Hoosiers Zap the Zips, 4-1
March 13, 2011
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - The Indiana University baseball team picked up its eighth win of the young 2011 season on Sunday, topping the Akron Zips by a final tally of 4-1. The Hoosiers (8-5) tallied nine hits and did not commit an error defensively in the winning effort.
Chad Martin earned the `W' for Indiana, surrendering just four hits and one run in seven innings of work. He improves to 1-0 on the year with a 1.23 ERA. Micah Johnson highlighted the IU offense, recording two hits, scoring two runs and swiping a pair of bags. Alex Dickerson also had a good day at the plate, knocking a hit in three consecutive at-bats.
Johnson's first hit, run scored and stolen base all came in the second stanza. After stinging a single into right field, the Indianapolis, Ind., native took off for second base for steal No. 1 of the day. He then advanced to third on a ground ball. Johnson trotted the final 90 feet to home via a sacrifice fly by Trace Knoblauch.
As Martin steamrolled through the first three innings, he got a little help from his center field, T.C. Knipp, in the fourth. Akron's Matt Corpora will not be sending Knipp a holiday card anytime soon after he went horizontal to make a diving catch and rob Corpora of an extra base hit in the right center field gap.
Akron was able to muster a run in the seventh, evening the score at 1-1. A bad hop for IU lead to a double through the left side of the infield. The Akron Zip then scooted over to third on a wild pitch before being driven in on a sac fly.
The score did not remain tied for long, however. DeMuth drew a walk in the bottom half of the seventh inning to get things started. Next, was back-to-back hits by Dickerson and Lyon to go on top 2-1.
The Zips had something cooking in the next half inning, putting two runners aboard as Indiana's Ryan Halstead came in from the bullpen. Halstead's first toss was a wild one, getting to the back stop and placing the go-ahead run in scoring position. He then walked the next batter in four pitches to stuff the bags full of Zips. As he has done several times this season, the freshman from Cucamonga, Calif., quickly recomposed himself and sat down the next hitter on just three pitches to send the Hoosiers back into the dugout with the 2-1 advantage preserved.
Johnson's stellar day kept coming in the bottom of the eighth, launching a missile over the left fielder's head and off the wall for a triple. Jerrud Sabourin stepped in next and clubbed a chopper through the left side to put IU up, 3-1. Sabourin's subsequent steal of second base set up the Hoosier's fourth run. A pair of passed balls for Akron escorted Sabourin past third base and across home plate.
Halstead came back out to the mound for the ninth, fanning the first two batters with six consecutive strikes. The final out came on a slow dribbler to first base as Sabourin scooped it up and stepped on the bag for the victory.
The Cream and Crimson have a lot more work to do during spring break, playing six games over the next six days before returning to Bloomington. Tomorrow's opponent is the Pittsburgh Panthers (8-2) and their probable starting pitcher, RHP Ethan Mildren (1-1, 1.93 ERA). Come back to IUHoosiers.com for a live audio broadcast and GameTracker live stats of the team's 11 am EST battle with Pittsburgh.
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