IU Chops Down Sycamores, 6-4, in Terre Haute
March 9, 2011
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Playing in the state of Indiana for the first time this season, the Hoosier Baseball team (7-4) picked up a 6-4 road victory at Indiana State (5-6) on Wednesday. Dillon Dooney provided three RBI to the winning effort. Indiana has now won four of the last five, and seven of their last nine games.
The Sycamores struck first, pushing a lone run across in the bottom of the first. After a scoreless second stanza, Indiana took a 3-1 lead in the third frame. The Hoosiers had a read on ISU's Greg Kuhlman, blasting the lefty for three consecutive hits all coming on the first pitch of the at-bat. Wes Wilson finished off the scoring spree with his go-to shot thus far this year, grooving a fast ball through the left side of the infield to drive in the third run of the inning.
Indiana State sliced into the deficit in the fourth with back-to-back swings off the wall to make it a 3-2 ball game. The next Sycamore then reached on an infield single and ISU had a little momentum going. It was quickly halted though when Matt Carr picked him off at first. It was Indiana's Big Ten-leading ninth pick off of the season.
Indiana was handed a runner in scoring position to start the sixth inning as Wilson was plunked and then advanced on a passed ball. Jerrud Sabourin took care of the rest, slapping an RBI-single into the opposite field. The Hoosiers capitalized on another ISU error moments later when Michael Basil stole home to push IU ahead 5-2. He reached third on a two-base throwing error and infield single by Justin Cureton.
Robby Ort, Indiana State's clean-up hitter, responded in the seventh inning with a laser over the wall in right center field for the Sycamores' third run of the game.
They would make two more comeback attempts in the final pair of innings. First, Ryan Halstead had to enter a pressure-packed situation in the eighth, coming from the bullpen to see the go-ahead run at the plate with runners at second and third. An unfazed Halstead got it done in the sticky spot, recording a fly out to center. It was much the same in the bottom of the ninth when another `F8' ended the game with the tying run in the batters' box.
Starting on Friday, the Hoosiers get a breather from classes and head south to Winter Haven, Fla., for the Russmatt Invitational over Spring Break. Indiana will play eight games in eight days while in the Sunshine State. Visit IUHoosiers.com for live audio and GameTracker live stats for all spring break contests.
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