Hoosiers Knock Off Le Moyne, 8-3
March 8, 2009
STATESBORO, Ga. - Behind seven strong innings from Blake Monar and four hits from Jerrud Sabourin, the Indiana baseball team snapped a four-game losing streak with an 8-3 win over Le Moyne on Sunday. Josh Phegley hit his first home run of the year for IU (4-6), blasting a three-run shot in the third inning.
Monar scattered four hits and walked three in his seven innings of work, allowing just one run and striking out six. Sabourin delivered four singles to match his career high, driving in one run and scoring another. The sophomore is now hitting .512 on the season and has an 11-game hitting streak dating back to last year.
Evan Crawford got things started for the Hoosiers right away, knocking a single to right and stealing second to lead off the game. Sabourin's lone out of the game was a productive one, as he moved Crawford to third with one down. After Phegley was hit by a pitch, Alex Dickerson picked up RBI number 13 of the season with a groundout that scored Crawford to make it 1-0 in the top of the first. IU improved to 4-1 on the season when scoring first.
In the third, the Hoosiers added three more on Phegley's first bomb of the season. Crawford stroked a one-out double down the left-field line and Sabourin followed with a single to right to put runners at the corners for the preseason All-American. Phegley delivered, bashing an 0-1 pitch to right and out of the ballpark for a three-run shot that gave Indiana a 4-0 lead.
Meanwhile, Monar was cruising, allowing just two hits and two walks in the first four without a run coming across. The Dolphins cracked the scoreboard against him in the fifth though, as a leadoff single, a wild pitch and an infield single put runners at the corners with nobody out. Le Moyne then got a sac fly from Matt Nandin to get on the board at 4-1.
Started Luke Nellis kept it that way for the remainder of his outing, limiting the Hoosiers to seven hits and three walks in 6 1/3, striking out seven in the process. In the eighth, Indiana got four insurance runs on the board - three unearned - off Tom McDermott to break the game open at 8-1. Sabourin and Jake Dunning each hit RBI singles in the frame and Crawford had a sac fly as well.
Joe Vicini went a third of an inning before leaving the game, and Wyatt Hoff came on to record the final two outs of the eighth. Le Moyne got a pair of runs in the ninth off Hoff, but the freshman - pitching for the first time since being struck in the face with a line drive in the season opener - settled in to finish off the contest.
The Hoosiers will return to action on Tuesday, when they take on Morehead State in a home game at 3 p.m. at Sembower Field. IU will also face Kentucky on Wednesday at 4 p.m. in Lexington. Live stats and audio are available for all games on IUHoosiers.com.
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