No. 29 Wildcats Edge Hoosiers, 8-7
March 11, 2009
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Indiana outhit No. 29 Kentucky 14-7, but the Wildcats used timely hitting and Indiana miscues to tally an 8-7 victory over the Hoosiers (5-7). Josh Phegley, Jerrud Sabourin and Tyler Rogers each had three hits in the loss, while Matt Carr struck out six batters in 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief against the Wildcats (11-2).
The Hoosiers trimmed the game to within one in the eighth, but Nick Kennedy got a key groundout against Alex Dickerson and Braden Kapteyn came on to close out the game with a perfect ninth. Matt Bashore collected the loss, giving up just four hits and two walks in 5 1/3, but UK scored eight runs - five earned - off the lefty.
Indiana got unearned runs in both the second and third innings to take an early 2-0 lead. Rogers got a one-out base hit and moved to second on an errant pickoff throw. After Cody Webber moved Rogers to third on a groundout, Chris Hervey delivered Rogers with a single through the left side to make it 1-0.
In the third, Sabourin got a one-out base hit and then Phegley followed with a single of his own to put two on with one out. Alex Dickerson moved Sabourin to third on a deep line drive to left center. Kipp Schutz then hit a ball on the screws to short and the ball was mishandled by Chris Wade to bring home IU's second run.
Kentucky got two runs in the bottom of the third and two in the bottom of the fourth, with three of the four runs off Matt Bashore being unearned. In the fourth, William Campbell blasted a two-run homer to right-center field to give the Wildcats a 4-2 lead after four.
But the Hoosiers knotted it up in the top of the fifth with two runs on four hits. Singles by Evan Crawford and Phegley gave IU two on with one out. Dickerson then followed with an RBI single and Schutz added a sac fly to tie the game 4-4.
Kentucky broke the game open with four runs on two walks, an infield single and a hit batsman by Bashore to score one run. Joey O'Gara came on to try to get a double-play ball, but the Wildcats delivered a single and a double for three more runs to make it 8-4. Matt Carr then came on to get the last two hitters on strikes to end the inning, but not before UK had mounted a four-run lead.
Indiana trimmed the deficit to one in the top of the eighth. Rogers led things off with a double and Webber followed with a walk. Hervey followed with an infield single to load the bases with nobody out, but the Wildcats got two outs on a 4-6-3 double play hit into by pinch-hitter Wes Wilson that scored a run. Crawford was then hit by a pitch to put runners on the corners with two down. Sabourin then delivered an RBI infield single and Phegley delivered an RBI single of his own down the left-field line that made it 8-7.
Indiana returns to action on Saturday when it will open its spring trip against Bowling Green at 9 a.m. in Winter Haven, Fla. The Hoosiers will play eight games in eight days in Florida for their spring break. Live audio and stats for all games will be available on IUHoosiers.com.
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