Hoosiers Topped by Second-Ranked Seminoles
March 9, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Reid Briglia and Keith Haas notched two hits apiece and Tyler Tufts threw seven strong innings, but it was not enough as Indiana fell to second-ranked Florida State 6-0. FSU outhit the Hoosiers 10-7 in the contest and got outstanding pitching from Bryan Henry to move to 18-0 on the year. Indiana is now 4-5.
Tufts (1-2) pitched seven solid innings against one of the top hitting teams in college baseball. In his third start of the season for the Hoosiers, Tufts allowed nine hits, five on infield singles, and walked two while allowing four earned runs. Eight of the nine FSU hits were singles. Jarrett Casey and Doug Fleenor pitched the ninth, allowing two walks and a single.
Henry pitched eight innings for the home squad, allowing six Hoosier hits and no runs, while striking out seven. Henry upped his season record to 5-0 with the victory. Travis Burge pitched the ninth for Florida State.
The Seminoles got on the board in the bottom of the first after leadoff hitter Tony Thomas, Jr., led off the inning with a single up the middle to increase his hitting streak to 18 games. He moved to third on a passed ball and a bunt single, then scored on a fielder's choice by Buster Posey to make the score 1-0 after one inning.
FSU extended its lead in the bottom of the third as Thomas reached on his second grounder through the middle. On a 1-1 pitch, Thomas stole second and the throw by Josh Phegley went into center field to move the leadoff hitter to third. Mark Hallberg followed with an RBI groundout to shortstop to increase the lead to 2-0 for the home squad.
FSU tacked on another run on a solo home run by Jason Stidham in the bottom of the fourth to up the margin to 3-0. In the sixth, the `Noles used a leadoff single by Hallberg to manufacture their fourth run on a pair of hits in the frame. FSU made the score 5-0 in the bottom of the seventh on a pair of infield singles and a sacrifice fly, and added another run in the bottom of the eighth off Casey and Fleenor.
Jon Fixler, Josh Phegley and Tyler Cox each banged solo hits in the contest. Henry held freshman Evan Crawford to 0-for-4 on the day, snapping Crawford's hit streak at eight games.
The Hoosiers and Seminoles will square off again on Saturday, March 10, at 6 p.m. EST. Matt Bashore is scheduled to face Michael Hyde in the second contest of the three-game set.
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