No. 25 Vanderbilt Edges Hoosiers in Extra Innings
March 7, 2010
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Indiana baseball team battled back-and-forth with No. 25 Vanderbilt for 11 innings, but the Commodores (10-1) came away with a 6-5 victory on Sunday at Hawkins Field. Alex Dickerson hit a three-run home run and Jerrud Sabourin had two hits to go along with three shutout innings of relief in a losing effort.
Micah Johnson and Tyler Rogers each had two hits for the Hoosiers, who used seven pitchers in the loss. Matt Ernest threw three scoreless innings, while Casey Smith tossed 1 2/3 strong innings of work as well. Chris Squires collected the loss, surrendering two hits and one run in his 1 1/3 innings. Chase Reid got the victory for the Commodores with 3 2/3 innings of scoreless relief out of the pen.
Vandy had the winning run in scoring position in both the ninth and 10th innings. Squires came on with one out in the bottom of the 10th to strand the bases loaded, one of three times that the Commodores left them loaded in the game. In the 11th, Vanderbilt delivered a leadoff bunt single and a stolen base from Connor Harrell to put the winning run in scoring position. Riley Reynolds then moved the runner to third with a groundout, but with the infield in, Squires retired Joe Loftus on a groundout and hold Harrell at third. With two away, though, Anthony Gomez delivered an RBI single through the right side for the victory.
The Hoosiers struck first in the game, jumping on starter Jack Armstrong with three hits and three runs in the first. Michael Earley and Sabourin started the rally with back-to-back singles and then Dickerson came to the plate. The sophomore blasted the first pitch he saw over the wall in right center to give the Hoosiers a 3-0 edge. IU then got runners on the corners with two down and tried to execute a double steal, but Josh Lyon was tagged out in a bang-bang play at the plate to end the inning.
Vandy scored an unearned run without a hit in the first, then added two more runs on two hits in the second to chase starter Ethan Wilson from the game. Ernest came on and surrendered a walk to load the bases with one out and two runs already in, but got a grounder to third for a force out at home and a groundout to first to end the threat with the score tied at 3-3.
In the top of the sixth, the Hoosiers regained the lead with two runs on three hits. After the first two hitters were retired, Michael Basil was hit by a pitch and moved to third on a stolen base and a wild pitch. Rogers followed by drilling a single to right field to bring Basil home and make it 4-3. Wes Wilson followed with an infield single and then Johnson drilled a double to left center to plate Rogers and make it 5-3 Hoosiers.
Vandy got a solo run in the sixth off two hits, then tied the score on an Andrew Giobbi RBI single in the seventh. Sabourin then came on with the bases loaded and one out in the seventh and got a force out at home and a flyout to end the threat. He went on to strike out two in his three innings of work.
The Hoosiers are back in action on Tuesday when they will face Louisville at Patterson Stadium. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m. Live stats and audio will be available at IUHoosiers.com.
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