBI single in the top of the second, the Hoosiers regained the advantage with a pair of scores in the bottom of the fourth to make it 3-1. Dickerson and Lyon walked consecutively to start the inning, and Michael Earley sacrificed them both into scoring position. After a Tyler Rogers strikeout, Mack came through with a single through the right side to plate two runs and give the Hoosiers back the advantage.
The Redbirds fought back with two tallies of their own in the sixth to chase Stadler from the game. Jake Thornton delivered the decisive hit, drilling a two-run single up the middle to make it 3-3. The Hoosiers and Redbirds continued the back-and-forth, as IU scored an unearned run in the bottom of the sixth and Illinois state countered with a solo tally in the top of the seventh.
The Hoosiers took the lead for good in the bottom of the seventh, as Lyon drew a one-out walk and stole second, then came home when Rogers delivered a clutch single to left, giving the Hoosiers a 5-4 lead. In the top of the eighth, the Redbirds got a runner on with one out and Squires came on in relief of McKinley. After Squires surrendered a single, Lyon gunned down a runner trying to advance on a wild pitch and Squires induced a groundout to end the frame.
After IU added another tally on an RBI single by Sabourin in the bottom of the eighth, Squires retired the side in order in the ninth with two strikeouts and a groundout for his second save of the season and the 13th of his career. The senior is now just two saves shy of matching the school record, set by Chris Wilson (1997-00).
Indiana returns to action on Saturday, when it will face Kent State in the second day of the Music City Classic. Game time is slated for noon CT/1 p.m. ET at Vanderbilt's Hawkins Field. Live stats and audio will be available at IUHoosiers.com.
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