Hoosiers Trounce Bulldogs 11-1
March 13, 2008
FRESNO, Calif. - The Indiana baseball team combined hot hitting with strong pitching in an 11-1 thumping of Fresno State on Wednesday. Andrew Means had four hits, scored three runs and made a brilliant diving catch in center field in the victory, while Kyle Leiendecker and Chris McCombs combined to allow just four hits to the Bulldogs in the win.
The Hoosiers busted open a 2-0 game with a six-run seventh inning and added three more in the eighth to win 11-1. Evan Crawford, Josh Phegley, Kipp Schutz, Jerrud Sabourin and Tyler Cox each had two hits in the contest in addition to Means' four. The Hoosiers racked up 16 hits in total, as they improved to 5-6 on the season and 2-1 in the Pepsi/Johnny Quik Classic.
Indiana got on the board with a run in the first, as Phegley and Schutz had back-to-back singles and a balk brought home the Hoosier catcher to make it 1-0. IU extended the lead in the third, with Means posting a one-out single, stealing second and moving to third on a wild pitch. Phegley then hit a ground-rule double to right to score Means and the game was 2-0.
The score remained that way through the sixth, as Leiendecker was dealing in his first collegiate start. The freshman had allowed just three hits and two walks in his first five innings. In the sixth, he allowed a walk and a hit batsmen, with a fielder's choice giving the Bulldogs runners at the corners and two outs. But McCombs came on and got pinch hitter Ryan Overland to ground out to first and end the inning.
In the top of the seventh, Indiana got things going with one out. A Cox single and a Means triple put a run on the board, and then Evan Crawford reached on a fielder's choice, but Means beat the throw and IU was up 4-0. Phegley then walked, and a throwing error scored Crawford from second. Schutz then knocked Phegley home with an RBI single, Michael Earley followed with a walk, and then Sabourin topped off the inning with a two-run double to the left-center gap, as the score went to 8-0.
The Hoosiers got things going again in the eighth as Means and Crawford had consecutive singles with one out. Then, Phegley was hit in the back with the first pitch he saw to fill the bases loaded for Schutz. The right fielder hit a sac fly and Earley followed with an RBI single. An error by the left fielder allowed another run to score and the Hoosiers went up 11-0. The Bulldogs got an unearned run back in the bottom of the eighth, resulting in the final score.
The Hoosiers will be back in action on Thursday against Utah in their fourth game of the Classic. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. PDT and live audio and GameTracker will be available on IUHoosiers.com.
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