Utes Knock off Hoosiers
March 13, 2008
FRESNO, Calif. - Josh Phegley and Jerrud Sabourin each had a pair of hits, but the Indiana baseball team (5-7) came up on the losing end of an 11-2 score on Thursday against Utah. The Utes (6-8) moved into first place at the Pepsi/Johnny Quik Classic, while the Hoosiers are in a tie for third with a 2-2 record.
Brian Budrow pitched eight strong innings for the Utes, allowing seven hits and two walks for two runs in the game. Joey O'Gara picked up the loss for Indiana, as he allowed 11 hits in five innings of work. Two of those hits were bashed for home runs over the left-field wall by Cooper Blanc, who went 3-for-5 and drove in five runs in the victory.
The Hoosiers got off to a quick start in the first inning, with Andrew Means leading off the game with a single. After Evan Crawford fouled out to right, Phegley ripped his team-leading fifth double of the season into right-center field to score Means and give the Hoosiers a 1-0 lead.
Utah took its first lead in the bottom of the third, as three straight singles gave the Utes runners at first and second and a run in with nobody out. A sacrifice moved the runners into scoring position with one out, and then Jesse Shriner hit a single into left field. The hit scored one run, but Chris Hervey gunned down the second runner at the plate to make the score 2-1 heading to the fourth.
IU tied the game again in the fourth, with Brad Henke starting things with a one-out single. After Sabourin added a single of his own to put runners at the corners, Hervey hit a grounder to short to score Henke, with Hervey reaching on an error. But that was all the Hoosiers could get and the game went to the bottom of the fourth tied 2-2.
Blanc hit his first homer in the bottom of the fourth with a pair of runners on and nobody out to boost the lead to 5-2. A sac fly and Blanc's second longball of the game brought three more runners home in the fifth and the Utes took a six-run lead entering the sixth inning.
Joe Vicini then entered the game for IU, striking out the side in the sixth. He also got the leadoff hitter swinging in the seventh, but an error by Tyler Cox and a trio of hits led to three unearned runs crossing the plate to result in an 11-2 lead. Cox then made the first mound appearance of his career in the eighth and got a pair of grounders and a strikeout.
The Hoosiers will be back in action on Friday against Portland in their final game of round-robin action at the Classic. The Pilots are 2-2 at the classic, tied with IU for third. First pitch is scheduled for 10 a.m. PDT and live audio and GameTracker will be available on IUHoosiers.com.
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