Late Surge Pushes Zags Past Hoosiers
March 10, 2008
FRESNO, Calif. - Evan Crawford had three hits and the Indiana baseball team got seven strong innings from Tyler Tufts, but the Hoosiers found themselves on the wrong end of a 7-4 score on Monday. The loss drops IU to 3-6 on the season, while the Bulldogs won for the seventh time in their last eight.
IU and Gonzaga entered the eighth tied at four, but first baseman Ryan Wiegand hit an 0-1 pitch over the wall in left-center field for a two-run homer that broke the tie and put the Zags up 6-4. Gonzaga added an insurance run in the ninth to result in the final margin of the game.
GU got on the board first by manufacturing a run in the top of the first. Evan Wells started the game with a single back through the box, but he was erased on a fielder's choice hit into by Jason Chatwood. On the play, though, Tyler Cox' relay throw to first sailed high and Chatwood moved up to second. Marcus McKimmy then bounded a ball up the middle and Chatwood came around to score and give the Zags a 1-0 lead.
The Hoosiers responded in the bottom of the frame with Andrew Means leading off the game with a single. Crawford followed with a single of his own to put runners at the corners and nobody out, and then Josh Phegley ripped his team-leading third double of the season to knot the game 1-1. But then Kipp Schutz struck out and Michael Earley lifted a flyball to right. On the play, Crawford tried to come home and was gunned down at the plate as the score remained 1-1.
In the third, the Hoosiers took the lead on good hustle from Tyler Cox. The senior led off the inning with a double down the left-field line and advanced to third on a Means groundout. Crawford struck out for the second out of the inning, and then Phegley came to the plate. The sophomore worked a 3-1 count, and then saw ball four sail low and away. The ball squirted away from the catcher, and Cox raced home to score on a passed ball and give IU a 2-1 lead.
The Hoosiers scored another run in the bottom of the fourth. Michael Earley got things started with a one-out single, and Jerrud Sabourin followed up with his first career extra-base hit, slashing a double down the left-field line to score Earley and put the Hoosiers up by a pair of runs.
In the fifth, though, the Zags scored a trio of runs thanks in part to some sloppy defense by the Hoosiers. Gonzaga got a one-out single and then Marcus McKimmy moved up to second on a groundout. Then Brett Nicholas hit a slicing double that fell just out of the reach of Earley in left and Tyson Van Winkle reached on a fielding error by Cox at short. Shawn Winston drew a walk and then Grant Kvader hit a two-run single to put the Zags up 4-3.
Indiana tied the game again in the bottom of the seventh with a pair of two-out base hits. Means started things with a single to shortstop and promptly collected his fourth stolen base of the year. Crawford then followed with a single through the left side that brought Means home and tied the score at 4-4. But the Zags fought back with two in the eighth and one in the ninth to win the contest.
The Hoosiers will play their second game of the Pepsi/Johnny Quik Classic on Tuesday with a contest against New Mexico State. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m. PDT. Live audio and GameTracker will be available on IUHoosiers.com.
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