Hoosiers Shut Down Bulldogs, 6-0
March 7, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Josh Phegley hit three doubles and four Indiana pitchers combined for an eight-hit shutout, as the Hoosiers topped Butler 6-0. Evan Crawford added two hits to extend his hitting streak to eight games as IU improved to 4-4 on the season.
McCombs pitched six innings, allowing seven hits and striking out five to improve to 1-1 on the season. The trio of Jason Ferrell, Doug Fleenor and Danny Rosenbaum allowed just one hit and one walk over the final three innings to close out the game. Tyler Cox and Keith Haas each had two hits in the victory, while Andrew Means scored two runs and stole his team-leading third base of the season.
The Hoosiers got on the board quickly, plating a run in the bottom of the first two go up 1-0. IU used a two-out rally, as Keith Haas ripped a single up the middle, then was doubled home by Josh Phegley, whose looping line drive fell just out of the reach of right fielder Ricky Chomicz.
Indiana added an unearned run in the third after Means reached on an error by the second baseman to lead off the inning. After Means swiped second, Crawford followed with his first hit of the day, a soft single to right field. With runners at the corners and nobody out, Sterling Mack drove Means home and Crawford to third with a single through the left side on a well-executed hit and run to make the score 2-0.
Phegley got things started in the sixth with his second double of the contest, this one a scorcher down the left-field line. He advanced to third on a groundout to the pitcher, then scored two batters later, when Chris Hervey hit a grounder to short and Joe Pauley threw high to first to draw Kyle Cox off the bag.
The Hoosiers broke things open with three runs in the bottom of the seventh to make the score 6-0 on four hits and a walk. Cox got things going with his second infield hit of the day, and Means walked to move him up 90 feet. With two on and none out, Crawford dropped down a bunt to the pitcher, whose throw glanced off Crawford and into foul territory, plating Cox. Ben Greenspan followed with a pinch-hit RBI groundout, and two batters later, Phegley plated Crawford with a double down the right field line.
Ryan Kruska picked up the loss for the Bulldogs to fall to 0-1 on the year, while Pauley led all Butler players with three hits. Dustin Bucalo and Chomicz each posted a pair of hits in a losing effort.
Indiana returns to action this weekend when it travels to Tallahassee, Fla., for three-game set with second-ranked and undefeated Florida State. The action will get started at 6 p.m. EST on Friday, March 9.
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