Hoosiers Lose 16-Inning Heartbreaker to UNF
March 14, 2007
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Indiana baseball team fell in heartbreaking fashion, as UNF took a 10-9 victory in 16 innings over the Hoosiers. Jon Dandridge hit a game-winning double in the bottom of the 16th to post the victory as Doug Fleenor picked up the loss in 4 1/3 innings of relief.
The Hoosiers had a strong chance to pick up a run in the top of the 16th with runners on second and third and one out with Josh Phegley at the plate. Phegley ripped a screamer down to third on a 2-2 pitch and the UNF defender was able to glove the liner and step on third for a double play.
Andrew Means went 4-for-7 on the night with two RBIs and a run scored. Keith Haas and Reid Briglia each had three hits as well, with Briglia scoring three runs in the contest. Tyler Cox and Chris Hervey had multiple hit games as well for IU.
A wild ninth inning saw the Hoosiers score seven runs and the Ospreys scored three to send the game to extras. Haas got things started in the ninth with a single to right field and moved to third two batters later when Briglia ripped his second hit of the day, a single to left field. Cox followed with a hard double to deep left-center that scored Haas to make the score 5-2. Pinch hitter Michael Nilles hit a sacrifice fly to left to score Briglia, and the Hoosiers were down to their final out.
Trevor McConnell then pinch hit and drew a walk to put runners on first and second with two down. Means then ripped a single through the left side that plated Cox to trim the deficit to one. Hervey then came to the plate with no hits on the season, and earned a chop single to first base to tie the score. Fixler then singled through the left side to give IU a one-run lead, and Haas followed with his second hit of the inning to plate Hervey. The ball then rolled past the center fielder and Fixler came around to make the score 8-5 in favor of the visitors.
In the bottom of the ninth, UNF scored three of its own. Damon Olinto led things off with a double to deep right center, but Eric Arnett rebounded to get the next two hitters. Mycal Jones followed with an infield single, then T.J. Gaudy was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second. The killer play came on a grounder to Cox that was mishandled, then the throw bounced wide of first to score Jones. Gaudy also rounded third on the play, and Nilles' throw to Phegley beat the runner, but Gaudy slid under the tag to tie the game.
Each team scored a run in the 10th inning, with Briglia getting his third hit of the day and scoring on Means' fourth hit of the contest, a chop single to deep third base. UNF added a run of its own in the frame, as James Belyea led off the inning with a double. Joe Vicini retired the next two on a fly out and a ground out, but Jon Dandridge dribbled a single up the middle to knot the game at 9-9 and send the game to the 11th.
UNF had a golden opportunity to win the game in the bottom of the 13th with the bases loaded and nobody out. Travis Martin hit a grounder to second and David Trager started a 4-2-3 double play to nail the runner on the play. The Ospreys then grounded a ball deep in the hole that Haas snagged and threw to Nilles to end the inning.
The Ospreys got a pair of runs on the board in the bottom of the second. Damon Olinto got on base with a one-out single down the first-base line, and Jon Dandridge followed with a double down the left field line to put two on and one out. After Mike Smith was hit by a pitch, Mycal Jones hit into a fielder's choice to score one run and then Chad Knight gave UNF another run on a walk to make the score 2-0.
Indiana got one back in the top of the fifth with three hits, including a pair of doubles, in the frame. Reid Briglia led off the inning with a double to the gap and two batters later moved to second on a groundout. Freshman Brad Henke picked up his first career RBI with a looping single to right field. Andrew Means followed with a double to left, but both were stranded on base after Bell got Evan Crawford to strike out for the second time.
UNF added a pair of insurance runs on four hits in the bottom of the sixth. Smith hit a one-out double to right-center and then scored two batters later on a two-out double to left-center by Brian Wilson. Knight brought him home on a single up the middle to make the score 4-1 in favor of the home squad. The Ospreys added a run off Jarrett Casey in the seventh on a double, a groundout and a wild pitch to up the lead to four.
Chris McCombs pitched six strong innings for the Hoosiers, striking out a career-high nine in the victory. McCombs allowed seven hits and three walks in the game.
The two teams will square off again on Wednesday, March 14, at Harmon Field. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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