Second-Ranked Seminoles Upend Hoosiers
March 11, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Junior Ryan Strauss held the Indiana baseball team to three hits in a 9-0 victory by second-ranked Florida State. Freshman Jason Ferrell pitched 7 1/3 innings for the Hoosiers, allowing seven hits and two walks to one of the top offenses in the nation. The Seminoles moved to 20-0 on the year, while Indiana is now 4-7.
The Hoosiers trailed 2-0 into the eighth inning, but FSU put seven on the board in the bottom of the frame to reach the final margin of victory. Josh Phegley, Josh Richardson and Tyler Cox had IU's three hits in the contest. Ferrell allowed five runs, all earned, and struck out one to fall to 1-1 on the campaign. Eric Arnett and Joe Vicini also pitched for Indiana.
The Seminoles got a pair of runs in the bottom of the first to take a 2-0 lead. Ferrell walked the first two hitters and then allowed an RBI single to left to Buster Posey that plated Tony Thomas Jr. After a sacrifice bunt moved the runners up 90 feet, Dennis Guinn plated Mark Hallberg on an RBI groundout to give FSU a two-run cushion.
After a shaky first inning, Ferrell settled in and shut down the Seminoles. After loading the bases with nobody out in the third, Ferrell pitched his way out of the jam by retiring the next three batters. He went on to retire the side in order in each of the next four innings to set down 15 Seminole batters in a row.
In the eighth, FSU chased Ferrell from the game after three of the first four hitters reached on hits. Thomas started things off with a double that glanced off the glove of a lunging Cox and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt. Posey singled over the drawn in infield to score Thomas, then Jack Rye banged a double to left to end Ferrell's day. FSU went on to score seven runs in the inning as Arnett and Vicini finished off the frame on the mound for the Hoosiers.
Indiana will continue its Florida swing with a pair of games at North Florida in Jacksonville March 13-14. The Ospreys will host the Hoosiers for both games, which are scheduled for 7 p.m. EDT.
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