Hoosiers Edged by Indiana State, 5-3
March 6, 2007
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The Indiana baseball team (3-4) was bested by in-state rival Indiana State at Sycamore Field, 5-3. A first-inning grand slam by Nick Ciolli proved the difference in the game. Sterling Mack reached base three times and scored all three IU runs in the loss.
The Hoosiers got on the board with a single run in the top of the second. Mack was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and moved up to second on a Tyler Cox single through the right side. After both runners moved up on a groundout by Evan Crawford, Mack scampered home when Chad Dawson's pitch skipped away from the catcher to make the score 4-1.
Indiana added another single run in the top of the fourth, with Mack leading off the inning with a single up the middle. After Cox walked, Andrew Means legged out a bunt single to load the bases. Crawford got Mack home on a sacrifice fly to left to trim the deficit to 4-2.
Mack scored his third run of the day in the top of the sixth after leading off the inning with a walk. A double by Means to right center and a walk by Crawford loaded the bases for Josh Richardson, who got Mack home on a fielder's choice to make the margin just one, but ISU got back an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth to increase its lead to 5-3 in the contest.
Starter Chris Squires (0-1) went just one inning, allowing five hits and four earned runs. The Hoosier bullpen of Billy Kitchen, Joe Vicini and J.T. Larson pitched the next seven innings, giving up just three hits and one unearned run, striking out six in the contest.
Crawford extended his hitting streak to seven games on a 1-for-3 effort from the plate, and is now hitting .500 for the season. Andrew Means went 3-for-4 at the dish, including a double, to up his season average to .364.
Chad Dawson picked up his first win of the season for the Sycamores, throwing five innings and allowing three runs. Adam Lindsay pitched brilliant in relief, allowing just three hits over four innings for his second save of the season.
The Hoosiers will return to action on Wednesday, March 7, for their home opener at Sembower Field against Butler. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. EST.
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