Wild Sixth Inning Helps Hoosiers Thump NMSU
March 11, 2008
FRESNO, Calif. - Indiana scored 11 runs in a wild sixth inning to snap a three-game losing streak with a 16-4 win over New Mexico State on Tuesday. Evan Crawford went 4-for-5 and drove in three runs for the Hoosiers, who improved to 1-1 in the Pepsi/Johnny Quik Classic and 4-6 on the season.
Indiana scored their runs in the top of the sixth on six hits and six walks, and all 11 runs came across with two outs. Kipp Schutz scored a pair of runs in the innings, while Chris Hervey had two hits in the inning after pinch hitting his first at-bat of the frame. The 11 runs are the most scored in an inning by an IU squad in Tracy Smith's tenure and the most by a Hoosier team since scoring 11 in the seventh inning against Shawnee State on March 30, 2005.
The Hoosiers entered the frame with a 3-2 lead, and Schutz drew a leadoff walk before Michael Earley and Jerrud Sabourin were retired. After Ethan Wilson walked, starter Kent Williamson was removed with two outs in the frame. Jeremy Joustra replaced him and did not retire a batter, allowing two singles, a walk and a triple before giving way to Kyle McFadden. McFadden did not retire a batter, walking two and allowing a hit, and Anthony Arrieta entered the game. Arrieta allowed a walk to load the bases and then a Wilson bases-clearing double to make the score 13-2. Hervey followed with an infield single to score a run, and it took a pickoff throw from Arrieta to finally stop the bleeding.
Earlier in the game, the Hoosiers took a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the third. Freshman Dylan Swift led off with a single and moved up 90 feet on a walk. A wild pitch moved him to third, but Tyler Cox was retired while trying to advance as well, giving IU a man on third with one out. Means then hit a chopper over the third baseman's head and into the left-field corner for a double to plate a run, and Crawford drove in his first run of the game with a single to score Means.
In the fifth, Swift drew a leadoff walk and moved up on a Cox sacrifice and scored two batters later when Crawford singled him home with his third hit of the game. But NMSU got two runs back without a hit, as Eric Arnett walked the bases loaded. A controversial catcher's interference call brought a run home and loaded the bases again, and then a sac fly brought home another run to make it 3-2.
The Aggies got solo runs across in the seventh and eighth off Anthony Agnew, but the Hoosiers scored two in the ninth to reach the final score of 16-4. Arnett went five innings, allowing just one hit and one earned run, but he allowed nine walks in collecting his first win of the season. Agnew went four innings, allowing three hits and two walks, striking out three in picking up his first career save.
The Hoosiers will be back in action on Wednesday against host Fresno State in their third game of the Classic. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 PDT and live audio and GameTracker will be available on IUHoosiers.com.
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