Hoosiers Bested by No. 2 FSU
March 10, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Matt Bashore threw five innings and allowed just one earned run, but the Indiana baseball team was bested by No. 2 Florida State, 8-2. Evan Crawford and Reid Briglia each posted a pair of hits in the loss. The two teams will finish off the three-game series on Sunday, March 11, at 1 p.m. EDT.
Bashore fell to 1-1 on the year, as he allowed five hits and four walks in five innings of work and struck out four for the Hoosiers (4-6). Three of the four runs that he allowed were unearned. FSU starter Michael Hyde improved to 6-0 with the win, throwing 82 pitches on the night in five strong innings. He allowed four hits and one walk to the Hoosiers, striking out seven in the process. The Seminoles are now 19-0 on the season.
Indiana scored a pair of runs in the top of the eighth to trim the deficit to 5-2. Crawford led off the eighth with a double, his third of the season, and he was followed onto the basepaths by Sterling Mack and Keith Haas, who each walked. After a wild pitch moved all the runners up and scored Crawford, Josh Phegley drew a walk to re-load the bases with nobody out. Briglia plated Mack with a sac fly to left, but that was all the Hoosiers could muster in the frame.
The Seminoles responded with three runs on two hits, two walks and two hit batsmen. After loading the bases with nobody out, Brandon Reichert ripped a double to right-center to clear the bases and make the score 8-2. Joe Vicini pitched out of a bases-loaded jam to limit the FSU damage to three.
The Hoosiers had a golden opportunity in the top of the second, when three of the first four hitters reached to load the bases with one out. But Hyde was able to get Andrew Means to ground into a fielder's choice to retire Briglia at home, then got Crawford swinging on a 3-2 pitch to end the IU threat.
The Seminoles carried that momentum into the bottom of the inning, scoring three unearned runs in the frame. With runners at the corners and one out, Bashore got a critical strikeout and then got Brandon Reichert to ground to third. But Tyler Cox misplayed the grounder to plate a run and FSU followed with a run on a wild pitch and one on a double by Mark Hallberg to make the score 3-0.
Keith Haas saved a run for the Hoosiers with a pair of brilliant defensive stops. With Tony Thomas Jr. on second base and two out, Hallberg slapped a grounder up the middle that Haas snared, diving to his left. Haas jumped to his feet and gunned down the speedster at first.
FSU added a single run in the bottom of the sixth. Jason Stidham led off the inning with a walk, ending Bashore's night. Billy Kitchen came on in relief and walked Ruairi O'Connor to give the home squad two on and nobody out. After getting D'Vontrey Richardson to ground into a double play that advanced Stidham to third, Kitchen threw a 1-0 pitch to Brandon Reichert wide to plate the third baseman and make the score 4-0. FSU added another unearned run in the bottom of the seventh on a bloop single by Jack Rye.
Kitchen and Danny Rosenbaum pitched an inning apiece in relief for the Hoosiers, with Rosenbaum surrendering one unearned run. J.T. Larson, Eric Arnett and Vicini also pitched in the loss for IU. Haas and Mack each posted 1-for-3 nights at the plate.
After finishing the FSU series, IU will travel to Jacksonville, Fla., for a pair of games against North Florida. The two teams square off on Tuesday, March 13, and Wednesday, March 14, with both games scheduled to start at 7 p.m.
Check back soon