Hoosiers Toppled by Fresno State 9-4
March 9, 2008
FRESNO, Calif. - Andrew Means had his fourth three-hit game of the season, but it came in a losing effort as the Indiana baseball team was toppled by Fresno State, 9-4 on Sunday. Michael Earley added his first home run in an IU uniform in the loss, which brought IU to 3-5 on the season. The Bulldogs are now 5-6 on the year.
Josh Phegley and Tyler Reimer each added two hits for the Hoosiers in the contest, as Phegley extended his season-opening hit streak to eight games. Doug Fleenor picked up the loss for IU in his second start of the year, while Joey O'Gara and Joe Vicini combined for five innings of solid relief for Indiana.
The Hoosiers got out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first by putting together a strong inning of small ball. Means led off the game with a single and stole second to move into scoring position with nobody out. Chris Hervey then moved him to third with a groundout, and an infield single by Phegley brought the junior home to give IU the lead.
But Fresno answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning as Eric Wetzel led off the game with a single and moved all the way to third on an errant pickoff throw by Fleenor. Danny Muno then singled him home to tie the game with nobody out. Another error by Fleenor gave the Bulldogs two on and nobody out, and a sacrifice bunt and a sacrifice fly gave the home squad the lead at 2-1.
Indiana regained the lead in the top of the fourth on Earley's first home run in a Hoosier uniform. Kipp Schutz led off the inning with a walk, and then the Anderson, Ind., native launched an 0-1 pitch for a home run deep over the wall in left center to put IU up 3-2.
In the bottom of the fourth though, FSU had its first four hitters reach to chase Fleenor from the ball game. The largest blow came with Muno's third hit of the game - a double to right center that scored a pair of Bulldogs. O'Gara entered with a pair of runners in scoring position, and got his first man on a strikeout, but an Alan Ahmady single scored two more and made the Fresno lead 6-3.
O'Gara retired nine in a row after Ahmady's single to enter the seventh with the score still at 6-3. But the Bulldogs put together three groundball singles in the seventh and three more in the eighth to stretch the edge to 9-3. Reimer doubled to lead off the ninth and scored on a Means single, but that was as close as Indiana would get and the game ended 9-4.
The Hoosiers will begin the Pepsi/Johnny Quik Classic on Tuesday with a contest against Gonzaga. First pitch is slated for 10 a.m. PDT. Live audio and GameTracker will be available on IUHoosiers.com.
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