No. 20 ECU Knocks Off Hoosiers, 5-3
March 7, 2009
STATESBORO, Ga. - Eric Arnett pitched nine strong innings and Cody Webber had three hits, but the Indiana baseball team continued its tough luck in a 5-3 loss to No. 20 East Carolina on Saturday. Alex Dickerson hit his third home run of the year for Indiana (3-6), while ECU (8-1) manufactured five runs on 10 hits.
After falling behind 4-0, IU rallied with solo runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to trim the deficit to 4-3. Down 4-2 in the seventh, consecutive singles by Webber and Jake Dunning and a throwing error by pitcher Brad Mincey loaded the bases with nobody out. Jerrud Sabourin then delivered an RBi single through the right side to bring one run home and keep the bases loaded with Josh Phegley coming to the plate. The junior catcher crushed a 2-0 pitch, but it was lined straight at the shortstop, who flipped to second to turn the double play. Dickerson was then struck out to end the threat.
Indiana got a pair of runners on in the eighth on singles by Tyler Rogers and Webber with two down, but pinch hitter T.C. Knipp bounced out to first to end the threat. After ECU got an insurance run in the top of the ninth, closer Seth Simmons came on to strike out two in the bottom of the frame to seal a 5-3 victory.
East Carolina got an unearned run in the second and added a pair of additional tallies in the third, both coming home on a two-run single by Kyle Roller that bounced over the head of Arnett and into center field. A solo homer by Stephen Batts in the fifth made it 4-0.
IU got one back in the fifth after a leadoff double by Webber and a single by Dunning, as Evan Crawford delivered an RBI fielder's choice to score Webber. In the sixth, Dickerson led off by crushing the first pitch he saw over the wall in right center to make it 4-2. The freshman leads Indiana with 12 RBI on the year.
Arnett went the full nine, giving up 10 hits while facing a team that was hitting .403 as a unit entering the game. The junior scattered four walks, and only three of his five runs were earned. For the third straight start, he registered a career high in strikeouts, setting down 10 Pirates in the game.
Indiana will conclude the Holiday Inn Eagle Invitational on Sunday at 11 a.m. ET at JI Clements Stadium. The Hoosiers will take on Le Moyne in the final game in Statesboro for both teams.
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